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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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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The next level!

The next level!

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, ❤️❤️❤️

http://wacomnextlevel.com/vote/

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.

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

Openminds & progressive thinking at Mornington Rotary Art Show!

I have 2 artworks in Rotary Mornington Art Show, opening on Thursday night 19th. Entering my digitally painted pieces into this fine art show, i expected it to be rejected. The fine art world tends to be very anti digital art, the meer thought of it being compared to traditional is enough to turn them white as a ghost!! To my delight & surprise, my work was accepted…showing me things are changing, & that Rotary are very progressive & forward thinking. Dropping of my pieces to the gallery, i saw so much wonderful art….so im looking forward to seeing it all & talking art with other artists & patrons. Hopefully i will sell both, & a percentage goes to Rotary for the various causes they are involved with….this majes me happy, as i love using my art to make a difference. For those who live in Melbourne, the Peninsular is a beautiful place to visit…the gala opening will have music, food & fun, or check out the show for the next week. Cheers -❤🦁🎨