ENMU grad wins national contest sponsored by Red Bull

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer

Using a computer as his canvas, a mouse as a paintbrush and software as his drawing tool, Dusty Deen created prize-winning animation.

A 2004 Eastern New Mexico University graduate who studied animation and graphic design, Deen was one of 43 artists selected to showcase their original artwork in the national Red Bull Art of the Can exhibit in Dallas.

The Red Bull Art of the Can contest was open to artists from various backgrounds and skill levels, according to a Red Bull news release. The only rule of the contest was to use the energy drink’s red, silver and blue aluminum can in the artwork.

Deen said he read about the contest in a magazine and felt he could bring something new.

“There was a real lack of variety with the pieces,” the former Portales resident said. “Why not bring something new to the playground?”

Now a production manager in Roswell, Deen accumulated more than 300 empty cans from friends and co-workers, but used only 15 for his “stop-motion animation” he named “Techno Cans.”

The graphic artist said he used Frame Thief software to create his video art.

“I took pictures of the (Red Bull) cans,” he said, “ and made the inanimate objects move and I set it to Techno music.”

The 25-year-old said he traveled to Dallas to see his creation displayed on a wall alongside numerous Red Bull sculptures. “It was pretty cool,” Deen said, “and it was good exposure.”

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