Monday, June 16, 2014

Clay Pots

 Final - Clay Pots.  Except for the flowers, I used the pastels.  The flowers were painted with the oil brush.
Clay Pots (ArtRage 4)


WIP 2, I made some changes this morning to one of the pots and added embellishment to the aqua colored one. I started adding the sunflowers using a combination of a pen and pastel.


WIP 2 Clay pots 2014



Clay pots (not an official title).  The beginning stages of a painting using ArtRage 4.  I first drew a preliminary/rough sketch of placement of pots.   I've started to color in the area using the pastel tool and pencil for edges.

WIP Clay pots 2014


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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Floral Fun

The painting below was created with ArtRage Studio 3.5.  I placed the colors on the canvas (using the paint from the "tube brush".  I used the palette knife to create swirls and such.  The paint was a metallic texture.

ArtRage Interface

Floral Fun

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A View From Above

Another photo I captured in one of my walks... which actually inspired two paintings.  This is the first one titled "A View From Above". Painted with Twisted Brush Pro Studio.


Inspiration photo
Blocking, which is done with a pen and blender
The sky was finished, I duplicated it and flipped vertically to capture the bottom and/or water on another layer.
To capture the feel of "flying", I tilted the entire "canvas".
I drew and painted in the plane's wing.
A View From Above final.  I added a little bit of filtering to darken the entire scene.
As I've mentioned above, I created two paintings from the same photo reference, which I titled "Sunset Sail".

Sunset Sail
I've smoothed out the sky and created water.  Embellished it with the palm tree, rocks, sailboat and pelicans, viola!  In the past, I like using the same reference photo a couple of times to create entirely different scenes. It's challenging and fun. 


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Friday, June 13, 2014

Apple Blossoms



Apple Blossoms by Buddhist849

Traditional digital painting created with Twisted Brush 16.17

Apple Blossoms by D Lewis


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Thursday, June 12, 2014

A View of the Adirondack Mountains

The beginning of A View of the Adirondack Mountains for me was remembering going on vacation and visiting Lake George, NY and Bolton Landing, NY.  What an incredible place and view!  I went looking for images on the net and loosely followed the landscape, but like all my artwork, it never turns out like the photo.  I sometimes use a photo(s) as a guide either for placement of (trees, etc) or use the color palette.

In the first image below, I started blocking, which includes general placement of mountains, water line, trees, etc.  Yes, it's a mess! :)  I'm using Twisted Brush Pro Studio for blocking.  I filled the background with a light grey color and blocking was done with a "gel" pen.  This painting all happens on one layer. (If you are digitally knowledgeable, you know what I'm referring to).

Note:  If using a photo from the internet for reference purpose, please do not use copyrighted photos.  There are many places to obtain free images.  A great resource is Wikipedia or Morgue Files.

Blocking
Corel Painter X, blending, using a "stump" blender
Twisted Brush Pro Studio
On the above image, after blending, I brought the image (with layers) into Twisted Brush Pro Studio.
I added the trees and foreground.
Final - A View of the Adirondack Mountains




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First Light

The creation of First Light.

How I begin to paint a landscape is that I'm usually inspired by a scene that I've witnessed, just imagination or the feeling I want to convey on paper (or canvas).  I've not gone out and done Plein Air, since my work is created digitally on a computer.  However for artists that wish  to do plein air with their iPad or smart phones,  one can actually create a painting or sketch on site or outside.  I shall mention this information at the next post.

First Light was inspired by a photo I took one morning walking my dog.  I always carry my phone and I use the camera from it.  I love snapping photos of interesting scenes, sunrises or sunsets.

Here is the original photo which inspired me:


Inspired Photo

Blocking
Using Corel Painter X, blending out the sky
Corel Painter X, flipped the lighting to the right,  laying out the landscape
After this, I became fairly frustrated.  I honestly didn't know where to go with it.  Since I wasn't looking at a scene, I was trying to imagine all sorts of objects to put in this painting.  Trees, cliffs...?  I couldn't decide, so I left it for a day.  The following morning, I took the painting and used another digital art software called Twisted Brush Pro Studio.  I started playing with the "layers" and all of a sudden it just happened.....the mood was perfect (at least for me :))!  I added the trees.....see below:

First Light with Twisted Brush Studio Pro
To finish the painting I embellished it with more vegetation and darkened some areas.  Here is the final result:

First Light 2014




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