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, or the “insane” amount of tweaking you have to do a digital brush to get the feel you want. I am not saying Corel is a bad program, I don’t have the full version, if I did I would probably put in the “insane” amount of time to get the brushes I wanted. My take from Photoshop illustrators is they don’t want to have to do that especially if they have been using Photoshop for years. 
I too have used Photoshop over the years being a graphic designer/illustrator semi-retired now. I’ve been developing my own textures to use in my work over the last 2 years as the photographic textures did not give me the traditional painter feel I desired, the sizes I desired, nor could I find that anyone had developed them. Photographers have begun to photograph paint textures, which is what I did at first. I went to the local high school and took micro shots of brush strokes of a bunch of student work. I have canvass texture, acrylic textures, watercolor textures, and so on. Still, I desired my own strokes over a students, but I had not painted in years and did not have the money to spend nor the space to start again, and to be honest I didn’t want the mess. I know others still do.
So there are two things I want to share, first I am happy to announce that I am making the textures I have used in my work available to you. Moore Fine Art Textures is now live.
Secondly, I plan on doing some of my own Youtube videos in the future, now that I have a new computer that can handle capturing a video of my screen as I work, however, there are quite a few out there already that I thought I would share with you. 
 
 

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