About the Art
IT’S NOT PHOTOSHOP. IT’S MCCLINTOCK!
Robert’s McClintock’s artwork is created in one of the newest mediums in the world.
His work is a hybrid mix, combining his original photographs and hand manipulation and painting using a digital palette and a digital brush while working exclusively in Adobe Photoshop on an Apple Computer.
His lively and loose brush strokes and choice of colors are not computer generated, there is no computer effect that can produce his style in this way.
Robert feels very strongly that the automated filters in Photoshop can be a lot of fun to play with but are just too heavy-handed, too random and too easily recognized as a canned digital effect.
He takes great pride on the originality of the work and the hands-on workflow is integral to his process in creating the vibrant and lively quality of his art.
Remember too the artwork is first and foremost created from Robert’s original photographs wherein his choice of subjects and strong composition skills are unique and exclusive.
Simply stated, Robert completely paints directly over his photographs using a handheld digital paintbrush. He loosely sketches in complimentary colors and highlights select areas, using control he saturates colors while increasing the contrast which “amps” up the existing color palette. The colors “pop”, the natural colors of the streetlights glow brighter and the sky is bluer. The next step is the most time consuming part of the process in which Robert softens the photograph still with digital brush in hand by blending the edges and mixing colors together directly on the image as he looks at his monitor which is in effect his canvas. This adds the movement and signature style seen consistently in all his work.
A finished work takes him varying amounts of time to finish from 5 hours to 3 to 5 days depending on the detail and size of an art piece. That’s not including the time it takes to capture his images in the camera.
All of Robert’s images are created in large scale, averaging in size from 30x40 inches to 30x60 inches and as big as 5 x 8 feet.
The final works are not actually considered “re-productions” but rather they are “originals” since it was created digitally. They are being produced using a method of printing which is also completely digital, commonly known as “gicleé” printing. (If an artist’s original is scanned to make the gicleé, that’s a copy.”) This new standard in fine art printing, which uses digital inkjet printers using archival pigment inks with archival papers and canvas is widely accepted as the best method to produce the highest quality artwork. The longevity of these pigment prints is estimated at over 80 years before any noticeable degree of fading may occur. All of Robert’s work is color corrected and printed in house.
Robert’s collection is available in a wide variety of sizes from small open editions to higher priced limited editions as well as single one of a kind pieces. All of his limited editions are made one at a time and Robert personally hand embellishes them using pastel pencils on the paper editions and hand brushed acrylic gels on the canvas editions. It is Robert’s way of adding more value to the piece in that it is not only a gicleé but it is one which has hand work actually applied by the artist.
His popular collection of over 300 images titled “Baltimore Seen” spotlights representative landmarks, monuments, neighborhoods, and the well-loved restaurants and bars of greater Baltimore and may be viewed in his expanded, recently relocated studio/gallery in the beloved Hampden neighborhood.
McClintock’s colorful, hybrid art combining photography and painting has gathered national and international acclaim-most recently he was a finalist for the third time at MacWorld’s renowned annual juried digital art competition. This self-taught visionary’s images have also recently been added to the Smithsonian’s Photographic History Collection at the National Museum of American History.
Capitalizing on the success of “Baltimore Seen™”, McClintock has traveled outside the metro Baltimore area to create images of other U.S. cities including New York, Washington DC, and Philadelphia. Also popular with fans and collectors are his appealing individual and collage images of dogs and cats.
McClintock’s original work and gicleé prints creatively displayed on the walls of his airy, light-filled, waterfront studio/gallery are available in a wide variety of sizes. Prints are sold framed or unframed and the unique, affordable art is priced from $12.00 to 1800.00 dollars.