Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Digital Art!

A bit of a rant.
I never intended to become a digital artist. In fact, I hesitate to even label myself as one, as it is still seen by some as a "shortcut" or "easy way out." The notion that using digital tools diminishes the altruistic nature of art is outdated and narrow-minded. It is simply a different medium for artists, just like a pencil and paper differ from oil on canvas. What truly matters is the act of creating, the mark making, rather than the method used. Drawing and painting digitally can be just as challenging and intricate as traditional methods, and it is certainly not a matter of following a predetermined formula or “paint by numbers”. Embracing digital art opens up a world of endless possibilities and eliminates the limitations that may scare some away. There is no excuse for producing anything less than our best, as we no longer have any excuses. As long as there is a hand holding a tool, there is an artist. 

Digital art is undeniably real art. 


I didn’t set out to be a digital artist, I set out to be an artist. 

And I am.

Monday, August 28, 2023

Indiana Jones Commission!

 I recently completed a large commission piece of Indiana Jones. This one was done traditionally with ink on paper at 11x17. The client asked for Indy and an "aged up" Short Round with the Fountain of Youth. Was a fun premise.

Here are a few in progress shots for you to enjoy!

Monday, August 14, 2023

Vacation Sketches!

Our vacation was an extended road trip with two other families to see historic sites on the east coast. We hit Savannah and Jamestown and then headed to DC and Philidelphia. It was a trip of a lifetime!! I made it a point to get up early and head to the lobby for my "me time". There I could draw in my sketchbook a bit and also avoid the chaos of my family getting ready at the same time in a single hotel room. The George Washington drawings were of a life mask of Washington himself. The red pen drawing is of a statue of Frederick Douglass from the Senate building. Pencil drawing of Roberto Clemente from the Smithsonian. The colonial looking gentleman is actually a person in Philidelphia that was speaking behind Independence Hall. The others are quick doodles of other hotel patrons while I was at breakfast. Except the cartoon of Lincoln. He wasn't there.