topayforbirth said: Okay so this might be a silly question but on your website you say that you 'paint' all of your pictures but on your tumblr, and from all of your work that I've seen, it says/looks digital media. So how do you do what you do? Do you get a picture and mess with it on the computer or do you draw it? Clarification would be appreciated because I am stuck.
Thanks for writing! I’ve been an artist since 1980, but since around 1995 I’ve worked exclusively in digital media. My pictures are painted with a digital brush on a pressure-sensitive drawing tablet. Technically it isn’t painting—there’s no paint!—but I call it that because there’s no alternative term that fits.
My favorite pictures are my cartoons and imaginative pieces, for which I use no photos or reference material of any kind. But my nudes and portraits tend to be the most popular pieces with my followers, so I paint more of these than I might otherwise. I do begin these paintings with a photo, altering it (sometimes radically) until the composition and color scheme are suitable for art.
I believe that what you are asking is, are the pictures created with digital filters and effects? No, they are not. Each is painted, one brush stroke at a time, on a blank white document. I do use a few computer tricks to ensure an accurate likeness, and to simplify the drawing process; but every artist since Vermeer and Caravaggio has utilized whatever technologies were available to him: Time is money, after all.
However, I prefer to avoid any specific technique. Often people ask, How did you do that? and I honestly cannot remember. I like to keep my work fresh and experimental, and that means I can’t fall back on some predictable routine.
Remember that I am not a painter, exactly: I’m a commercial illustrator and designer. So the techniques and programs I use are similar to those used for book illustrations, advertising and movie posters. If it works, I’ll do it.
Hope that helps!