Newest Work

Newest Work

I purchased an Intuos5 touch last week replacing my Bamboo tablet. I have to say having the ability of the touch right on my tablet is such a cramp reliever, and nib saver—no more scrolling with the pen or reaching for the touch area on my laptop. I still need to order the bluetooth kit for it and I want to try a surface cover this time around. See if I can’t get even more life out of the nib and keep from scratching the surface up. As you can see on the screen I’ve started another commerce like piece (better pic below maybe). It is kind of like puzzle building, taking bits from the underpainting with the marque tool and layering them on top after applying beveled FX and sometimes warping the piece a bit. Quite relaxing and fun on a Friday afternoon, the gray clouds making their slow crawl across the skylights before the rain begins. Join My Mailing List © Copyright 2013 Jean...
Digital Painting

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,...