Choosing a Medium...and a New Toy!
As an artist, I'm sometimes asked why I don't just specialize in one particular medium and try to truly "master" that medium? The short answer is...because I would find that boring.
Obviously every artist is different, but just speaking for me personally, I like to try new things and feel like my work is always evolving; plus, I subscribe to the idea that an artist never really truly masters a medium. While an artist can earn the title of a "master", the truth of it is, an artist should learn something new each and every time they draw/paint/sketch/create something.
There are many reasons I offer clients all the choices I do when it comes to creating something unique for them. First, each medium offers different qualities and thereby a specific medium can lend itself to best suiting each individual project. For example, maybe a client wants to commission a portrait of their favorite baseball player growing up, but doesn't want to have to have it matted and behind glass when displaying it. In that case, I would steer the client towards either an acrylic or oil painting, as either can be framed and with the varnish applied will have some built-in UV protection.
Second, in addition to the differing qualities of each medium from a visual standpoint, each medium also differs in price for me to purchase. For example, colored pencils are much less expensive than oil paints, so, by offering such a wide range off media for customers to choose from, I am able to offer something to fall within almost anyone's budget for a custom creation...and without sacrificing any quality.
Last, but not least, as I said before I enjoy the variety. I embrace being able to go from doing an oil painting of a baseball player, to working on a graphite drawing of a client's kid playing soccer...sometimes in a matter of minutes. As I am a bit obsessed with capturing detail, sometimes things can become a bit tedious, so it's a nice exercise to be able to cycle between projects and keep things "fresh".
So, with that in mind, I wanted to talk about something new I've been experimenting with. It's essentially digital painting. I had been playing around with the idea of trying one of these art pads I kept seeing on Facebook, so, I started doing some research to make sure it's not some sketchy Facebook seller. Once I felt comfortable buying from them, I watched some videos of people using the product, to make sure I thought I could become proficient in using it. Once I felt comfortable with that, I sprung for it and have been experimenting and doodling with it in my free time to familiarize myself with the software and stylus ever since. Below you will find the most completed project I have created thus far -- which is probably around 50-60% finished right now.
This is an in-progress digital painting of my favorite G.I. Joe character growing up, Blowtorch. The image is based on the artwork from the packaging the toys came attached to.
While I am still learning all the in's and out's of this new medium for me, I hope to be able to offer prints of my digital work in the near future (perhaps even this one of Blowtorch). And, in addition, when the time is right will also begin to offer this medium as an additional choice for clients when deciding on their custom artwork.
I hope you enjoy this new medium and the possibilities it offers. And, if you are interested in commissioning some custom digital artwork, you will soon be able to do just that!
Thanks for stopping by and reading my ramblings.
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Not rocket science, just a bit of an inside look at my artwork...with some photos and possibly some humor mixed in for your enjoyment.