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 skin, children, dark complexion & subsurface scattering

915A7F4D-F8FF-46DB-B238-5CB3EBE4FF92Hi all, this is a little painting I did yesterday…..while sitting at doctors for 5 hours waiting to get in. You don’t know how happy I was to have my iPad! It was really just to pass time, however I like the way it was developing & the lighting gave me a good opportunity to do a tutorial. I decided on some backlighting was a great compliment, so added some rim light & subsurface scattering through her hair….one person mentioned it looks like she’s glowing…..which she pretty much is! I touch on this in the tutorial, hope you enjoy viewing & don’t forget to subscribe.

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

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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