Digital painting. I don’t know why I always forget this option when I think of creating a painting. A lot of what I want to do, or the look I should say, can be done in Photoshop. I went to college for traditional illustration – before there really was a viable electronic option to creating art. My main area of study was airbrush. Not the cheesy t-shirt type of airbrushing, but using the airbrush as it could create the most realistic artwork at the time. Since Photoshop, Painter, and other digital art programs came out, the work of the airbrush can be easily and quickly duplicated using the computer. No more masks to cut, paints to change, etc. I’ll never forget what an instructor told me in 1996 – which now seems ages ago, but had a profound impact on my future art career. I was showing him my portfolio of illustrations, as I was getting into some computer classes at a community college in order to learn Illustrator, Photoshop, and Quark XPress. He said, “These are great, but I can do these in less time on the computer, and if I make a mistake, I can easily correct it.” If I were entering college today, I would probably be emphasizing in some sort of digital illustration/painting (or I would go into something a little more lucrative…).
I think I might try doing some digital paintings/artworks as a part of my 52. I’ve done them before, but had forgotten how much I enjoy the end result. But nothing beats using a real brush and real paints, so I don’t know how much I’ll do of it. I’ve started messing around with the Teddy Bear Picnic in Photoshop – it might be the perfect candidate for a digital painting. The digital pieces will also be good for when I’m traveling.