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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!

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Perfect gift!

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! ☺️IMG_7216Day 1 – Form study challenge

The journey

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. IMG_7174

Awesome artist model

Hi guys,

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.

Body-Kun™ – Models for Artists

 

 

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