Sunday, January 3, 2010

How I work



So I am trying to get Monday Artday done and the theme is, for one more day anyway, horse.
Sometimes I do iterative saves just to have in case one day I want to do a tutorial because I am self taught and tutorials from wonderful and generous artists were, and still are sometimes the bases of my education. I'm not an expert by any means but I love digital illustration. I stopped painting for a long time and it is only because of painter x and my wacom that I work everyday that I am able to now. I take care of my grandson who is visually impaired and it is difficult to work on anything that can be messy. Working digitally I never have to clean brushes, worry about spills, wandering little curious fingers, smears, ruined work or starting and stopping what I am working on. It is such a blessing for me. I can start and stop with ease and I am usually pleased with the results that I get from it. Storage is also much easier than having a multitude of canvases and such. This is not a tutorial but more of a how I work. Let me know if it is helpful. Most of you may have better ways of doing things. This is just what seems to work for me.

9 comments:

  1. Karen, this is so beautiful and sweet! I love the details on her paper crown and how you put as much thought into your backgrounds as your subjects. I think it's wonderful that you've found a medium that keeps you working and creative - especially when you have to worry about when your grandson is around! I've got a long way to go before I do much digitally, but I do plan on trying it at some point, so this was REALLY helpful to see all the steps you take in creating. This was also an idea I had for a feature on my blog, to show my creating process - you beat me to it! It's always so great to see how other artists arrive at their finished products, thanks for sharing!

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  2. Are you saying you did ALL of this digitally? This is amazing!

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  3. yes, it is all digital, painter x and photoshop

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  4. Karen - this is a great post. I always, always appreciate viewing how others work, and it sounds like you have definitely come across the medium that works best for you. It's awesome to see how people use the computer so wonderfully and how you can definitely come up with some completely different "styles". I am so pleased to hear of your background with washes. I feel that I struggle with the backgrounds cause I just want to go in and keep adding more pigment. I will email you further. Thanks for the offer, you are very, very kind!

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  5. Karen I love looking at the process of your work. Its simply beautiful the finished piece. You are so very, very talented indeed. This is great work. Happy New Year to you and may your desk be filled with lots of wonderful work this year!

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  6. Thanks for the tutorial! Great to see such wonderful work being done on a wacom and digitally. As I said in previous post, the textures (and nontexture contrast) in this one really add an extra flavour. PS pioneer one is a wonderful work also.

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  7. Very nice & inforative post. Nice art work too. Thanks for visiting my Blog. Happy New Year.

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  8. Thank you everyone; I am still learning. I think I will do one start to finish next time to include the photoshop work also. I wanted to see if anyone was interested first though.

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