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!
I had the best time hosting my webinar on my process creating a Movie poster in Painter 2020. The experience was made all the better having Tanya Lux from Corel there, fielding questions & helping fill out the dialogue in the moments I needed time to think about what I was doing. I hope that everyone who attended enjoyed it & found it interesting, the time went so quickly, I felt like I could have done so much more…. so will have to keep it for next time! Here’s the recording if you missed it….
For now, keep safe…. make sure your aware what is happening in your country with Corona Virus & take care of your loved ones, Peace Out – Lion
Wow! I’m so humbled to have been announced as a Corel Painter Master today. This is a huge honor to join the elite group of Painter Masters before me, artists such as illustrators like myself, Android Jones & Don Seegmiller…. others in fine art & photo art, all very talented in their fields of digital art. I’ve known about it for a while, so hard to not say anything when your excited…. but, i made it…. kept it pretty much to myself. i’m being featured throughout Feb & holding a webinar on the 27th with Corel…. you can find out more by clicking the link below….Check out all the awesome Painter Masters Artwork, its a feast for the eyes. https://www.painterartist.com/en/pages/masters/
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!
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.
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
This was a piece i created for a challenge…. my take on Vermeer’s classic Girl with a pearl earring. I see her as a young teen, innocent but smart….. what does this say to you?
Created in Painter 2019, used a few awesome impasto’s along with glazing & sketch brushes. Thanks for looking, follow me for future updates & don’t forget to check out the rest of my site….there’s some giveaways & info about myself & my art….plus videos linking to my YouTube channel which has lots of new tutorials just added with more to come soon.
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!
Hi 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.