I don’t know about you, but I’ve been noticing how fast time seems to be flying by! This time last year I was just about to head off to New Zealand – and honestly, it feels like it was only a few months ago that I made the trip. The reason I went was because my Mum was battling cancer and at that point she was incredibly sick. Sadly she passed away the day I left on my flight.
Once I came home I found it quite hard to get back into my art. My heart wasn’t really in it and while I have done a few pieces this year, it has taken quite a long time to truly get that passion back, and I am not sure it’s 100% yet, but it is getting there.
Back in 2012 I purchased Corel Painter 12 – a digital software programme for artists. Mine is called Painter 12, and I am still learning all the bells and whistles while there is now a Painter 15 version out and no doubt there will be more released in the coming years.
In 2013 I did a lot of ‘pet’ paintings and one I particularly enjoyed doing was of a friends cat called “Harry”, who like most cats seem to adore being in the sink! This was the painting I did, from a photo.
A couple of weeks ago I was looking at this pic and thought it might be nice to get rid of the sink and even do some more details on the actual cat.
My files are usually large 3000 x 3000 pixels, so when you zoom in you can see a lot of detail that you wouldn’t see on the finished painting. While there is nothing wrong with that, and in fact it doesn’t take anything away from the finished piece, I decided I wanted to have a ‘play’ to see if I could indeed transform the sink into a blanket and perhaps touch up the features a little more.
The fun part for me, of digital painting, is being able to try out different brushes, layers and effects. Believe me, you can get really carried away, but it is a great way to learn. The added bonus of course is that unlike traditional painting, if you don’t like what you just did, you can simply delete the brush strokes or even a complete layer.
My monitor is 23.5 inches so if I have my canvas at 100%, this shot below shows you how much of the overall painting is ‘on screen’. I am forever zooming in and out, that’s for sure!
The one thing I noticed when I zoomed in on the original ‘sink’ painting was that I had not done much detail on the nose. It was more like a pinkish blob! Now as the reference pic was quite small, there were no actual details to refer to, so I merely made up a nose! I then had to decide what to do about the sink, and thought that using a matching palette might be fun. Basically I painted all over the old background and spent some time adding folds, light, texture and a bit of a pattern – as you can see from this screen shot below.
So after much playing about, tweaking here and there, I finally decided I should stop. I have now uploaded the art work to Zazzle, and also my Redbubble store where it is available on a myriad of products. Enjoy!