1. 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!

  2. vanfullersublime:

    The Weight of Winter

    Here is the latest snow scene inspired by the work of Michigan photographer L. C. Weatherly.

    This poor tree seems very unsuited to the climate, but I’m sure it will return to better form in the spring.

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  3. vanfullersublime:

    Sarah On Blue #1

    This is my third model named Sarah. The first one disappeared twenty years ago; the second—oh, it’s too complicated.
    This is Sarah Voss, whom I hope to keep around for a while.

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  4. vanfullersublime:

    The Veiled Odalisque

    This is my second collaboration with the charming Ashley of nxmodel.tumblr.com. It’s adapted from the work of the great photographers at www.gracefulimaging.com. If you love beautiful images, please visit both.

    This piece is inspired by the “Orientalist” art of the 19th Century, which focused on exotic subject matter from Asia, Arabia and ancient history. An odalisque—if you study art, you’ve seen the term often—is a servant in a harem, though artists have used the term pretty loosely to add a tone of exoticism to otherwise everyday nudes.

    In the 19th Century, artistic nudity was readily accepted when placed in the setting of a culture regarded as pagan or barbaric. Historically, artists have naturally exploited this fact to indulge in sensual excesses that would otherwise have stirred up a scandal.

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  5. vanfullersublime:

    Cristi: Morning Scene
    Here again is Cristi in a strikingly dramatic (and probably uncomfortable) pose. Her tall, elegant form is bathed in golden morning sunshine.

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  6. vanfullersublime:

    Girl With Pillows at a Window

    Here again is Haylienoir, with whom I have worked several times. The previous pictures were shadowy and brooding, so this time I chose to try exaggerated color, freely applied in impressionistic dabs and dashes.

    As always, the textures you see are a digital illusion.

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  7. vanfullersublime:

    The Pomegranate Tree

    He’s another old-fashioned piece inspired by the photography of my friend Laura B. Fernández of Madrid. This scene depicts a single pomegranate tree in a high-walled Spanish courtyard.

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  8. vanfullersublime:

    Watcher at the Window

    This picture marks the gallery debut of the marvelous Ms. Philia, whose modeling work is largely intended as a showcase for her knitting. Yes, her knitting! She knitted those fuzzy socks, which actually emanate warmth: Hold your hand close to the monitor and you will feel it.

    I like a lot of things about this picture, particularly the strange perspective and the fact that, just as we look down upon the lady, the lady looks down upon the tree-lined residential street. Armed with warm socks and a cuppa warm something, she is quite prepared for any eventuality.

    I also like the fact that the dazzling sunlight, which illuminates the street, conceals the nude figure with its blinding white glare.

    At least, I hope it does: This is the sort of situation that could cause a traffic accident.

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  9. vanfullersublime:


    Now and then—meaning almost every day—I resolve to take a rest from figures and return to my abstracts, landscapes and imaginative pieces. Then I cross paths with a fascinating person whose very existence obliterates that plan. This time, the troublemaker is a stunning Filipina named Neen, seen here in our first collaboration.

    With some imagination, you could call this a still life. Almost.

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  10. vanfullersublime:


    When our cairn terrier Toto finally crossed Over the Rainbow, Mrs. Artist and I gave considerable thought as to which animal should (so to speak) fill his shoes. We wanted a purebred dog of some variety, but friends prevailed upon us to choose instead from a rescue shelter, thereby saving some unwanted creature from an untimely demise.

    And there we found Oscar, who had been panhandling from the residents of an apartment complex: They had named him Oscar in reference to the Oscar Mayer wieners they’d been feeding him. Having no idea about his origins, the shelter presented him to us as a terrier mix; but his vet maintains that he is a purebred lhasa apso.

    Here he reclines on a sofa in a manner suggestive of an Old Master odalisque. I had wanted him to hold a cluster of grapes, but this idea proved impractical.

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  11. vanfullersublime:

    Eli Eli Lama Sabachthani?

    “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’” 

    Since the early Victorian era, most crucifixion pictures have suffered from a single understandable but unpardonable flaw: the desire of the artist to paint something beautiful. In most, Christ is spared the hellish agony of real crucifixion: Instead he appears merely uncomfortable, taking great care to assume a graceful pose while gazing upward longingly (with baby-blue European eyes) like a character in bad melodrama. 

    Such nonsense! I wanted to strip the scene of prettiness and paint something appropriately ghastly. Calling on my years as a cartoonist (mostly for Sunday school literature!) I decided to depict a horribly tormented, emaciated Christ whose every contorted bone and muscle scream with unimaginable suffering. 

    The final result is bare, black and desolate. I removed everything extraneous, including the two thieves: Their presence is evident only by the faint outlines of the crosses on which they hang. The only optional detail that I included was the (barely visible) skull at the base of the cross: This is a medieval tradition that I felt was worth preserving. 

    The colors are minimal: Apart from black and blood red, there is little else but purple and green. I chose these colors because they seem unnatural and “wrong” in the context of the image. The green sky (menacingly streaked with rain, or possibly the descending darkness of damnation) is especially eerie, suggestive of devilish arts and nausea.

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  12. vanfullersublime:


    Here’s a piece that’s closely based on a stunning image from photominimal.tumblr.com. Usually I use a photo only as a starting point, but this one was so exceptional I didn’t dare to make any significant changes.

    The marvelous Milki is partially obscured by deep Baroque shadow, her facial expression difficult to read. Is she lost in meditation, daydreams, visions? Is she inviting us to look at her, or has she even noticed us?

    This is a moody and mysterious piece that welcomes individual interpretation.

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  13. Girl On White

    It’s oversized (40” tall) and understated.

    I’m undersized and overstated, but that’s another subject.

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  14. vanfullersublime:

    Marci Among the Fairies

    The first time I saw Marci, I immediately thought she looked like a fairy. This picture is proof that, at the very least, she associates with them. Maybe they have taught her some of their magical secrets. 

    Or maybe she has taught them. Who knows?

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  15. vanfullersublime:

    Soft Landscape

    Of course it isn’t really a landscape, but there are plenty of rolling hills and valleys. The model is Tay, whose generous proportions have yielded inspiration for some of my most appealing images.

    When I finished this painting, I used a “fuzzy” brush to blur detail and add a hazy, ethereal quality. This is a view observed through half-closed eyes, half in this world and half in dreams.

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