Working on Portfolio instead of taking classes.  This is one of my images in a set called Fantasy Women.  All the work is done is drawn an and Painted with Photoshop CS6.  This one used about 7 layers and one special brush which is the snowflake on her arm.

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There is a lot of confusion on the art that is produced called digital art.  There are many ways in which it can be created.  But there is a distinction between Digital drawing/painting and photo manipulation.  I have spent this year in learning the techniques of drawing digitally and painting.  The 2 definitions are from Wikipedia

Photo Manipulation

In digital editing, photographs are usually taken with a digital camera and input directly into a computer. Transparencies, negatives or printed photographs may also be digitized using a scanner, or images may be obtained from stock photography databases. With the advent of computers, graphics tablets, and digital cameras, the term image editing encompasses everything that can be done to a photo, whether in a darkroom or on a computer. Photo manipulation is often much more explicit than subtle alterations to color balance or contrast and may involve overlaying a head onto a different body or changing a sign’s text, for examples. Image editing software can be used to apply effects and warp an image until the desired result is achieved. The resulting image may have little or no resemblance to the photo (or photos in the case of compositing) from which it originated. Today, photo manipulation is widely accepted as an art form.


Digital Drawing/Painting – 

Apart from separation of carriers, the main difference between digital and traditional painting is the non-linear process. That is, an artist can often arrange his painting in layers that can be edited independently. Also, the ability to undo and redo strokes create nonlinear intervals in the creative process. Digital painting is also different in how it employs the techniques and study of traditional painting because of the surface differences and the wider variety of tools. The digital artist has at his disposal several tools not available to the traditional painter. Some of these include: a virtual palette consisting of millions of colors, (however these colors are ultimately limited by the capabilities of screen and printing technologies, whilst traditional forms of painting deal with pigment as a tangible material) almost any size canvas or media, and the ability to take back mistakes, as well as erasers, pencils, spray cans, brushes, combs, and a variety of 2D and 3D effect tools. A graphics tablet and a stylus allows the artist to work with precise hand movements simulating a real pen and drawing surface, while other programms (Adobe Eazel) are developed for fingerpainting directly on the screen. Both tablets and touch screens can be pressure-sensitive, allowing the artist to vary the intensity of the chosen media on the screen. There are tablets with over two thousand different levels of pressure sensitivity.[7]

I don’t do photo manipulation by taking a photo and painting on top of it or apply filter to change it to make it look like a painting.

I do digital painting  everything is drawn the same as if I was drawing on paper from observation.   I use references in my art and draw from these references.  It still takes the skill of drawing and learning to paint as it does on canvas just with a different media.  Below is an example of digitally sketching.





Did this digital painting  of Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball team.  Really need to work on my new portfolio but just haven’t been inspired to do so yet.  This image took about 20 hours.  I think I will work on a couple more hours before I quit but just thought I would put it up for you guys to see.
Photography Prints

You made us laugh.



All my favorite movies, that Robin did were Aladdin, What Dreams may Come, Mork and Mindy, Patch Adams, Hook and Mrs. Doubtfire.


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This is a daily group called Sketch Dailies.  Along with Sketch Daailies, Wacom is running a competition on Wednesdays (Wacom Wednesdays) topic for today was Reaper this was my image.  Original digital artwork.




Back to something tradition but done digitally.  Water Lily is a flower that i did in photoshop cs6

But it chanced the other day that I scented a white water- lily…. It is the emblem of purity…. What confirmation of our hopes 
is in the fragrance of this flower! I shall not so soon despair of the world for it, notwithstanding slavery, and the cowardice and want of principle of Northern men. It suggests what kinds of laws have prevailed longest and widest, and still prevail, and that the time may come when man’s deeds will smell as sweet. Such is the odor which the plant emits…. It reminds me that Nature has been partner to no Missouri compromise. I scent no compromise in the fragrance of the water-lily.
Henry David Thoreau



I am participating in an artists group show at the Beachwood Library this month.  The artists reception is scheduled for June 22 from 3:00-4:30 pm.  Come early and view the unveiling our new Hector Vega designed book bins!




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Working with black and white images I begin using a different technique to start, by using a of the image.  Although the image isn’t a black and white image the assignment was to reproduce it in black and white.

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Step 2. Start to add detail

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Step 3.
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Step 4.  Detail and finish.

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Doing the Daily challenge at  This should allow me to show you the progress in my journey to Level Up! my digital art.  The image for today is  Pearl Alice Frusha, Pinup and the image for sketch and line art took me 2 hours so far.  I think that it’s best to create the line art from the sketch, but I tried to clean up the sketch .  So next time will do both.  Using Photoshop CS6, hard brush set at 8 pixels.


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Step 3.  – Block in colors using hard round

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Step 4.  Put shadows and Light on Skin.  Using soft round brush only working on the skin.  I will do detailing in a separate layer.  Also Face and hands and Feet I separate.  This took me about 30 mins.  Colors may not be exact these challenges allow no cheating with color picker. Drat since I am a bit color blind with some colors they may not be near.

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Step 5.  Created separate shading for other areas.  Combine all the separate shadings.   Use soft round brush for shading and did some clean up on the edges.  The final step is Detailing.  Time 5 hrs shading

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Step 6.  Detailing  and final image.  Merged all layers and cleaned edges using hard and soft round brushes.  added some details to the suit.


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I know I promised videos but not equiped to do that now but will start to do images showing the progression of my art work.  Decided to start to get started on a digital portfolio.  Mostly I have been just perfecting my skills now time to put one together.  This image is a representative from a game called Street fighter – Chu-Li





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Going to add a new skill speedpainting, hopefully this will let me do a video of it.  Working realistic doing a video will require more than one video until I learn how to speed them up.

What is SpeedPainting? -is a type of art practice where the artist has a limited time to finish the work. The time can vary…. Wikipedia. The time allowed for these is 30 minutes.  You can find more images from other artist on Facebook. Sometimes you may find that when searching for speed painting you will get the time lapse video which is different.  


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This image was done for a contest over on CG Cookie for their spring contest.  This was created in Photoshop using a Wacom Tablet.  Actually I cropped it and learned a new lesson don’t crop save history at the crop save before.



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know I promised a video but forgot and finished this when someone reminded me.  But will work on it for the next time.

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Digital Drawing/Painting,  using Photoshop CS6 and Wacom Bamboo tablet.  Hopefully but June I will have a new tablet. Looking at the Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch Large Tablet (PTH851)

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I will try to start doing some demos in digital drawing and painting.  I would like to share some of my knowledge on how to create digitally in my next post, or I will just add a link to it.  It will either be on youtube or vimeo.


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