Here’s the step by step process of a hyena study I did recently. I used Corel Painter 2021, but you can use any software… Painter does have lovely brushes that feel very like the real thing.
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Keeping your life going during Covid Crisis.
Hey all my lovely followers,
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!
Take care & stay safe, peace out -Lion
Lion’s Den now open!
Hey all, I’ve finally launched Lion’s Den Critique Group on Facebook, I’ve been thinking about it for a while, what I envision for this group & my members.
It’s foremost a group for digital artists to share heir work for critiquing… for artists really concentrating on growing & evolving, to work hard on the fundamentals of art. I’m happy for anyone of any skill level to join, but I want you to be aware that if you post your agreeing to having your work critiqued by myself & others in group. If you don’t have the confidence to be able to have your art critiqued honestly, this isn’t the group for you. This is not being mean, there are plenty of art groups you can post your work in to get likes etc.. in my Den, likes aren’t important….. learning & building your skills is the focus.
It is also a place where artists can share tutorials, tips & tools with members…. of you have a great set of brushes you’d like to give to others, or have members beta test before you sell I encourage you to do so… I also have no problem with posting links to your social media etc… I just ask that it’s included in a post about your work not just flat out advertising.
So jump on over & join my little group if it sounds right for you, I hope to see you there!
Cheers – Lion 🦁
Feature in Art/Edit magazine
Hey all, I’m very happy to be featured in Art/Edit magazine for their winter edition.. it’s available at newsagents throughout Australia, & targets art collectors, corporate designers & interior decorators. It’s a great opportunity to get such exposure. I have a number of things coming up over the next few months, one being a competetition that I was invited to submit for an international art magazine… To win that would be something special, so please keep your fingers crossed for me! I’m trying to find time to get more tutorials & the expansion of my site done, but I’ve been very unwell which has set me back a lot… the illness I have isn’t playing nice, & causing a lot more pain than usual, & usual is a lot of pain….so it’s hard for me to get anything done atm.
Hoping ill be better in the next week, & then it’s onwards & upwards! Lol someone said that to me recently, & brought back memories as it was the motto on my primary school crest! Geeze that’s going back a lot of years…..don’t want to even think about that!
Anyway, take care…..talk to you all soon – Lion
I’m excited my art is featured… & my thoughts on the newly released Corel Painter 2019!
With the recent release of Painter 2019 last week, not only was it exciting to get to show off all the wonderful new features (I’m a beta tester)..but also some of my artwork has been featured in Painter software, on their website, in a feature video & also in packaging & users guide. I have been very fortunate to have work featured the past 3 years, & enjoy the relationship Corel & in particular the Painter team forge with their artists & Painter users. Again Corel have outdone themselves, with a beautiful, sleek & modern UI being the first thing that greats you on opening 2019, & once you work your way through the new brushes, & other tweaks it’s the increased performance that really stands out. There’s a bit of new content, with brushes throughout the library, a new Stamps category & some new Patterns for use with Pattern Pens, but the main thing Painter builders concentrated on was creating a modern new look for Painter in general… I love the Dark grey theme, it’s default when opening & really works with my workflow. All the icons, palette backgrounds, sliders etc have been optimised for greater clarity & easier use. There’s been some tweaks for Touch tablet users, gestures are really on point now….I always had touched turned off on my Cintiq, but I’ve now turned it on & finding its fast, clean & accurate. As for performance, you will find up to 50% increase in speed of some brushes…esp those artists like myself who work on very large canvas at highs res, with engine intensive brushes…. it’s well worth the upgrade for that alone!
Jump on over to http://www.painterartist.com to get the special discount upgrade price now!
‘The Journey’ artwork taking expressions of interest to purchase
Hi guys, I’ve decided to sell my painting The Journey created on brush aluminium. Just wrapped up with The Next Level Exhibition, this piece has travelled its own journey through New Zealand & Australia & is included in the 2017 publication of The Next Level. I painted this digitally in Painter 2017, it was then selected by Corel as a feature artwork in Painter 2018…giving it further recognition world wide. The inspiration for this was developed from a month travelling throughout Vietnam, such a magical place esp the mysterious Halong Bay. Here long boats carry travellers & their guides among the untouched islands & land formations making you feel like you’ve stepped back in time it’s dinosaurs.
