I'm a Visual Facilitator, also known as a Graphic Facilitator.

 

Imagine a workshop or seminar. Sitting in the corner is an artist with an easel. That artist is visually interpreting the ideas that are flying around the room. That artist is me.

 

I work on my Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13 tablet, painting primarily in the free and open source artware, Krita, with a video projector hooked up to my machine so that people can see what I'm painting.

 

At the end of the session, everyone gets to take home the pictures I've made.

 

Here's a link to my Flickr set showing some of my work: Visual Facilitation.

 

I'm happy to work anywhere in the world, with the proviso that I have fair notice to sort out visas where necessary.

 

Please head for royblumenthal.com/portfolio for my fees.

 

Coffee-Shops and Me

 

I'm a coffee-shop schmuck, and I spend much of my time sketching people in coffee-shops. I'm somewhat of a leftie (probably more of a left libertarian than anything) and a sometime activist.

 

My Motto

 

I live my art in prosperity and abundance.

 

Technical Details

 

All of the earlier drawings are done directly onto an iPAQ 2210 palmtop computer, running a licensed version of Mobile Atelier drawing software. These pics are NOT suitable for artprints, except small, cos their resolution is only 320 x 240 pixels. I'm VERY happy to print them out as postcards for you. Lemme know, and I'll do it.

 

The later, more detailed, higher-resolution drawings are done on my Toshiba Tecra M4 or Asus R1E tablet pc, running ArtRage 2.5, Alias Sketchbook Pro 2.0, Corel Painter 9.5, and Photoshop CS2 and CS3. Almost every painting I make now is done in Krita.

 

(Sandi asked me if I get paid for mentioning ArtRage and Toshiba. The answer is a resounding no. I get nothing from those companies. No favours. No freebies. No money. No nothing. I just love what their tech does for me. I *DO* have a sponsorship deal with Rectron for the Asus R1E.)

 

I generally draw the line work on the top layer first, and then I colour on the layer below that. Each painting takes between 60 and 240 minutes to make, the colouring taking most of the time.

 

Creative Commons -- Attribution

 

I'm a great believer in the open source movement. That's why I release all of my artworks under a Creative Commons 'attribution' license.

 

My license means that you're free to use my work as you see fit, as long as I'm credited, and you distribute your work under the same license.

 

Swaps of Prints

 

I love doing swaps with other photographers and artists around the world. If there's a pic of mine you like, and I like one of yours, let's swap. Here's the deal... I give you a signed print, you give me a signed print. That way we both win.

 

My Blog

 

I've moved my blog to royblumenthal.com. I mostly deal with issues pertinent to my Visual Facilitation practice.

 

My Stuff on Zazzle

 

I'm now selling my artworks on various items at Zazzle. They're an official Flickr associate, so give it a try!

 

Where to Find Me

 

Twitter: royblumenthal

Facebook: Roy Blumenthal

Skype: royblumenthal

Cellphone: +27 74 104 6386. (That '+27' is the country code. Pop that number into your cellphone as it stands, and it should get to me.)

Email: roy@royblumenthal.com

 

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My Flickrstream hit 25 000 views in the first week of December 2006! Yay!

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And it's just hit 30 000 views in the last week of January 2007! Thanks for looking at my pics!

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Just gone to 40 000 views of my pics on Sunday 19 August 2007.

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50 000 views of my pics -- Wednesday 6 August 2008. Note the slowdown? That's cos Flickr doesn't include drawings in any public searches.

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60 000 views of my pics -- Tuesday 11 August 2009.

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70 000 views -- Tuesday 28 December 2010.

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  • JoinedApril 2005
  • OccupationVisual Facilitator & Artist-at-Large
  • HometownJohannesburg
  • Current cityJohannesburg
  • CountrySouth Africa
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Roy's art speaks to our aspirations and inhibitions both, to our limits and possibilities. His visual facilitation and training resource paintings have inspired me with their frank summaries of what matters, and what might matter soon. The colours jump at me, delight me, and the composition moves my eyes as though the… Read more

Roy's art speaks to our aspirations and inhibitions both, to our limits and possibilities. His visual facilitation and training resource paintings have inspired me with their frank summaries of what matters, and what might matter soon. The colours jump at me, delight me, and the composition moves my eyes as though the images are alive and active. Everything that Roy paints or draws seems like a moment in time captured for prosperity. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to share those moments, and look forward to many more to come! Mike Poole

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June 1, 2008

I like Roy's work ..... a visual treat

January 24, 2008

Roy is a fantastic artist who is evangelical about ArtRage. The way he creates images on a computer that look just like paintings is astonishing! He has a lot of time for the Flickr community and is always on hand with technical advice, constructive critisism and encouraging comments. His artwork is a sensation. His us… Read more

Roy is a fantastic artist who is evangelical about ArtRage. The way he creates images on a computer that look just like paintings is astonishing! He has a lot of time for the Flickr community and is always on hand with technical advice, constructive critisism and encouraging comments. His artwork is a sensation. His use of colour and the feelings that he evokes with his work is phenomenal!

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July 27, 2006

Roy is so great I love looking at his work and the way he transforms images into his own artwork. His work is fun, clever, quirky and honest!

July 8, 2006