OCP Art Studio

OCP Art Studio or Art Studio was a popular bitmap graphics editor released in 1985, created by Oxford Computer Publishing and written by James Hutchby (original ZX Spectrum version).[1]

OCP Art Studio
Sample screenshot of OCP Art Studio.gif
Developer(s)Oxford Computer Publishing
Initial release1985; 37 years ago (1985)
Stable release
Atari ST / 1987; 35 years ago (1987)
Operating systemAmstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
Typebitmap graphics editor

It featured a GUI with windows, icons, pull-down menus, pointing devices menus, tool windows and could be controlled using an AMX Mouse.[2]

Some of the distinctive features include:

  • Different pens, sprays and user-definable brushes
  • Undo function
  • Textured fills (with user-definable patterns including stipples, hatches, bricks, roof tiles, etc.)
  • Font editor
  • Drawing of geometrical shapes.


The OCP Art StudioEdit

Released in 1985 for the ZX Spectrum home computer[3] and in 1986 for the Amstrad CPC[4] and Commodore 64.[5]

The Advanced OCP Art StudioEdit

Released in 1986 and developed by Dimitri Koveos[1] for the ZX Spectrum 128K[6] as "Art Studio Version 2.0", supporting the 128k memory models.[1]

In 1987 the Commodore 64[7] and Amstrad CPC[8] versions were released.

An Atari ST port was developed by Chris Hinsley[9] and released in 1987.[10][11]


OCP Art Studio was frequently used for making graphics for home computer games in the early 1990's, and was used for games such as Gauntlet III: The Final Quest and CarVup.[12][13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c ftp://ftp.worldofspectrum.org/pub/sinclair/games-info/a/AdvancedArtStudio.pdf
  2. ^ ftp://ftp.worldofspectrum.org/pub/sinclair/games-info/a/ArtStudioThe.pdf
  3. ^ "Art Studio, The". World of Spectrum. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
  4. ^ "the ocp art studio &copy rainbird software (1986)". Cpc-power.com. 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
  5. ^ "The OCP Art Studio" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-06-19.
  6. ^ "Advanced Art Studio". World of Spectrum. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
  7. ^ "GoDot - Loader for OCP Art Studio". Godot64.de. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
  8. ^ http://www.cpcwiki.eu/imgs/4/46/The_Advanced_OCP_Art_Studio_%28Rainbird%29_%28UK%29_Manual.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  9. ^ http://www.atarimania.com/st/files/advanced_ocp_art_studio_(the)_rainbird.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  10. ^ "Review: The Advanced OCP Art Studio (Rainbird)". Atarimagazines.com. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
  11. ^ "Atari ST Advanced OCP Art Studio (The) : Scans, dump, download, screenshots, ads, videos, catalog, instructions, roms".
  12. ^ Hamza, Kati (January 1991). "Running the Gauntlet". The One. No. 28. emap Images. pp. 37–38.
  13. ^ Scotford, Larry (November 1990). "Car-Vup". The One. No. 26. emap Images. pp. 11–12.