Playing Lightroom

I recently discovered Adobe Lightroom and am now super excited. Since I consider digital painting to be painting virtually with light, why not use a program that alters photos? Here’s what I’ve been able to do with this program so far with paintings I’ve already done.

I know! It’s amazing right? I’m excited to try it during a painting process rather than at the end. Look for that coming soon. This program is on a monthly subscription for $10 and there is a free trial. If you think you might like it, you can try it out before you decide. I haven’t learned everything with this program yet, so if you have, put it in the comments below so we all can learn something!

Some of you may have heard of my Patreon. This is where you can pledge a certain monthly amount to allow me to continue creating what I love and hopefully make it better and you get cool extras that only available for Patreon members. The first goal is getting $10 a month. This will cover the monthly subscription for me to have Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Once I get the $10 a month, I will work on releasing a video that explains how I use it and shows you some of its features.

I have 50+ people that follow me here and across my social media platforms. Among all of you, I think we can get 10 people to pledge $1 a month. With that $1, you’ll get wallpapers of my paintings for your computer screen. That way even if you don’t have money for a print or anything else, you can enjoy the painting on your computer screen. There are other goodies for people who join at higher levels, so make sure to check those out too!

For those of you who are wondering, my art show has been moved to September. I will make a blog post explaining this later. So be on the lookout for that. Thank you to all of you who have been here through my long journey! I appreciate all of you. Make sure you’re subscribed to this blog so you don’t miss out on anything. Leave a comment on your way out (don’t forget to check out my Patreon) and I’ll talk to you next time!

Timelapse Video and Show Update

I finally got the timelapse videos done. Since this was a very complex painting I ended up with three videos worth of painting time. I don’t even know how many hours this took since I didn’t even record every second of painting. I learned a lot from this painting, as I do from most of my commissions. There are more brushes that I know how to use now, and I know more about how I prefer to layer in digital painting. I hope you enjoy the videos!

During this, I’ve been preparing for my upcoming show on June 20 with RAW Artists. This will be an amazing place for me to meet other artists and have others see my work. It would mean a lot to me to have all of your support. There are two different ways that you can support me in this opportunity.

  1. If you can show up in person, that would be wonderful and here is where you can purchase tickets to attend the event.
  2. I know it’s not possible for everyone to attend in person. So I’ve set up this GoFundMe page for that reason. If you’re unable to make it, just go here to show your support and help make this possible.

Thank you in advance for all your support. I truly appreciate each one of you! If you haven’t done it yet, subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss anything, and make sure to hit the like button and leave a comment on your way out. Talk to you next time!

Newest Commission Piece

I finally have my newest commissioned piece finished. There were so many little details in this painting, which made it take much longer than normal, but I think it was worth it. I hope they enjoy it. I’m still in the process of finishing up the timelapse video, and once I have that completed, I’ll give you that as well.

I love creating surrealism and the fire and water were particularly fun to create. I even got to create my oen leaf brush for this painting so I didn’t have to constantly paint leaves over and over. I’m glad I got to include a hard light layer, which is always my favorite part of my painting process.

If you haven’t heard yet, I have an art show coming up this June 20th and I would love to have all of your support! There are two different ways you can do that. If you can make it to the event, just buy a ticket for the night here. If you can’t, I understand. Not everyone lives in Seattle, and for the rest of you, I set up a GoFundMe just for that. You should also know that anyone who either buys a ticket or donates on my GoFundMe page will receive a signed thank you postcard with one of my art pieces on it. So make sure to plan to do that soon!

Thank you all for being great supporters of my work! I’m grateful for all of you! I hope to have some more updates for you soon. Let me know what your favorite part of this painting is down in the comments, and I’ll talk to you next time!

Upcoming Show

I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve playing around with some different ideas and have been invited to participate in a show happening in Seattle on June 20th. This will be a great opportunity for me to meet some new people, and to meet some of you if you live in the area. If you’d like to attend, you will need to buy a ticket for it. Please know that it’s a 21+ event due to the availability of alcohol. So plan childcare if needed.

The ticket sales are what help me attend this event, but don’t worry. I have a fix for you if you can’t come or crowds just aren’t your thing. I set up this GoFundMe page for that. You can put your money there and I will use it to offset the cost I would need to pay for not selling tickets, and it would help with printing costs, etc. So those are your two options with that event, and don’t worry. I’ll send you another reminder about this a little later, because I know it’s easy for people to forget.

Now on to the project I’m currently working on. I’m currently working on commissioned painting for start up musical. I’ve just started painting. So I can only show you the sketch for it.

He wanted an egyptian looking mother earth on her throne in space, and this is what we came up with. It went through a couple of versions before landing on this, but I’m pretty satisfied with it, and I’m so excited to finally be painting. There will be a speed painting once this complete.

Thank you to all of you who’ve been here through my long art journey and watched me go from a terrible artist to someone who can actually sell things and commission pieces! Remember to like, comment, subscribe, and all the wonderful stuff, and I’ll talk to you next time!

