Explore, challenge, grow…..This is what I try to achieve with each piece I paint. Exploring new styles, tools, subjects….Challenging myself with composition, lighting, textures & subject matter, you cannot Grow without doing so. Most artists want to become better, & their work to evolve…Even those who create as a hobby, the satisfaction of achievement has no boundary! I’m still finding my voice as an artist, & have only been painting proffesionally the past year…(I worked as a graphic designer before I became ill a number of years ago & had to stop working.) I studied many subjects at Melbourne School of art, but graphics was the proffesion that provided instant income…& I had a child to provide for. This journey of my little sailor searching for the magic cherry blossom, comes from my journey…Where is my cherry blossom…Only time & hard work will tell. To my young & new artists, that follow me….Challenge yourself to draw/paint what you see, a 5min sketch can teach you so much…Dont get disheartened/frustrated…It takes time & practise, even the most naturally gifted artists need to learn about values, perspective etc. Most of all, enjoy the experience of learning…Be proud when you achieve something new. There’s lots of resources on the internet to learn to draw/paint from…YouTube tutorials, process sheets & tools like colour charts, & 3d models. It doesn’t matter what medium you are working in the basics are the same, value, form, perspective, lighting….Basics that are the foundation of every great piece of art. If your serious, & hope to work in the industry…Find artists whose work you admire & are offering courses, preferably those who have the experience & expertise behind them, with good reviews on their classes….You don’t want to learn bad habits from an artist who doesn’t know the fundamentals. So on this note, go forth & practise, study, have fun & if your using my brushes…Show me, I love to see your work! Soon I will be adding a feature page & showing off a piece of your work each month.
Awesome artist model
Just wanted to share a really neat tool with you…. I don’t like to push products onto you, but know & again I’ll find something that’s really cool & useful!
Art models have been around for ever & are a great tool, helping with various poses when drawing figures, & seeing where light hits & shadows cast, but this goes one step further & also provides props, plus a stand for dynamic poses & movements…..Check it out, makes a great gift for arty friends or a terrific tool to keep handy in your studio.
Out with the lion & in with the lioness
I decided I should really have a lioness for my profile image, seeing as i’m Lion Art! So this was today’s project…what do you think…is she a keeper? Painted on my Wacom Cintiq 24HD Touch, using Corel Painter 2017. Cant tell you enough how much i love Painter, & we all know Wacom kick but against other tablets. Tell me what you guys are using tablet & software wise…what do you want me to talk about on here, its about as all sharing knowledge as artists. I love feedback guys, you can email, comment, go through inquiry page or even call me….lets get some great topics going!
Hi everyone,as I promised from the set of brushes i made for Fabulous Ferdi, i’m giving away one of the brushes! Ive called the set Furry Creatures & its the 5th brush (see below) my body fur brush & is wonderful for painting fur. I will put the link on my giveaway page to download from… I hope you enjoy it & love to see any work you do using it. If your interested in purchasing the set let me know, I will be adding things for sale & will do so quickly if I have people wanting them. Below is a chart of marks from brushes in the category – ❤ Lion Art
id like you to meet Fabulous Ferdi! Ferdi’s the star in a children’s chapter book I’m illustrating called ‘Fabulous Ferdi’ 🙂 Author is J R Poulter & designer Takara Beech, will be published later this year by Word Wings Publishing. We are all Aussies & the story is set in Australia….ill be adding lots of wips & updates, so follow me to watch Ferdi & friends come to life. To celebrate ill be giving away a brush from my custom brushes for Ferdi, & am working on adding some sets for sale, once my shop is set up. Make sure your following me to get notifications on this & other tips, giveaways & wips. See ya soon
Corel Painter Essentials on sale!
grab this promotional special while you can, doesnt get better than this! Corel Painter Essentials is an awesome program & the light version of Corels flagship program Painter 2017… it has many of the wonderful tools & brushes included in Painter 2017 including a cloning tool that can give photos a painted look. A wonderful program for hobbiests & those new to digital art, very user friendly & less complex that its Big sister Painter Essentials will provide hours of fun, creating original art to decorate your home & share with your family/friends.
