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

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……

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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Painting scars with my easy method, Painter 2018

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!

Happy Painting – Lion Art

Scar tutorial

 

Arrows in her eyes

35344BC2-0258-4AF2-887E-3FAC892E7211Hi guys, welcome to 2018! Hope you had great holidays with loved ones…

I’m starting this year with lots of work & fun things coming to this space, this portrait study I did yesterday to warm up…..time spent away from my studio has made me a bit rusty, so need to get my game face back on. I have been playing with Procreate a bit, & happy to say I have a nice set of brushes I created, a few which I used in this piece. I will be sharing some of them with you in the next few days… probably a little set of 4 or so favs. I’m including link to time lapse, if it doesn’t work follow link on video page to my YouTube channel… make sure you follow me here & subscribe on YouTube, don’t want you missing out on goodies do we! – cheers Lion Art

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/

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. ❤️❤️❤️

http://wacomnextlevel.com/vote/

Corel Painter Featured Artist

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Hey guys,

I received this shiny new logo from the Team at Corel Painter today. As one of their artists who’s work is featured in both Painter welcome screen & on website, I’m now able to display this on my social media accounts etc. As you know I love using Painter, the scope for creativity is only limited by your imagination & its with pure joy I open up my computer & Wacom Cintiq each day to work. If you haven’t tried Painter, head on over to http://www.painterartist.com & download a trial of latest version….& for those already using Painter, go take a peek at the exciting announcement today!

I’ll be adding lots of info in the next few weeks, so get ready for an awesome month!

 

Happy Painting  ❤️ LION ART

Suminagashi- Digi Style!

IMG_6672This piece is the result of warming up today after time off work. Laying down colour & playing with brushes in Corel Painter 2017. The brushes are ones made by a couple of artists to use when wanting to create Suminagashi style pieces, abstract & can also be used in other styles of painting when wanting expressive brush strokes & a little freeness to your work. When this started to appear it really gave me the feeling of Aboriginal art, which is both graphic & organic & always has a story to tell. I saw some lizard shapes emerging & decided to embellish on that & added several geckos & made the background appear tree like. It never fails to amaze me how Painter emulates traditional mediums so well, its what really sets it apart from other art software. This was only painted by my hand, I used brushes & colour….In the same manner I do when painting traditionally. If you haven’t tried Painter there’s an option for 30 day trial, I promise you will find the experience to be truly awesome, & for professionals like myself a most valuable tool for your business.

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