Here’s a new portrait study in a digital “scribble” technique with which I’ve been experimenting.
Click here to see a high resolution version.
I used a very limited number of values.
…and if my Photoshop Brush Settings had been any simpler, I could have done it in Mario Paint.
(100% Opacity. 100% Flow. No feathering. No soft edges.)
Obviously, there’s no color.
The expressiveness came only from the “scribbly” Brush Tip and the physical gesture of each brush stroke.
If you’re feeling frustrated or overwhelmed with your paintings, consider setting up some extreme limitations for yourself.
I believe you’ll find the limitations quite freeing.
Try eliminating certain aspects from the process in order to create some mental space for greater focus or creativity.
The Photoshop Brushes I created for this technique will soon be available to my newsletter subscribers.
Find more Digital Painting techniques here and here.
A few weeks ago I did my best to explain a complicated (but pressing) issue known as “Net Neutrality.”
Basically, it’s a real-life version of Who Framed Roger Rabbit and it could negatively affect artists and audiences worldwide.
Today, the FCC (the folks who decide whether to give independent creators equal treatment online) is closing itself off to public comment on this issue.
…and we probably won’t get another chance to speak out.
Email the FCC today and demand that they protect our future as independent creators.
If everyone who reads this blog post is willing to send one email, we can make an EPIC amount of noise in defense of our creative economy.
If you want to learn more about the Net Neutrality issue, check out my simple explanation.
If you want details, read this thorough and informative post by Magic Box student, Norman Haldeman.
Make Some Noise:
Let’s flood FCC’s inbox with the voice of artists worldwide!
“I can’t take ten steps without seeing something I want to paint or draw…”
- Pascal Campion
In part one of this interview, we learned about Pascal Campion’s early career and his development into a uniquely versatile professional artist.
In this episode, Pascal manages to communicate to us how his creative mind actually works – which is extremely difficult to do.
He also shares some stirringly thoughtful responses to questions from my color theory and digital painting students. We talk about portfolios, art school, composition, lighting and, of course, personal style.
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What does a successful artist look like?
Many of us define success by the size of our fan bases, the popularity of our best clients and the amount of money in our bank accounts.
But very few of us would agree that these are the most valuable aspects of life as a professional artist.
Nothing is valuable without meaning.
…which is why friendship, generosity, self-sacrifice and family are, to most of us, our definition of true success.
But is it even possible to afford both financial and familial success as a professional artist?
Is the decision to pursue your creative dream a deal with the devil that will leave you tired, broke and lonely forever?
Pascal Campion – one of the most popular independent artists working today – is living proof that success in all areas of a creative life is possible.
In the following interview, you’ll see the contagious passion, the persistent positivity and the disciplined focus that have enabled Pascal to experience success on his own terms…
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