Digital painting is an emerging art form in which traditional painting techniques (such as watercolour, oils, impasto, etc.) are applied by means of a computer, a digitising tablet, stylus, and software. I work with 2 27” iMac’s one with an upgraded processor, Wacom tablet, Wacom pen and Corel Painter 2019.
Digital painting is a type of digital art, but it is not computer-generated art, in that it does not involve the computer automatically generating an image from mathematical models created by the artist. In digital painting, the artist uses painting techniques to create the image directly on the computer. Digital painting is also distinct from digital manipulation of photographs, although photographs may be used for reference.
My paintings are the result of conceptualising an idea and then implementing that concept as a digital file from one or more original elements that I acquire or create, primarily with a pen tablet, scanner and software tools. The original artwork is a digital file and is not normally sold. Limited edition prints are made from the digital file for exhibition and sale and the digital file is destroyed once all limited editions are sold. Here is a screen shot of my painting computer desktop. My second computer I use to view my reference images.
I have more than a hundred brushes, to choose from on the left menu, in the centre top is my colour pallet and on the right (greyed panels) I have all my brush controls, how wet, length of stroke, opacity how far the paint flows etc. Far right are all the different layers that I build up. Some of my paintings when I’m working on them are as big as a gigabyte, you can image the computer has a few problems when I feel the need to flip the work to make sure the mirror image looks OK too. It regularly crashes and in these instances I can often be found sobbing on the bathroom floor. Backups? Of course, but never enough.
I worked as an engineer, my training is in civil engineering and illumination design, including computer aided design. I used graphics and illustration to show clients how my designs might look in reality once they were constructed. My art training has been primarily on-line through the CGSociety who have many tutors that work in the animated film and computer gaming industry, as well as traditional artists who run workshops.