Updated: Jun 23, 2020
Digital Painting was a huge challenge for me to get into. I’ve mentioned before how I the intention with digital art was never to produce a series of ongoing digital paintings. Rather it was used for digitising existing original paintings so I could translate the artwork on to cards and merchandise. Something I was meaning to do for a while. The digitising process made that much easier for me, because it involved refining the brush strokes and making the art comprehensible across the board.
I’ve been using Krita for many months now and got used to the cool, creative tools which have enabled me to achieve the results I desire in my digital artwork. Krita is a free, Photoshop-like tool which allows you to edit photos. I used Krita because I needed a quick digitising tool for short term use, and there Krita was.
Painting digitally for is exceptionally challenging. For the most part, I need to get into a flow that enables me to create and create, without thinking too much or over analysing – an idea that I use with my physical paintings. If I’m digitising an existing painting, I would simply open the painting on Krita, and use it as stencil to illustrate stokes of individual colours. No blending what’s-so-ever.
Sometimes I would start a digital painting from scratch, initially incorporating components of photos from my images or google, to arrange a new composition . Again, this new composition would act like a stencil for me to get me into that creative flow. From then on, it’s a matter of listening to my intuition and going with what feels right. Colour-blocking parts of the composition really help to access depth and foreground. It’s a great tool to use when your stuck getting started with digital painting.
Over the process of digitising my artwork, it became apparent style that I had a style that was starting to evolve. Shapes of atmospheric movement made their presence in the background, while flicks began appearing on the fore objects over time as I continued practising. I loved the idea of creating movement in my digital art, almost expressionistic-ally . I find that digital paintings may appear stationary at times. The lack of your physical movement and energy in the painting is just not there when you are producing digital artwork as opposed to traditional painting. So, this became the drive to create a feeling of chaos and motion in my digital art.
This works really well with my collection of fruit tree pieces, in which it looks like there’s a lot of wind and turbulence in the background. Like traditional painting, for me the best part of the process is adding the highlights. That may be light reflections, spots of abstract colour or simply playing around with what’s already there. I love adding abstract and unorthodox components to my digital paintings. It brings something extra to the table and is equivalent to applying a random brush stroke in any painting. What’s it there for? And why? It doesn’t matter. It’s art.