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This is a painting I did from a photograph of my dog taken from my phone in March of this year. The photograph was actually taken at night and lit by a ceiling light. I decided to change the lighting and make it look more window lit, like as if the sun is coming through in the afternoon. I warmed up the colors a lot and was shooting for sun warm lights and somewhat cooler shadows. I also decided to mimic the lighting in an object that went with the scene, and that's why I added the red ball.

My goal was to make it look less digital and more traditionally painted. In my experience the best way to do this is to either not use a line drawing or start painting over the lines as soon as possible. Reliance on the lines make my paintings look flat. With this one, I did a very simple sketch, just to get the big proportions. After a very simple block in, I started painting over the lines. The block in contains enough information to refine the "drawing" in the paint process. At the end, I experimented with a few Photoshop filters to see if the color could be pushed even further. In the end, I just left it as it was painted.


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Hi! I've worked with traditional media most of my life. I used to paint in oil and acrylics. I had worked with digital paint programs in the past ( I even wrote a few digital paint programs), but I found it an awkward medium. I used it mostly to accent things I scanned into graphic programs or for retouching images. Even with a tablet, it felt clumsy drawing something while not seeing your hand ( hand on the tablet, eyes on the monitor). In September 2016, I bought a pen monitor and that changed my opinion of digital graphics as a medium. I feel as comfortable drawing on a pen monitor as I do as drawing on paper or a canvas. To me its a much more natural way to draw and paint. If I had a bigger house I'd put it on a easel and walk back - sideways, back and forth and grunt a lot. Instead I just zoom in and out and still grunt.

Working digitally, I still try to make my work look like traditional media. That's the style that appeals to me. One of the first thing that grabs me about a painting is the texture.

I've edited this intro to remove all references to "art." Art is not my concern. Drawing and painting things people like to look at is my concern. Believing something must be "art" to be worthwhile doing, is stifling to me. I just want to draw and paint. If someone likes it, that's just a plus.

Anyway, whether its a study, an original painting, a portrait, or a video, my primary concern is "will someone want to look at it, and will they smile? ( and if its a portrait, does it look like the person)" I don't paint for critics or teachers. I rather argue with them :)

I hope you like my work, but people have different tastes. Say "hi!" even if you hate it :)


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Lotus105 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018
I enjoyed viewing your gallery very much.
sgl17 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much. You're an awesome photographer. Your gallery is beautiful.
Lotus105 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018
Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm happy that you enjoyed my gallery.
Ikari8Aisuru Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for faving Merlin!! :la:
sgl17 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome, its fine work.
Ikari8Aisuru Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
MarianthiZ Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the faves, the kind comment and for watching! :D (Big Grin) 
sgl17 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure. You have a beautiful gallery.
thewolfcreek Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the fav...
DubyaScott Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018   General Artist
Thanks for faving "Boy and his Dog"
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