I hope your doing ok, these times are challenging with social distancing, job loses & worrying about family & friends health. I think it’s really important to find the things that make you happy & devote time to it. I’m lucky, art is my happy place & my income… So work wise things are humming along…my recent position as a Corel Painter Master has been very helpful in this respect, & also seeing rewards when you’ve been working hard is always satisfying. I try to put my emotions into my work… It’s a great way of facing the things that are bothering you & releasing them. What are you doing, Are you creating while in isolation? Is it helping you get through this? I really want to know what I can do to help you with this… Tutorials, articles… critique sessions? Would any of these things help you to move forward with creating. I’m currently working in a new project, here’s my rough…. What do you think the story is behind it? Let me know how your going!
I’m so excited to share these brushes with everyone, I spent the last 2 years refining them into the perfect portrait set. I use these brushes for all my Painter artwork, esp my portraits. The core block in brushes are perfect for all subjects, combined with my concept & landscape sets… Well I think they are pretty amazing! I keep the prices down to make them accessible to everyone & don’t forget to grab my Short Cuts Palette, a free gift for signing up. I really hope you enjoy using them & please leave a review on the packs. Peace out – Lion
Painting in my studio, nothing beats my Wacom Cintiq…it has plenty of screen real estate & I have a secondary screen also on which I’ll generally have refences & sometimes I’ll even move tool palettes onto…although these days with Painters palette draws & all my short cut buttons I don’t really need to. However when I’m travelling, or just want to do some painting at night relaxing….either in front of tv or in bed, I just love my iPad Pro! Coupled with Procreate app, I can pretty much paint anything, the newest release has some awesome features including a warp tool & all new brush menu. This piece below I did last night when I couldn’t sleep, it’s just so easy to pick it up & begin sketching, I would truly recommend it to any artist digital or traditional….there’s a lot to be said from mapping out comps before starting a big project, esp when working traditionally….it’s a good idea to have at least a rough of your painting, to get composition, values, lighting & colour worked out before you hit the canvas. So think about it guys, love Lion 💖
Watch me paint this on my on my YouTube channel https://youtu.be/laOQ8VpLXrU
Heres the line up of artists for this exhibition, including little old me! Hosted by Wacom ANZ & Just Another Agency, & showing in Auckland, Melbourne & Sydney, each with their own opening night. Winning artists for this exhibition were selected from a huge amount of entries, from amazing artists all over the world…So it’s truly an honor to have won my place. You all know me as Lion Art, my actual name is Michelle Webb, as shown on poster below.
So for all those in Auckland, Melbourne & Sydney, get on down to the exhibitions & check out the amazing art on show, prints will be available for purchase & The Next Level Publication featuring all this year’s art will be on sale too.
For those unable to attend, prints & Publication can be purchased online at wacom.nextlevel.com
I received this shiny new logo from the Team at Corel Painter today. As one of their artists who’s work is featured in both Painter welcome screen & on website, I’m now able to display this on my social media accounts etc. As you know I love using Painter, the scope for creativity is only limited by your imagination & its with pure joy I open up my computer & Wacom Cintiq each day to work. If you haven’t tried Painter, head on over to http://www.painterartist.com & download a trial of latest version….& for those already using Painter, go take a peek at the exciting announcement today!
I’ll be adding lots of info in the next few weeks, so get ready for an awesome month!
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.
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!
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.
This is the finished piece from sketch in last post….ill be adding a process sheet for those interested in seeing how i got there. Sorry about the watermark, ive had a few instances of people using my art without my permission….so unfortunately i have to protect my work. Enjoy & ill be back with details later ❤️🦁🎨