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Digital Painting

When computers became more mainstream in the commercial/graphic design field illustrators immediately began to experiment with how to draw and paint with the software. In the early nineteen-eighties we learned just how cool technology could be and we created slick illustrations, illustrations with shiny surfaces for slick shiny magazines, or at least I did. At that time I didn’t want nor care about texture in the images because the digital medium provided a fresh new look that was preferred to the redundant looks that had been used for years. Soon though we wanted a little texture and we would scan in a favorite paper texture that would be the background page of an article in a slick magazine.  Illustrators and Fine Artists would return to their traditional mediums, the paints, the pencils, and the pastels when they wanted or missed the textures they provided. Software came out such as Corel Painter, now in it’s 12th version that alleviates quite a bit of this need for texture in an illustration or fine art work. Another way to alleviate the need for texture in a digital illustration or photograph is to use photographs of textured surfaces such as a brick wall, concrete sidewalks, bark on a tree and so forth in layers over and/or under the work. Those who use Photoshop love this technique either to get a rather pleasing artistic feel to a photograph or to speed up the process of an illustration because of the tight deadlines an illustrator works under.   Many digital illustrators still prefer to use Photoshop to Corel Painter due to either crashes in Corel,...

This week | Pre-Release Sale

I am busily getting ready to launch my new texture site. I am offering a 25% discount on the $40 dollar bundle of 20 textures this week. Hopefully on Monday, that is tomorrow, the site will go live for purchasing. If you want to be notified when the pre-release actually goes live sign up here.  In the meantime, enjoy this quick video I did showing some of the textures. This video is available to watch in HD, just change the settings.     ...

Always Playing

I’m always playing with brushes, shapes, and designs.  I will often start by just  randomly scribbling some values and tones down in Photoshop. Then I will use the warp tool to change it. Warping a shape multiple times will sometimes give me incredibly realistic detail while other times it just makes it blurry. Thats when I go back in and paint or draw in the details by hand if the shape is interesting enough to me. I then sometimes mirror the shapes or combine different shapes to create new shapes....

Pose Tool

I have my hand in a few projects lately, one being  the Sci-Fi project that I will update in a couple of days. One of the gifts I received for Christmas was an iTunes gift card and the first thing I spent it on was the Pose Tool app that I’ve enjoyed hours of playing with since purchasing it. Take a few minutes and watch the video. If you’re an artist I can say this is so more effective than the wooden Mannequin that everyone seems to have posed near their desk but hardly ever uses to actually draw a figure....

Sci-Fi Project Continued

I’ve worked out some background settings for my new Sci-Fi setting. Put in some perspective grids and went a little too far in details on the mountain city scene when I still need to correct the perspective of the ship which should be the focal point. I am leaning toward doing the mountain city scene rather than the Miami like scene. Could it be because I’m from Colorado? Which would you like to see developed? Join My Mailing...

Feature Video

Feng Zhu is a professional concept artist and a wonderful teacher too. This is his latest tutorial, enjoy. Join My Mailing...

HEY everyone, I know you are waiting for an update on the new Sci-fi project but I needed to finish up this work and send it out for Christmas. I’ll be getting back to the new work shortly. Giclee and Canvas prints available. 20% discount through Jan. 9th, 2013, use...

New Work Finished and Started

My newest work is an abstract of Pampas Grass in that magical hour before the sun goes down behind the Rocky Mountains, Pikes Peak to be specific. The dancing tufts whisper and sigh with a musical quality in the stronger gusts of an autumn afternoon before the storm.  The work was started in Corel Painter and finished in Photoshop.  Late Afternoon Pampas Grass I’ve been doing probably 4-5 plus sheets a day of fully black or grayscale silhouettes (I lovingly call sils) and decided I should probably pick one to finish into a Sci-fi fine work of art to add to my portfolio. This is all done in Photoshop. Join My Mailing...

An Interview with Digital Artist Deborah Boyd

Snowfall in Central Park First Place and Best in Show Awards Jean Moore I was delighted to hear of Deborah Boyd’s recent first place and best of show awards for “Snowfall in Central Park” because this is a digital painting that was entered into Deborah’s local Art Guild show. While painting digitally has been accepted for over 20 years in the commercial art fields, it has not been so in the fine art field. Deborah said of entering this piece: I joined a local art guild about nine months ago. While I was readily accepted into their group, when the annual Fine Art Show came around, several long time members decided my form of art didn’t fit with the definition of “fine art”. At our last meeting, I brought in one of my paintings and my Wacom tablet and gave a description of how I ‘paint’. I told them that I did not mass produce computerized art. I said that the difference between what I do and what they do is that they paint on paper or canvas; I paint, then put my art on paper or canvas. They reluctantly allowed me to exhibit.  I was able to catch up with Deborah and ask her a few more questions about herself and artwork. Jean Moore How or Why did you get into digital fine art painting? Deborah Boyd I was the CEO of a local tourism bureau and due to high costs, I brought our advertising in-house. Photography was always a favorite hobby. I was looking for something to make our advertising pop, when I came across a class for digital painting. The thought intrigued me...