Monday, April 5, 2010

My first attempt at digital art - Gail


First of all wishing all my internet friends a relaxing and fabulous Easter, and hope you all had the opportunity for some R & R and time with loved ones!!! :)
This was my first attempt at digital art using a Wacom tablet and Corel Painter software. This is one of my dearest friends, and she first asked me to do her portrait a few years ago as this photo was starting to fade and deteriorate. Gail is such a free spirit, with a bit of a hippy soul, and so I wanted to try and capture some of that in this portrait. What a learning curve - I have been working on this one on and off since last Thursday, between doing fun things with the family over Easter, which is a long time for me - as I usually try to get pieces finished within a day or two. I still have a long way to go in mastering this new medium, but will now offer digital portraits as well as portraits in traditional mediums, as it allows the customer to print out as many copies as they like, in whatever size they like, and it also gives me the freedom to be a little more creative, without the worry that a portrait might be ruined.

8 comments:

Dors said...

Wonderful Karen. I would not know where to start. Bravo to you for trying and doing such a great first time job.
It's lovely. I am sure you friend will love it.

AutumnLeaves said...

Wow, Karen! This is stunning! Green is my favorite color and I've often described myself to myself as a "conservative Bohemian." This fits right in with the image I have of me in my head! LOL She is beautiful and you've already mastered a new medium to my mind.

Artoholic said...

You clever clever cookie!!!

That is an outstanding achievement for someone who has just picked up a stylus!

I think that's a great idea about the mutliple copies. Digital painting has come a long way. Every exhibition I have been in for the past year has always had digital entries, with more and more being entered each time.

I did several digtal watercolours during my uni time - collecting digital brushes is just as addictive as collecting real sable ones!

I also did a digital portrait of Jez - came out quite dark and haunting, not sure I liked what filters can do to a face that you know so well.

Love to see more of this work Karen - it's just FABULOUS!!!!

Cheers,

Cindy

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you Dors - I was a bit like you, and felt quite unsure about where I would start, but once I got into it, it was actually very addictive!
Thank you Sherry - I can imagine you as a 'Conservative Bohemian' - that's a great description for Gail too - so I'm sure we would get on like a house on fire!
Thank you so much Cindy for your wonderful encouragement. I would love to see your digital artwork - any chance you could email it to me? I haven't seen any examples of digital art at any of the exhibitions I've been to yet, but I'm sure it will become more and more common. I think many people dismiss digital art, feeling it isn't real art, but this really was just as challenging for me as working with real mediums - actually more so, because you are drawing on the tablet, whilst looking at a screen.

Wendy Mould said...

Great work, I didn't realize you could get such great detail with the digital stylus.

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you Wendy - You can actually go as fine as you like - it depends on which tool you choose and then you simply choose a very fine brush size.

artbyakiko said...

This is beautiful! Was this done completely on a blank tablet from scratch? It must be weird to draw on a table and then see the result on the screen. I guess you always look at the screen while your hand is drawing. Great artwork!!

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

What I did was sketched the drawing first and then scanned it into my computer and then used the tablet and pen to fill in all the colour, so it wasn't completely blank. It is really just like doing a normal artwork, except that you are looking at the screen. They do have tablets where you can see the image directly on the tablet, instead of looking at the screen, but they were very expensive, and working like this is pretty easy once you get used to it.