The video covers how to setup a new file. You will learn how to use the basic tools as well as how to use layers.
The wallpaper media I like is inkjet printable. I can print my own designs on wide format Epson printers. The thing I like about the inkjet media is that it is repositionable and removable. So, there is no need for wallpaper paste and no requirement to lay it down perfectly the first time.
My first two test prints shown below, are each 2 panels of 2 x 2 feet. I wanted to test the alignment and it was a success.
My first designs were lifted from 70’s motifs. Repeating crescents that give the look of fish scales. Also, stylized flowers.
The immediate feedback of my first test prints has been great. If you like it, check out the video below.
I’m really enjoying the creative process. It’s a way to create an entire installation or change the mood of a room.
I have a collection of watercolor brushes that have been sitting for too long. Since most of my recent work has been done on iPad, the traditional tools have been underutilized.
As I cleaned up my watercolor studio and pulled out a work in progress from months ago, I was pleasantly surprised as what a work horse the Japanese brush has been. Because it is bigger than the usual brushes I use, I didn’t think it would provide the detail that was required. That was a misconception. The brush ends in a fine point which is very flexible. It can also be loaded with a lot more paint than my smaller brushes.
The end result is a highly detailed tool that does not need to be recharged with paint every 10 seconds. The Japanese brush lasts and lasts.
This is a digital test painting for a series of work… The concept here is to capture the look of water is it splashes around a swimmer. The picture you see here seems to be a fairly reasonable attempt.
This is inherently an abstract concept. Nearly impossible to capture is this unique swimmers perspective. Also so many different types of light that can enter into a pool causing intricate reflections.
Please let me know your feedback…
Does the word mask mean anything to you? What about Snapchat? Today as I walked the dog, we sat in the shade. It was at that time that I opened up my newly updated Snapchat app and began playing with the new face recognition features. Wow… fun followed. I think the only thing this is missing is a funky 80’s sound track.
Taylor Swift was last weekends portrait subject.
These instagram portraits satisfy a few of my artistic needs:
Using technology to make art in new ways. In this case, the iPhone is step one for image searching and initial manipulations. Vector art software that was once only found on desktop computers is now available for free on mobile operating systems.
Experimenting with graphical treatments and layers.
Every artist has a style or look that identifies their work. Capturing my unique style within the constructs of the mobile software keeps the artwork fresh. This type of experimentation may not always result in a finished piece, but the artistic process has now got traction that can push finished work forward.
Creating affordable, original artwork that I can sell online.
The final product from this type of process will be inkjet prints on canvas. My vision of affordable artwork involves printing the final digital paintings. To make the work unique, the final touches are done in airbrush.
The images you see here are not final artwork.
1. Original image from instagram
2. Preliminary manipulation into polygons
3. Layering and background substitution in painting app
Making Subaru icons to keep my drawing skills up to date.
While browsing the nounproject.com I realized there were no good Stylized car icons. So, I started to make my own. Turns out they are pretty boring and a little goofy.
I don’t really care though, since these were more of an exercise than anything.
Here is a link to a Dodge Dart that I made and uploaded to nounproject.com
The time has come to get the blog going again. For the last few years a lot of new content has been put on networks like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.
For me, this has been a great way to receive instant feedback on new ideas. However, now I am interested in posting legitimate new content and managing that on my own blog.
The main goal of this blog is to promote my artwork. My sales of artwork will hopefully go up as I promote and provide backstory to the artwork that I am creating.
I also want more control of where my content is located. It’s great to have everything on Facebook and to be able to share with friends and family, but I need to put my content in a private area. I will still utilize social networks to promote. But now, the promotion will drive users to this blog and website.