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Musical Friends Painted Digitally

Again I am posting this one for those who do not follow me on Facebook, or chose not to even have a Facebook page.

Here are a couple of my friends who are talented musicians.  I like to keep trying new things with the software I have although I still have this thing about blending, which is in my opinion understandable, because that’s how I’ve painted in oils for years.  Old habits die hard eh?  However I did get to play with various brushes and effects on each layer as I went along, so that in itself was a bonus for me.

So here are the paintings I have done so far and a link to their respective pages/sites if you’d like to check them out!

This is Bill Belcher.  I first met Bill through MySpace and was able to not only see him perform ‘live’ via a webcast or two, but also have a CD of his music.  The original photo of Bill was in black and white, and as I love working with black and white, that is how I painted it.  Then I got the crazy idea to add some colour, so all I really did was use some ‘watercolour’ washes over his face, hands and guitar body and adjusted the effect accordingly.  Still so much to learn, but I am not concerned – after watching Master Painters who have been using this software for decades I am quite happy with my progress of less than a year.

To the right is Ken O’Gorman who, as you can see, plays the Saxaphone.  With this one I did try out something different and that was using an airbrush ‘pepper spray’ to try and create some skin texture.  It looked great on the screen I use for painting, but on the computer monitor I made poor Ken look like a pitted orange!  Not good!  So I blurred it out a lot, added some background bits and pieces and this is the result.  (Yes, another learning piece!)

This is my friend Yannaki Arrizza who plays amazing  Latin/New Age music.  The big challenge on this one was to paint the guitar somewhat accurately.  While I know there are a few bits out of place, I think that overall the guitar came out ok.  I also changed his shirt – again using different effects on various layers of it.  His hair was also fun to do after a few hours of pulling my own out.

The last one for this particular post is also an old friend from MySpace days.  Nate Birkey. Not only can Nate play a mean trumpet, he also sings as well. I have a couple of his CD’s and actually listened to them as I painted this one.

I did try something a bit different here.  Rather than using a tight brush I tried painting a bit looser and used a few different brushes, including chalks. Still more to learn in that department too, but it’s all great for me.

I am working on a few other musician friends as well and hope to post them when they are finished.

Just want to say a big thank you to them all for letting me use their photographs!  Your generosity is really helping me on my digital journey.

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Self taught artist back living in New Zealand after more than a decade of living in Canada. Starting over in more ways than one but always up for the challenge!

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