Art, Uncategorized

My first creature!

I completed my first creature and I'm not mad at the result - but the point was/is to improve my skills - so I can't expect my first attempt to be completely brilliant because I'm working on new subject matter, and actually MULTIPLE new areas are involved in this process. Not only am I doing… Continue reading My first creature!

Art, Art & Design, Uncategorized

My Summer Art Class

Every summer I try to take an art class that is different from what I do every day as a pattern designer.  Recently, I've been looking a lot at illustration, and I have a few illustrators whose work I adore - but I am so not an illustrator.  I am a painter - and I… Continue reading My Summer Art Class

Art, Knobs, Uncategorized

What to do if you forgot to keep your layers separate…

Depending on what I'm doing, sometimes I like to keep my layers separated by color.  When working in Corel Painter, I love being able to select just one color and add a highlight or shadow to that part of the picture without having to worry that I'm disturbing the entire image.  Below is an example… Continue reading What to do if you forgot to keep your layers separate…

Art & Design, Chinoiserie, Uncategorized

My favorite brush for florals

I've been using Corel Painter since 2011, and I have always had my favorite brushes (the air brush being the main one) but since I've been upping my floral game lately, I branched out and tried a few new brushes.  Now by new, I don't mean the fancy ones that I've purchased as additions to… Continue reading My favorite brush for florals

Art, Art & Design, Uncategorized

Creating woodblock prints digitally

Woodblock printing is a technique for printing text, images or patterns used widely throughout East Asia and originating in China in antiquity as a method of printing on textiles and later paper. As a method of printing on cloth, the earliest surviving examples from China date to before 220 AD. Wikipedia I wish I had the… Continue reading Creating woodblock prints digitally

Art, Art & Design, Uncategorized

It all starts with a little paint.

I love working on a digital platform, but sometimes I really need to feel a brush against canvas or paper.  Lately, I've been working in watercolor because I love the look of illustrated florals.  Taking a watercolor into a digital environment isn't exactly complicated. Step 1: Paint a watercolor Step 2:  Scan your watercolor Step… Continue reading It all starts with a little paint.