Friday, 9 September 2016

Digital artwork of the Argory

The EU referendum has thankfully come and gone and the UK is brexiting Europe! It seemed a bit odd to me that Sinn Fein were campaigning for BRITS IN and the DUP for BRITS OUT!  But hey that's politics here in Northern Ireland! I'm OK about leaving as the continental Europeans never really shared their summer-long sunshine with us pasty faced west Brits. Huh!  

Anyway there I was on yet another wet July day, bored enough to be playing with Photoshop and Painter digital paintbrushes on my 21in Cintiq for the first time in several years. I had just finished off a commissioned pastel piece for Rachel (the girl with the pink umbrella below) and decided to play with the photograph I had taken of it. I worked up a snowstorm with dedicated brushes, I created a Van Gogh swirly sky and just cleaned up all the bits I wasn't that happy with in the pastel painting. Four or five hours later I had something very unique on screen – a souped-up and vastly improved version of my original. Rachel saw both and rightly went with the pastel version. Because I have the digital version in around five layers I can change specific areas of the painting. More blizzardy snow falling – sure no problem - just duplicate the layer and clone or create more snowflakes! Hack off a few branches - who needs a tree surgeon when I can cut, clone and use 'Content Aware' in Photoshop.

I waved Rach and her pastel painting goodbye as she headed off to catch her plane to Manchester. I hate giving work I have done away but I am reassured that it has a great home and I have a copy of it. Some day I may do it again in pastel but for now I need to get back to my bread and butter day job!     

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My digital blizzard

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