colorful images created using Adobe watercolor script

Animation/Illustration Student Interns With Adobe to Refine Digital Watercolor

colorful images created using Adobe watercolor script

Watercolor sample by grad student Daichi Ito.

By Alice Carter

Did you know you can watercolor digitally? Sure you can, using Adobe tools refined in part by SJSU graduate student Daichi Ito.

Ito’s work is on display through April 7 in the Art Building, Gallery 5. During a reception at 6 p.m. April 5, he will demonstrate the watercolor script.

In 2010, the Animation/Illustration program received donations of $10,000 and $15,000 from Adobe Systems to support a research project.

Graduate student Daichi Ito was involved with the project and made several digital tools using “Deco,” an advanced procedural modeling engine developed by Adobe.

Daichi’s contributions included character and object ideation tools that can rapidly generate more than one thousand ideations from a single artist’s sketch.

Several Animation/Illustration students tested these tools in order to provide feedback and refinement. Daichi also designed various digital brushes including a unique watercolor brush.

He worked with Adobe Senior Research Manager Radomir Mech, author of the Deco engine, to develop a new algorithm to simulate watercolor effects.

This program proved more efficient than previous approaches and was so innovative that Adobe recently patented the algorithm.

Daichi will graduate in May and hopes to begin a career as a technical artist.

Professor Alice Carter heads SJSU’s Animation/Illustration program.

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