Virtual Painter

VP in Sunday Times
An illustration accompanying an article referencing VP in the British Sunday Times on 1/25/2004
Automatically making a painting from a photograph
Virtual Painter 5
Virtual Painter 5
2006, distributed by P&A America
VP5 Loux Loux - VP's icon model
VP for iOS
Dreamlike Artist Dreamlike Artist - VP6 icon

Virtual Painter - A painting device

Have you ever peeked around at the backside of the TV?
There are no tricks back there.

Virtual Painter is a program that turns a photograph into a painting, but in the same sense, there's no trick behind it.

In the following pages you can see the style of each of the program's painters. There are probably only a few people who will see them, though, and immediately wonder about the process behind them.
This exhibition, while recalling this project, becomes a construct inducing the theory hidden behind the work.
While recalling the project, this exhibition is becoming a composition to make an induction about a fundamental-truth hidden in the back.
It is my hope that once you have finished reading through this exhibition, one by one you will wonder about the pictures done by imaginary artists - "why did they need to make the picture like that ? "

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What is Virtual Painter?
"Virtual Painter (VP) is a software that creates digital paintings based on photographs supplied by you. There is no need for you to "paint" the pictures - that's the job of the "virtual painters" (filters). All you have to do is supply them with the materials and then set them to work.

You will be surprised how easy it is to get VP to create very realistic paintings. But the resulting pictures, based on your materials, are all originals. These unique paintings come about as a result of the interaction between your photographs and the VP filters.

VP is not a painting tool that you must master to create your own works of art. Rather, the filters it offers are like agents, virtual artists who have their own characteristic techniques and methods. You can preview their art and even request a few changes, but you can leave the hard work to them. Sit back and watch them paint. You're sure to be pleasantly surprised, time after time.
Happy virtual painting !"
(From the VP5 Users' Manual)
In 1995, Virtual Painter opened for the public on Compuserve and Niftyserve for Win3.1. Original "painters" were Rabica (watercolor), Purts (oils), Quapeo (gouache), and Targelin (triangles). In 1996, VP2 was released as shareware. Plince (colored pencils) and Saplet (pastels) were added. When a CD package went on sale in 1997, there were seven painter styles supported. With the release of VP4 in 2003, there were sixteen. In 2005, VP5 was greatly enhanced to support the high-resolution of digital cameras. In 2010, a joint development program with Casio Computer Co., Ltd. was launched.(was ended in April 2014.)

2014. Released Virtual Painter 6 (English, Japanese, Win8.1 store app editions) and VirtualPainter for iOS
2010. Joint development program with Casio Computer Co., Ltd. was ended in April 2014.
2006. Released Virtual Painter 5 (distributed by P&A America. Inc.).
2004. Won Shareware Industry Conference 2004 People's Choice Award.
2003. Released Virtual Painter 4 English and Japanese version (distributed by P&A America. Inc.).
2001. Released Virtual Painter 3 English version (distributed by Jasc Software, Inc.).
2000. Released Virtual Painter 3 (distributed by P&A., Inc.).
1999. Released Virtual Painter 2 (distributed by P&A., Inc.).
1997. Released Estampes French Virtual Painter (distributed by WSKA).
1997. CD-ROM package release (distributed by P&A., Inc.).
1997. Won 5th Online Software Prize.
1996. Released VP2 (shareware).
1995. Released Virtual Painter online via Compuserve and Niftyserve.
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