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!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/451972778864289/?ref=share

Cheers – Lion 🦁

Corel Painter 2020 release!

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

https://www.painterartist.com/en/product/painter/?topNav=en

My new Corel Painter portraiture brushes, just released on Cubebrush!

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

https://cubebrush.co/lionart

Purchase prints now!

Hey all,

I’ve just opened a store on Artstation to sell some of my prints at great prices… An alternative for those wanting a piece of my art but can’t afford a commision or one off piece. Stretched canvas wraps, ready to hang, with some of my most recent & popular paintings.

https://www.artstation.com/lionart/prints

Glimmer

Hope you find something you love,

Cheers – Lion

Adobe Photoshop CC to be released for iPad in 2019!

I received an email today from Adobe, announcing the release of full Photoshop CC for iPads…..not a watered down tablet version, the full program as an app. This is a game changer for several organisations…. firstly Savage- the Procreate gang, who’ve really held the monopoly of iPad artists, secondly Wacom…the Mobile Studio’s biggest selling point is Photoshop & Corel Painter…these full desktop programs can’t be used on tablets… third, is Corel, they really need to follow with Painter 2019 on IPad to stay in the game.. These are my opinions only of course, I bet there will be some worried faces in these 3 software & hardware giants boardrooms today…

I do want to add though I love my Wacom Cintiq, my iPad wont replace it as the size difference is to great, I love Corel Painter it’s still my favourite program by far, & I also love Procreate it’s a brilliant app to just get stuck into painting without all the unnecessary photo edit tools…. I do wonder if any of this will change when Photoshop CC for iPad’s released……

Corel Painter 2019!

Hey all, I just received Painter 2019 on disk…. Inside was a leaflet & there was my artwork staring me in the face! I’ve been very lucky to have several pieces of my work featured in Painter launches over the last couple of years, but this is the first time it’s been used in packaging. Corel really celebrate the artists who use Painter, & involve us in many ways with opportunities to submit artwork for competitions, inclusion in new software launches & regular features on social media. There’s a wide community that can be found in the Discovery Center & Painter Factory, along with the usual social media pages. You all know of my love for Painter, in my opinion it’s the best software available for artists of all kinds…. nothing comes close the real media brushes, amazing papers & tools, we are only limited by our imaginations. If you haven’t used Painter, jump on over to their website & download the free trial….it’s 30 days, with all features just as if you have purchased the program. I guarantee you will love it as much as I do, make sure you check out some tutorials to get the full overview of this complex software. Painter 2019 is definitely Corel’s flagship aimed at professionals,  but if you prefer a simple UI that you can just pick up your stylus, select a brush & paint Painter Essentials may be better suited. It has many of Painter 2019’s features & amazing brushes that the hobbyist or those new to digital art can enjoy, with an easier learning curve…. you can trial Painter Essentials also…. so maybe try both & see which you prefer.

Here’s the link to the Painter website http://www.painterartist.com you will find all the links you need to trials, tutorials & communities, basically all things Painter.

Magic on iPad pro

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

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