Make art with your Atari!
Create a microscreen with your Atari computer and see it published in ANTIC! Many techniques exist, including the use of commercial products such as Micro-Painter, Graphic Master, PAINT, Fun With Art, and Drawit.* Or you may want to use Keystroke Artist, a graphics utility program that appeared in the August 1983 issue of ANTIC. Send your creations to Microscreens, care of ANTIC, on disk, and accompany them with loading instructions and a short biographical note of yourself. Good luck!
*Micro-Painter and Graphic Master are products of DtaSoft, 9421 Winnetka Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311. PAINT is a product of ATARI, Inc. Fun With Art is a product of Epyx, 1043 Kiel Court, Sunnyvale, CA 94089. Drawit is a product of APX (Atari Program Exchange), P.O. Box 3705, Santa Clara, CA 95055.
Dean Derhak's complete entry to Microscreens included 11 striking scenes entitled "Dean's History of Space Exploration." He origanally created them for a computer art contest sponsered by a television station in Salt Lake City. He won First Prize: an Atari 800.
Dean, 15, attends prep school and is a member of the Aerospace Institute, a group that lobbies in favor of space travel and study. Inspired by the work of astronomer Carl Sagan, he hopes to become an astonaut.
He used Graphic Master to lay down the basic geometric shapes for the microscreens, then transferred the pictures to Micro-Painter to fill in most of the details. We've picked three of our favorite screens from "Dean's History" for this month's column.
On July 20,1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon. This microscreen depicts an Apollo landing site. A luner rover is also pictured.
In 1981, the Voyagers, launched in 1977, gave Earth its most spectacular photos yet of the ringed planet Saturn. In 1986, Voyager II will encounter Uranus.
On April 12, 1981, the space shuttle Columbia, sister to the Enterprise, made a successful launch and flight. Later that year it completed a second flight, thus beginning the Second Space Age...