BLACK FRIDAY / CYBER MONDAY FREE OFFER

BLACK FRIDAY / CYBER MONDAY FREE OFFER

Well I know the blog here has been sparse. What have I been up to? Writing my first Kindle book. Announcing: This guide is designed to answer the most frequently asked questions from a beginner about digital textures and basic technology. If you are looking for basic information this book delivers it into your hands simply and quickly. In this book you’ll discover: • How texture affects human emotions. • The various fields of art that use digital textures. • The core method of “masking” in Photoshop that you will use over and over again. • The crucial information about DPI and PPI to determine what size your work will print at. …and more! You could be on your way to filling in the gaps of knowledge you have presently in just a few short seconds, just click on the link below to buy the book for $ 0.00.  With the answers in hand you’ll be mastering the use of digital textures in no time. And today through Monday (Cyber Monday) I’m offering the book for free. Click Here...
Don’t Skip Using Traditional Medium

Don’t Skip Using Traditional Medium

I watch a lot of Youtube and Vimeo videos, gathering new information, learning the newest techniques when it comes to using digital mediums. Recently I’ve seen and heard quite a bit of digital artists telling young artists just starting out “don’t skip using traditional mediums.”  Hmmm, why is that? After all isn’t drawing on a tablet with pressure sensitive pen pretty much the same as a pen/pencil to paper or paint to canvas? In a lot of ways it can be and in other ways not at all. There is no perfect undo when painting with traditional mediums. No layers, they are all flattened in as soon as a new layer of paint or varnish or pencil mark is put on top of another. No distort, perspective, warp, or liquefy tools either. Some might be saying, “So. It only matters if the art is good and people like it, right?” As far as sales and aesthetics go I would say that kind of statement is correct. I personally like both mediums. One is not more pure than the other. I totally agree with DiceTsutsumi’s statement, “Who can say Craig Mullins’ work is any less sophisticated than any of the traditional oil painters? Good work is good work.” But there are reasons why it is important to use traditional medium. First off, digital paintbrushes, pencils, and filters are set up to mimic the traditional tools. Without understanding how the traditional ones work one may not know why they can’t achieve a certain look or feel they want in digital. To use traditional mediums is to learn to make your own choices about...

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...
Marketing Campaign Test

Marketing Campaign Test

 I’ve a number of projects in the “almost done” category and it looks like I will be getting some of the pieces to some of the project done throughout this next week. I’ll be making five textures available for free starting early next week. So be sure to check back and get yours. =) I want to start experimenting with some teasers for my artwork. I’m starting with this original Mech series as ACEO art cards. The first was the silhouette of a Mech with the teaser “It’s Coming.” I posted this card to Pinterest, my blog, G+, FB, and on all my eBay auctions I had over the past two weeks. The long strips for Mech-JB 2 and Mech-JB 3 are specifically designed to use on Pinterest’s vertical format. Check out how beautiful they work in the stream shot. We’ll see if I get more views on ebay when I list the two cards I have done. ACEOs (Art Card Editions and Originals), if you are unfamiliar with them, are art cards the size of a baseball trading card. What makes them different from art trading cards is that they come as limited editions or original art cards that are for sale instead of just being traded. They make wonderful gifts especially as stocking stuffers for Christmas, or part of the treats given out on Halloween. The mech series is designed for the young boys or tom-girls, and of course for all the young at heart. We’ll see if my efforts pay off with more views on ebay when I list the two cards. I’m hopeful that there will be a...
New Textures

New Textures

Made a few quick textures from the brushes made last week. Here are a couple of them. I will be offering a pack of textures in the near future probably free to start out. =) AND IT’S STILL...
Out of Necessity

Out of Necessity

I’ve spent the last year experimenting with making my own texture brushes in photoshop. I hated all of them because they didn’t do the job. And besides if I really wanted brush texture I could paint my piece in my Painter Essentials 4 program. Then, a couple of months ago, I upgraded my Macbook pro to apple’s Mountain Lion. Woo-hoo, I gained 12 gb of space on my computer…and lost Painter Essentials. No problem, Corel will do a patch upgrade like they have in the past. I called to find out when it would come out. It’s not..WHAT! I was told they do not intend to upgrade the program and I would need to purchase the $349 Painter 12.  Amazing what necessity will do for your motivation. It took me only a month to have a breakthrough. I created a thick paint texture brush, I lovingly named “My Monet Brush.” I have since created a few more texture brushes over the summer. Tonight I created another and tested it out.  Usually I just paint a sheet, no subject, just get some paint on the canvas and check the teeth of the strokes. Here is the page I did before tweaking the brush a bit more.  As I tested my tweaked brush and it started to look more like an eye I decided to take it to a painterly realistic state. Needless to say, I rather like this...