Mandala 1

I’ve done mandalas before, but this was my first completed one using my digital painting software. I love how quick I was able to complete this.

20×20 digital painting

I do have this available as an outline for you to color in yourself. If you do attempt this, I would love to see what you do with it. You can find both the completed painting and the line drawing on my store.

I am also going to be using this video in creating a class on skillshare for using Sketchbook to create mandalas. If you have a different program, it will most likely work just fine. You’ll probably have the same or similar tools in most digital painting programs.

I will definitely make more of these in the future. It was a nice break from my more intense paintings. To make sure you don’t miss any of those or any of my other paintings, make sure to hit the subscribe button. Talk to you next time!

The Red Hood

 

I missed painting on a black canvas, so I chose this painting to work on.  I love the contrast and the ability to play with light when working on a black canvas.  This was a simple yet very satisfying painting to complete.

Red Hood (c)

I wanted the hood to have almost a feeling of fire.  I got this effect through using lots of soft light, hard light, and glow layers.  I also threw in some yellow into the eyes and lips to give the appearance of the hood reflecting from various objects.

I think I’m getting better at making these speed videos.  You’ll have to let me know what you think, and if you want something different from them.

As usual, this painting is available from my store, and the voice over version of this video is available on my patreon.  I’m trying to put together a class, so paintings may be a bit slow for a while, but I’ll let know when that’s complete.  Talk to you next time!

The Water Goddess

I didn’t really like the previous painting I did of this dancer, so I did a new one.  Unfortunately I don’t have the video for this painting due to switch laptops, but I have the painting!

The Water Goddess (c)

This one turned out much better.  I had lots of fun turning the skirt into water.  She is a great dancer and has many wonderful video on YouTube.  I do have this painting available for purchase on my store.

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Repainting an Older One

Some of who who’ve been following me for a while may remember this painting, and if you’re not following me, pause here and go hit the subscribe button!

Kabbalah

Now I love this painting.  It’s an 11×14 oil on wood panel and it looks much better in person.  I love the concept and it was really good for my level of skill when I did this.  The concept comes from Kabbalah, which is the mystical side of Judaism, and a question that is asked is, “why does evil exist?”  This is concept that many religions try to deal with, but I love the answer that is suggested, which is that evil exists because we create it.  Evil creates for evil and good creates more good.  Every person has the capacity for good and evil.  This is a very basic explanation and I’m sure someone who has more knowledge in this area could give even more depth to it, but my mine motive behind this painting is that evil exists because we create it.  So we need to choose what it is that we create and be aware of what we do and it’s impact.  The question left with this painting is, “what are you creating around you?”

Since I have now mostly switched to digital painting, I repainting this one using that medium.  The reference photos and Ideas were all the same.  The only thing that’s changed is the painting method, and time for me to improve as an artist.

Choices (c)

I’m also working with a new laptop and video editing software.  This has made production a little slower than normal.  I have a new painting that I want to get out to you guys by the end of the week, but no promises.

I really enjoyed redoing this one and it lets me see how much I’ve improved in such a short time.  Hopefully I will always continue to improve and create even more wonderful pieces.

Choices Compare

I hope you enjoyed this one with a little look back in history.  This painting is available in my store, and to see my speed painting videos with my voice over commentary check out my patreon.  Also if you haven’t subscribed to my blog yet, what are you waiting for?  Go hit the button at the bottom to make sure you won’t miss out any other paintings or announcements.  Talk to you next time!

Wedding Commission

This was a commissioned painting that I did for my sister.  It was such a cute photo and I was so happy to do this for her.  The color pallet is a little different than what I normally do, but it’s what she chose, and I think it turned out beautifully.  It has a very soft and sweet feel to it.

Elizabeth Roy FINAL(c)

In order to keep my colors correct, I started with a monotone black and white painting, and then glazed color over it.  I actually enjoyed this method of painting better than what I had been doing.  So this was very good for me to do.

I hope she enjoys the painting.  I enjoyed painting it.  I love you sis!

If you want a painting done, just head to this page.  If you want to see videos with my voiceover commentary, make sure to visit my Patreon page, and make sure to hit the subscribe button below so you don’t miss anything.  Talk to you next time!

The Blond Woman

The Blond Woman (c)

Here’s my most recent portrait.  I started a new painting method from a commission I did recently, and I really enjoy it.  I do my first layer in monotone black and white and then layer color over it.  This helps me keep the colors how I want and make sure the values are correct.

I’m thinking about repainting a few of my previous paintings now that I have this method figured out.  So keep an eye out for those.  I love the bold colors in this one, which I needed after doing some more muted colors from a recent commission.  This one is available for purchase at my store.

I hope you enjoy this one as much I did.  If you want your own commissioned piece go to this page, and if you want to see videos with my voice over commentary, please go to my Patreon page.  Make sure to hit that subscribe button so you don’t miss out on anything, and I’ll talk to you next time!