Painting by Michelle Webb, Lion Art Studio… in Painter Essentials
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New page with freebies!
Hi guys, ive just been doing some work on my blog & have added a couple of new pages, one for video links & tutorials the other for giveaways… woo hoo!
I hope this makes it easier for you to find everything. 😏😌
To make sure you don’t miss out, follow my blog…just hit the blue ‘follow’ button on my blog, then follow the instructions… you can set it to notify you of new posts & never miss out on a giveaway – ❤️🦁🎨
I also wanted to take a minute to tell you about some exciting news! I am currently working on illustrations for a wonderful childrens story book ‘Fabulous Ferdi’ by author JR Poulter & designer Takara Beech…. it will be released later this year by Word Wings Publishing.
In the meantime I will show you wips & sketches along the way!
©Lion Art Studio – Michelle Webb
Concept sketches for Fabulous Ferdi…. ©Lion Art Studio
iPad for artists…who’d have thunk it!
I recently purchased an iPad Pro & Apple Pencil… after a lot of research (asking my artist mates)…as i need to work when away from my studio. Much as i lovemy Cintiq 24hd & Alienware i7, neither are particularly portable, & to get the equivalent i need at least $5000 handy….not possible!! So my quest for an alternative led me to Apple, & a handy app called Procreate.. i expected to be able to sketch, rough out ideas & then take them back to work on actual paintings…. but what ive found, is i can do so much more! Procreate provides a nice array of brushes & tools, along with canvas sizes big enough for large scale output….while the 12.9″ screen of top iPad Pro with 256gb & the impressive, responsive Apple Pencil give artists enough horsepower to accomplish complex artwork with around 10hours batery life. Theres other apps -Adobe sketch, Sketchbook Pro etc but they dont quite measure up to Procreate..
I do love Painter & PS, plus my favourite toy will always be my Cintiq….but im very pleased to bring Apple along for the ride ☺
First sketch trying out Procreate, just mucking around with various brushes.
©Lion Art Studio
Openminds & progressive thinking at Mornington Rotary Art Show!
I have 2 artworks in Rotary Mornington Art Show, opening on Thursday night 19th. Entering my digitally painted pieces into this fine art show, i expected it to be rejected. The fine art world tends to be very anti digital art, the meer thought of it being compared to traditional is enough to turn them white as a ghost!! To my delight & surprise, my work was accepted…showing me things are changing, & that Rotary are very progressive & forward thinking. Dropping of my pieces to the gallery, i saw so much wonderful art….so im looking forward to seeing it all & talking art with other artists & patrons. Hopefully i will sell both, & a percentage goes to Rotary for the various causes they are involved with….this majes me happy, as i love using my art to make a difference. For those who live in Melbourne, the Peninsular is a beautiful place to visit…the gala opening will have music, food & fun, or check out the show for the next week. Cheers -❤🦁🎨
Sketches for Ferdi!
Ive just begun work on a childrens book im illustrating….totally excited as its my first one!
Author JR Poulter, book designer Takara Beech & Word Wings publishing, are the awesome gang im working with…im very grateful for the oportunity, as not only is it a job, its also a great learning experience. As others artists know, its extemely competitive…getting into book illustrating not only takes hard work, you have to be of a calibre hign enough that publishers will be willing to give you a break…. this is exactly what Word Wings & Jen Poulter have done for me.
Im at the beginning of the process, developing characters for ‘Fabulous Ferdi-Horse With Heart’. The story is Very close to my heart, which is something Jennifer is very clever at- selecting the perfect artist for each wonderful story she writes! I spent most of my life riding, training & racing horses, & my daughter did the pony club & kids racing circuit… i still love horses very much & any opportunity to ride & spend time with them is precious.
As i progress with the illustrations, i will be showing you some wips… i really hope you join me on this ride…& for those with children… release date is later this year, kids will totally fall in love with Ferdi & his friends…i know i have.
Cheers – ❤🦁🎨