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!
Software giants Corel have just released the next version of their flagship art programs Painter 2020! This brings with it upgrades in performance, more intuitive & sleeker UI with settings condensed to be more easily accessed, allowing faster workflow. The new GPU brush acceleration is a vast improvement, with brushes performing much faster at large sizes so there’s virtually no lag when working on huge canvases. One new tool is the Brush accelerator utility scorer tests your computer system, automatically applying optimal Painter settings allowing GPU & CPU to ensure Painter can move at lightning speed. This alone is worth the upgrade, but there is so much more including new colour Harmonies…a fantastic addition to Paintets colour management, colour Harmonies creates perfect palettes for your designs… Choose from complimentary, split complimentary, triadic, & monotones..you can lock these or create a new colour set to keep for further projects. The best thing is Corel offer a full one month trial, no catch, just download & use…once it’s finished either purchase or delete from your system (it timed out). I believe anyone who tries it, won’t be able to go back to previous versions! As a footnote, some of my artwork is featured on the website, software & in packaging of Disk set…however I am not compensated for reviewing Painter, these are purely my own opinions. Cheers -Lion
Now added to Gumroad, my custom Blenders for Painter 2019! I’ve spent the last two years building this category of blenders to suit my every need, from silky smooth skin to oily textured brushstrokes for hair….These blenders are esp suited for portraiture, however are just as useful in other subjects such as landscapes. I hope you enjoy using them, & have more brush packs coming soon.
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
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!
This was a piece i created for a challenge…. my take on Vermeer’s classic Girl with a pearl earring. I see her as a young teen, innocent but smart….. what does this say to you?
Created in Painter 2019, used a few awesome impasto’s along with glazing & sketch brushes. Thanks for looking, follow me for future updates & don’t forget to check out the rest of my site….there’s some giveaways & info about myself & my art….plus videos linking to my YouTube channel which has lots of new tutorials just added with more to come soon.
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!
The craze for artists all over social media atm is #artvartist pic of artist surrounded by their art. I decided to just stick with some of my portraits….These are what I feel most proud of, as up until about a year & a half ago I would not paint people. I felt I couldn’t, & had a real mental block since leaving art school many years ago. I put a lot of effort into working on this, & now I truely love painting portraits…esp these fantasy type pieces from my imagination.
What subject scares you the most? What would you like to be able to draw, but feel your unable to? Im here to tell you, you can do it….It just takes time, practise, determination & studying. Give it a go!
I’ve just developed an easy technique for painting scars & skin blemishes in Corel Painter 2018!
The wonderful impasto brushes I’ve tweaked & put together for you in a box file. Go to menu, giveaway/freebies page & click on link to download. Follow along with this video & you will be adding amazing scars (shown in pic below), skin pores & blemishes to your portraits & characters in no time!
Hey all, so The Next Level has shown in Auckland & will be heading to Sydney for November, then home to Melbourne for December. As part of the exhibition there’s a Peoples Choice Award….. & I really need all my followers to vote for me each day they have a few minutes. I promise it doesn’t take long & you go into the running for a WacomBamboo Folio! A really handy tool for business & artists alike. Enter your details, choose my name (not painting) & scroll down to hit vote button…. Thank you all, ❤️❤️❤️