The answer is traditional painting is better. Duh. Ok maybe not. Digital painting can’t be better or worse than traditional. Just like a watercolor painting isn’t necessarily better than one painted in oil. But, when you get down to specifics everything changes. You can sa
While pursuing Instagram, I saw Natalie Hall‘s beautiful angel drawings. Even though our artwork doesn’t have much in common, her elegant pictures often inspire me. Continue reading to learn how I take inspiration from someone else’s art make it a jumping off point f
Do you create art that is more narrative or conceptual? I usually create art based on a story, but this painting was a change for me. I chose to focus more on images that conveyed ideas, and it was a workout for my brain. Drawing and Idea I started this piece knowing I wanted to creat
March 1 is the exciting day! In The Wind is released. Here is my third and final speedpainting recording that I did from the book. You can see the other two paintings on these posts. Cover Speedpaint Interior Speedpaint 1 And you can buy the book by following this link.
Last week I posted the speed paint cover for in the wind. This week you get to see on of the interior paintings being painted. Then next week I have one more interior. This is the opening scene in the book where the girl and her mom are about to go off on their kite-flying adventure.
Thrifted Frame I went to the thrift store and found some fun picture frames. This one is one of my favorites. It’s just so darn cool looking, despite the fact that it’s actually made of plastic. The red velvet was a little worn but some fabric paint took care of that. Pain
Over the last few years I’ve created a few posts on using or working with watercolor. They each focus on something different but can all help you with creating watercolor illustrations. I’ve also added some of my favorite go to watercolor videos. How to Paint Glow Is a q
My latest short story Midnight Ghost (it’s being released Oct 24th) required me to draw a glowing ghost. This is something you can struggle with if you don’t know the rules but once you do, drawing and painting glow is very easy. It’s all about values Values are the
Watercolor is my Favorite If you know what your are doing you can get some really great effects and textures with watercolor. These are great for painting dragons. Below are four tips you can use for your next dragon illustration (or any type of painting really). Save Your Lights Valu
Last week I posted this post about how I paint with watercolor in my sketchbook. Sometimes I’ll also use prismacolor brand colored pencils on top of my watercolor painting. Almost all of my illustrations are done that way, since it is a process I really enjoy. Just fyi the paint
Some of you have asked me about how I use my pocket watercolor set to paint sketches in my sketchbook. If that is you, this is the post you have been waiting for… Materials for Watercolor Sketching You will need a water handle brush. There are a couple that work great. I found t
Source 1. You need to know what the Primary and Secondary colors are. You probably learned this is elementary school but in case you forgot. Red, Yellow and Blue are your primary colors Red+Yellow= Orange Yellow+Blue= Green Blue+Red= Violet (or purple) Orange, Green, and Viole