let the river run
just passing through
help a poor man live
Space between Whispers
Want to try Dogwaffle?
Hi Mike, please tell
us a little about yourself?
Hi, I'm Mike Hutchens of
Nashville, TN. I'm slightly over 60 now (and
the foreseeable future), and active as a
professional musician. I have released several CDs
which are available for sampling at CDBaby.
They range from Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
such as "Crazy" dating back to the early 90's,
and Pop & Pop/Rock like "Let
the River Run" or "Just
Passing Through", "Help
a Poor Man Live" which is Blues /
R&B, and recently (2012) "Space
Between Whispers", which is all
instrumental Jazz and Smooth Jazz, and for
which I did the cover art in Project
Updated February 2015 - If I Cross
(New Song for a movie)
"If I Cross" was
written especially for the 2015 independent
film "Ghosting" from The Mont Alto Film
Project. The song is featured in this movie,
and available at CDbaby
and on eMusic, iTunes and a few more.
For more news about this exciting project and
other developments, visit
How did you become a
I found Dogwaffle through a
search for art programs on Google.
My first version was PD Pro 4/4.1, which I got
in 2007. I now use version 8, the Artist
edition, which I just recently upgraded to.
So would you say
you're an artist inside and out, visual
and acoustic and all that?
I do consider myself an
"artist" at heart. I don't paint much but I
have clear idea's of what I want to create.
Dogwaffle lets me bring my ideas to life. It
helps me accompany my musical thoughts and
expressions, such as when designing the cover
for my new CD.
What kind of PC do
you use when 'waffling'?
Until recently it was an
old HP windows XP - 2.6 Intel processor. Since
November 2012 I'm on a new PC with Windows 7,
so much faster and greater in many ways.
Dogwaffle is awesome on that new system.
What do you like most
This might sound
patronizing but I like EVERYTHING about it.
Do you use other 2D
imaging or painting tools?
I have used MS Paint and
also Photoshop for text & titling only.
Do you use video
no, I don't do video or
animations at this time. Perhaps in the
future, but for now I'm happy with PD Pro 8
Artist edition, the lower-cost edition which
doesn't come with the extras for animation or
Describe some of the
images & experiences you had with PD
It took a little while to
find the brushes etc.. that would produce what
I visualized, what I imagined. I also created
a few brushes of my own with images (Dogwaffle
calls them Custom brushes) and stamped them
down over the image. This took a few days to
get together, experimenting and learning as I
went through this.
Any last comments?
Overall I really love this program and can't
wait to see what I can do next with version 8.
Thanks, and I'm
sure there will be new samples of it on
your website soon. Where do you recommend
our readers and fellow wafflers take a
peek and listen to free samples of your
That would be under the "Digital Art" section
on my website at www.mikehutchens.com
and landscape design
New in Howler 9:
Toon brushes by Michel Agullo