My Creative Process
I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else. – Pablo Picasso
I thought I would take the time today and share a little bit about the process for creating some of my work. It’s funny. For many years, I would tell people that I painted and their reaction was “Oh, that’s so cool” or “I wish I could paint”. Everyone knows that “painting” consists of paint, a paint brush, and canvas. When I tell people I do digital painting…crickets. No one really understands what it is and how cool it can be.
Many of my pieces start with a photograph, using it as a base for creating a larger or different piece. I love taking my camera with me wherever I go, you never know what will spark inspiration. For example, I was hiking the other day with my dog and managed to get some really good shots of some wildflowers. I love the purple of this echinacea, it is such a beautiful shade.
This is the original photograph I took…pretty, right? I sat down at my computer to play with the image a little. Through a process of a layering in photoshop, printing, adding real mixed media (a few times), I get a finished product like the one below. For this particular piece, I also used a real watercolor background that I painted. It’s a fun process, sometimes a long one, but fun.
One of the questions I am always asked is what equipment and software I use. As mentioned above, I use Adobe Photoshop software. I have tried other programs, but ever since Adobe went to their monthly subscription, it really is unbeatable. For $10, a month, I always have updated software and it does everything I need (and more). The best thing about using Adobe software is there is an abundant amount of information on You Tube or video classes such as Creativelive. You can learn anything you want with very little investment.
For digital drawing and painting, I use a Wacom tablet. It is like painting right on the screen and comes with an amazing pen tool that is pressure sensitive. It, of course, is not exactly like a paintbrush but it is PRETTY DARN CLOSE. And it is SO much better than using a mouse. Over the years, I have used a stylus on an iPAD, a paintbrush stylus on iPAD, and the basic model of the Wacom tablet and this tablet blows them all out of the water. The version I have is the Wacom Cintiq 13HD Interactive Pen Display (DTK1300), which I find to be the perfect size for my desk and I can easily pack it up and take it with me when we travel.
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I will never move away from sketching with real media. I love playing with the texture of actual pastel and gouache. But having said that, there is nothing like pushing a piece even further just to see what happens and being able to erase the layer. There were many times when I called it quits on a piece I liked, but wished I could try something else on it just to see what would happen. I have also ruined a few pieces because I did try something out, and it didn’t work.
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Creativity is contagious, pass it on. ~ Albert Einstein