This personal painting I created on metal to keep myself, but I’ve decided due to its success It’s a great opportunity to sell it as I need to raise money for upcoming projects & expansion of my website. This would make a really great gift for the art collector/lover in your life. I only began painting digitally 2yrs ago & putting my work out to the world for exhibitions & competitions this year, & as a new emerging artist have been quite successful. I chose the 2 award exhibitions I entered without any real hope of being selected, both are quite prestigious on a national & international level. I was so surprised when I was selected as a finalist in the Queensland Contemporary Art Awards with ‘Cry Wolf,’ & from that made it into the top group of artists. The other was the recent Next Level Exhibition & Publication, with The Journey… the competition to gain a converted spot was fierce, with entries from all over the world. The prize was being a chosen artist, & the exposure from this has been amazing.
The software I use is specialised for artists of all kinds, made by tech giant Corel Corporation, which I find to be closest to using real media with some extra super expressive brushes that are digital only. Corel chose several pieces of my artwork in 2016, & then this year to feature in Painter & on their website. The Journey being one of the first things you see when opening Painter 2018…. Although I am an emerging artist I’m really beginning to gain recognition for my work in both the digital & fine art world, this is unusual as most digital art stays in the realm of film, gaming & illustration industry…. I want to keep breaking this mould & keep my art evolving into more avenues.
Please contact me directly for more information, or to purchase The Journey…… I also take commissions for portrait, landscapes & other subjects. Thank you for your interest, I appreciate it. – Michelle
Please vote for me!
Hi all, I really need help to win the People’s Choice Award in The Next Level Exhibition.
Theres a prize up for grabs for voters also, check it out & choose my name (not the painting image) then scroll to bottom of page & hit vote button, I truely am thankful for all your support, it means the world to me. ❤️❤️❤️
I’m adding more to my YouTube channel each week!
– Hey guys, I’m working hard to provide videos of my process painting in both Painter 2018 & Procreate & to begin some tutorials shortly also, esp little tips for Painter. I’m aiming to start a Patreon page in the next month, as I really love sharing my art & what I’ve learnt with you all but in order to do so, I really need some sponsorship… it takes quite a bit of time preparing & editing videos, & I want this this to also be beneficial to you guys. On Patreon I will be giving my sponsors some special rewards & thank you gifts- custom brushes, artwork & other goodies I’m working on. Please follow my blog, subscribe to my YouTube channel & watch out for news on launch of Patreon….. thanks, love you all & thank you for your continued support! ❤️ Video page via menu above, has link to YouTube channel for your convenience.
Fathers Day, Birthdays, Christmas….A piece of art commissioned makes for a special gift for a loved one or friend. Engagement, wedding or birth of a new baby….no gift could be sweeter than a commissioned portrait.
My artwork is a combination of traditional skills & new age technology, contemporary & nostalgic with a twist & the opportunity to create something truly special & unique.
Call, email, or fill out contact form to discuss options & ideas…
It’s not to early to order for Christmas, the more time I have the better, I can only take a certain no to ensure you receive your artwork in time.
I have various pieces available as prints, & will be adding some beautiful bags, scarves & clothing in my shop next week….Follow me to receive notifications of this & other exciting news!
Check out previous posts for dates of
Wacom ANZ & Just Another Agency’s ‘The Next Level Exhibition’ showing in Auckland, Melbourne & Sydney. Featuring extraordinary Digital Art, created by 56 chosen local & international artists including myself. This promises to be a really great event, with opening nights at each location, combining music, art & opportunity to meet artists & other industry people…Plus prints of artwork & The Next Level Publication, will be available to purchase at exhibitions & online.
Sculpting in Painter 2017
As you guys know, I’m a firm believer in learning & studying regardless of how experienced you are. I’m currently doing form studies, particularly the human form (it’s always been the subject that I find most challenging) in between working on Fabulous Ferdi. Sculpting is the method from which we really are able to build form, so I’m working totally line & sketch free…Big brushes zoomed out with greyscale, no details (hair, clothes, Jewell’s etc) This forces me to use edges, these show the change in facial planes & provide contrast without the need of high contrasting values. I will paint this woman/girl over & over, the aim is to work on previous versions issues & see the progress from repeated study of same subject. While doing this I’ve begun developing a set of sculpting brushes for Painter 2017, however most will work with previous versions. They will be a set for both concept & portrait artists alike, tailored to produce clean edges & a couple of blenders to soften where smoother gradiation is needed. They & other sets will be available for purchase in a few months, once I’ve upgraded my site with a shop. Happy Sculpting! ☺️Day 1 – Form study challenge