Thursday, February 7, 2013

Paint Party Friday February 8th, 2013








Happy Paint Party Friday.  I tried my hand at digitally painting this week.  I was looking for another creative process to do between drying times for my torn paper pet portraits but my studio table is so cluttered with bits and bobs of paper at that point that I didn't want to cart out more art supplies.  I'd seen some fantastic work my artist cousin had done digitally so I decided to give it a go. 

Well I LOVED this process and these two paintings I created.  I posted them on my Facebook page and had lots of wonderful feedback and best of all when I'm done all I have to do to clean up is put my tablet away.

I did get lots of questions asking mote about digital painting so I wrote this up to explain the process.


Digital Painting 

Process: 

Digital Painting is an exciting art form in which traditional painting techniques such as oils, acrylics, impasto, water colors , and collage are applied using digital tools via computer, a digital tablet, tablet tools and painting software. Digital painting differs from other forms of digital art and computer generated art, in that it does not involve a computer rendering from a model. The artist paints using true painting techniques to create the digital painting directly on the computer. The difference between digital and traditional painting process, is that an artist arranges their painting in layers that can be edited independently. Also, the ability to undo and redo strokes frees the artist to be more expressive and bold, But a digital painter must employ all of the techniques and study of a traditional painter. Color mixing and brush strokes are still carefully chosen and applied. Digital painting 
software give artists a similar environment to a physical painter: a canvas, painting tools, mixing palettes, and a multitude of color options with a lot less cleanup! 




My Digital Painting Process:
To create a painting I start with a digital photo. I hand brush and blend the pixels using a digital paintbrush stylus and an artist's tablet. I use the same motions and techniques that I would use if I were applying a traditional paintbrush to canvas. I love to paint this way; I have control over color and light and can continue to refine the painting without fear of ruining it, this allows me to 
thoroughly explore the image and bring out the emotional impact of the piece. 

Thanks so much for the visit!  Can't wait to see what you're creating this week!  Happy Paint Party Friday, thanks t Eva and Kristin for the awesome hop!




20 comments:

NatashaMay said...

Love! You make digital sound so easy. :)

Kim said...

I love the cat, the colors are perfect. HPPF!

Nic McLean said...

Is it manipulation of an existing photo-adding paint effects on top of it or do you draw the image from scratch as you would on an actual canvas just using the photo for reference? I' m torn over how i feel about digital art generally although the outcome you've created here. especially with the cat, is really good.

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

Wow, I'm impressed with your digital painting acumen. Seems to be a perfect fit for you. A good way to work in between your beautiful torn paper creations

Diana Evans said...

oh wow!!! these digital paintings are amazing!!! wonderful work Robin!!!

EVA said...

Two beautiful paintings! You have really mastered the digital technique!

ger chouinard said...

DIGITAL???? too scary for me ... have to master the basics first. Beautiful work Robin, I have been an admirer for a while! ❤

Netty said...

wow you are darn good at the digitals, fab results.
Happy PPF, Annette x
http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

Terri Morse said...

Your portraits are amazing. I particularly like the kitty portrait. Thank you for discussing your process. I think I'll give it a try! -Terri

Theresa Plas said...

O My Gosh! I always Adore your Pieces Robin! Thanks much for sharing!

Anne Manda said...

These are fantastic! Really like the kitty, very bold and imaginative, creative! <3

Stephanie Corder said...

Oh how gorgeous- I am in LOVE with that cat!
Happy PPF,
Stephanie

A Lady's Life said...

You've done a wonderful job with digital painting and done away with the mess of paint brushes and paint and the cleaning of the brushes.

Lynn Cohen said...

So unique and beautifully done, all. Your animal art is terrific but I am partial to the cat! ;-)

Linda said...

these are fantastic!!! Thank you for explaining what you've done. I imagine it takes many steps for the end result but it is SO worth it I bet!Happy PPF!

Jenn Girl said...

Very creative and different!!! I love it!! Especially love the colorful cat!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Your digital paintings are amazing! I've messed around with digital painting, but am no where half as good as you. Blessings!

Elisa said...

lovely work. Good for you to try different techniques. I have been doing digital painting too. Enjoy!

Giggles said...

I digital paint...these are fabulous....the cats colors and the dogs depth...love them both...
Excellent alternative!!

Hugs Giggles

Christine said...

beautiful digital work Robin, you have really mastered this.