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Painting Information

March 4th, 2011

Medium - Wacom Intuos 3 tablet, stylus pen and ArtRage 3 Studio painting software. The tablet is my canvas surface. The stylus pen is my paintbrush using different pressures and stroke patterns.

Digital painting differs from other forms of digital art, particularly computer-generated art, in that it does not involve the computer rendering from a model.

Brush techniques include:- oil brush, which I have set up to different settings of pressure, paint loading and thinner levels, the four main brushes being: 100% 80% 0% (25% brush size), 100% 36% 0% (20% brush size), 30% 12% 0% (4% to 10% brush size) and 80% 80% 10%, (50% brush size) and also customized as required in both square and round brush. Paint tube, mainly for background work. Soft tip pencil at 50% pressure is used for perspective and detail sketches. Palette knife set to many varying levels of pressure and knife size, four main settings: 7% (12% size), 5% (15% size), 15% (20% size), 100% (30% size). Airbrush, used only for shading work. Brush strokes are often visible in my work.
Painting technique – As with traditional oil painter’s, digital oil from the pallet flows from the brush in your hand, combined with your eye, brush pressure, strokes and colour, which then is a developing study on the canvas. Normal size for working is between 50% and 75%. Between 10 and 15 layers normally used.
Please read my journal entry “Basic explanation of my hand painted digital oils” for further information.

Traditional Painting or Digital Painting

March 4th, 2011

Traditional Painting / Digital painting
These are just a few thoughts and personal opinions concerning this subject, mainly because a lot of sites which can show your work seem to put a lot of emphasis on the difference or acceptance of the two types of painting.
As a once traditional painter using oils, canvasses, paper and unfortunately for me the awful smell of turpentine in the air, the splatter of paint against your cheek, the paint staining your fingertips, and then applying myself to the technicalities and disciplines required for digital painting I am constantly bemused by this subject
In my opinion, digital painting is just taking traditional techniques that little bit further, without being restricted to for me the messiness. I believe that accomplished artists are the individuals that can develop the same idea both traditionally and digitally.
By utilizing and developing the software technology available artists can be inspired on new levels, harnessing what technology and software have to offer. A lot of time and effort can be spent on a digital piece, but is it the same as the time and effort spent on an oil painting?.
I think that if many of the great artists could see how art has developed, they would be in awe or fascinated by digital artists, just as today artists admire and respect the masterpieces of the greats.
Digital painting for me is as an evolution of art itself, and is definitely a valid art form. It will never replace traditional art but is nothing to look down upon. It takes a great amount of skill, effort and patience, just as traditional art does, but nothing beats a one-of-a-kind original painting that is 100% unique and authentic. That can never be reproduced. I appreciate the effort that goes into it and the very delight of the experience that goes into it. But this doesn’t mean I consider the digital alternative any less brilliant.
Good digital painters have the same knowledge of light, shadows, forms, shapes, line, color, anatomy and mediums that traditional art is based on. Without knowing these fundamentals any type of art will suffer. It is more efficient to duplicate traditional methods on the computer, but it still takes the knowledge and time. It is a lot faster to create a digital painting: no time spent mixing paints, stretching and priming the canvas, letting layers of paint dry, cleaning brushes, but it still takes an artist to create a high quality piece of digital art.
Just something to think about…If you were going to buy a painting, how much emphasis would you place on if it was digital or traditional? Or would you go by how it looked, or cost above anything else? Would you pay more for a traditional work than a digital work?
My eye is very traditional when it comes to art. I know a blank canvas with an accidentally-on-purpose paint splatter is art these days but despite the artist’s best intentions and anything can be art viewpoint, I still like art to be something I can understand and relate to. Setting aside a few exceptions where I have been enchanted by colour or texture- I like art that’s nice to look at. By this I don’t mean beautiful- I mean sensual, absorbing, art that draws you into its form, colour and texture.
I am a fan of traditional art where the artist doesn’t create this aesthetic intrigue in front of a computer screen but my ArtRage paintings can take me many hours to complete, does the graphics tablet and good software make it any less of a painting in terms of the feel of painting. Having said that it is amazing how “traditional” some of the art work looks despite being done on painting software.

Basic explanation of my hand painted digital oil art

March 3rd, 2011

Basic explanation of my hand painted digital oils….

To create a painting I normally start with a digital photo which I have taken. If necessary I will alter the photo to suit, i.e. may change the sky, add more people, and delete items I do not want in the painting. I usually use Photoshop for this part.
When the photo now represents what I want to paint, it is ready to be loaded into ArtRage as a reference image pinned to my blank canvas.
Paper size and texture is then set up. The parameters for brush size texture of paint, thinners levels are set to a starting point which suits what I am to paint.
As I progress with the painting these are also modified, just as you would with traditional oil paint.
My photo is now added as reference image. From this point I have various methods I use for my colour palettes:
The main one is to set up a custom colour picker from the reference image; this becomes one of my palettes.
Next is set up a colour sample panel with all my primary colours on as one of my palettes.
Thirdly I will often select specific colours from the custom colour palette originally made, paint these into my canvas and then save a new custom colour picker as a new palette.
These palettes are now available for me to use as required.
With everything cleared from my canvas I can now add my first new layer. This is an important step in digital painting as with traditional painting. You can lay down the background, then blocking in the big masses with the three main values (hues) I have chosen for this particular piece. Now I will map out my shapes linearly just to get an idea of whether or not my big shapes I started with are going to work. I usually set up the average colors for these areas without blocking them in entirely. I want to be able to make clear decisions about changes or not, and the only way I can do that is by putting swatches of color near each other to see how their relative values contrast one another. Then with subsequent layers add the various levels of the painting blending and shading as you progress.
Next, I will start blocking in the rest of the color for each of the major plane changes, that is, not worrying about small details, just thinking in planes. And I continue to do this until it starts to feel three dimensional...
I make a line drawings and perspective lines in a layer and set this to approx. 70% opacity. Next can come the brushing in of the colour scheme.
The rest is painting in layers as you would normally with traditional painting. Now I am concerned with finishing, softening back harsh edges if there are any, losing significant details that are not required also at this time fixing things that maybe wrong.
Making sure that the overall image I started with, those three big color blocks are still present.
At the end you can merge the layers and start tweaking the colours, blending the layers and smaller details with brushes and palette knife
There are of course many details that I cannot cover here, such as hair painting in layers, lips, eyes blending techniques etc.
In my case I usually transfer this back into Photoshop for printing.
I continually save the painting in the Artrage format. When completed I save as a lossless TIF file so as not to degrade the image. Finally convert to JPEG once only for printing.