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Spectra7
03-22-2001, 03:36 AM
Here is another one also in digital medium

Gene

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Yorky
03-22-2001, 05:10 AM
I like your work, Gene. What software do you use - presumably with a digitiser pad?

You have managed to get a real paint effect, which is difficult with digital art.

Cheers! Doug

Robert
03-22-2001, 10:42 AM
Welcome! Impressive work. DOES look like paint.

Spectra7
03-22-2001, 01:28 PM
Thanks for all the feedback!

To answer the questions:

Hardware:
Pentium II 400, with 256m RAM, Win98.
Input with a 9x12 Wacom Intuos digitizing tablet.

Software:
Painter 6, Photoshop 5, Deep Paint, Genuine Fractals Pro

Working methods:
I start out in Photoshop where I do basic layout, color correction, and use a a series of customized actions to abstract and texturize the images. The texturizing is an important part of the process because it gives a variable color distribution to the field for use with the Painter brushes later on. When the underpainting is complete, I move to Painter where I either use cloning brushes or the new camel hair brushes that allow for the pick up of indiviual color on each bristle of the brush. You can also adjust the feature control which gives hair texture to the stroke. Setting the Well settings to - restaturate - 0 and bleed at a higher level allows you to move the existing colors with the brush. The individual hairs of the brush pick up the textured color which provides a very realistic stroke with lots of subtle color variation. I like to use a very low setting on impasto and turn the impasto light to 0 so the effect of paint thickness is subtle and more natural looking. The next step is to go in and reset the well-restaurate to a higher number to start adding palette color to the brush to build up detail, hilites, and shadows. There are number of other brushes I have built that I use also. The fun here is to design what suites you. Takes a bit of time, but it is worth it.

Gene

Robert
03-22-2001, 06:43 PM
It must take forever to print out. I'm amazed that ink can be mixed to do this. Thinking about the commands gives me a headache!

Spectra7
03-22-2001, 06:56 PM
Robert,

It is not as difficult as you might think. Digital art has come a long
way in the last few years. I print my paintings currently on an Iris
printer. It is a very sophisticated ink jet printer and it does amzing
things. I print on Summerset Velvet watercolor paper and now I am
experiementing with canvas. These printers produce rich colors and
archival quality and can print in fairly large sizes. The Iris can go
to 30x40. It takes about 30 min. to print a sheet.

If you have any more questions feel free to ask

Spectra7

LDianeJohnson
03-22-2001, 07:05 PM
Hi Gene,

Just viewing your second posted painting. Marvelous. Superb handling and color. Wonderful leaning, intertwined trees.

One minor suggestion. Pull the tiny, bottom most part of the eroded trail toward the viewer so that it opposes the trees angle and brings the eye up right into the painting.

Thanks too, for explaining your process. It makes a lot of sense, and you have mastered the medium.

Diane

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Spectra7
03-22-2001, 09:06 PM
Thanks Diane for your very helpful and insightful comments. It is a good experience to share my work with oter artists in a forum like this and I appreciate the frank considerate comments which help me see things with new eyes. Akways room for growth. I have been persuing digital painting since 1985 and I am excited that now the medium has finally come of age and should be considered a serious fine art medium. I hope to accomplish some of this acceptance by demonstrating how digital painting can adapt to traditional looks as well as explore new areas that other mediums cannot. Much of what is exciting about digital painting is in the process and the degree of freedom it offers to the artist to be more spontaneous and daring. I often do many versions of a painting, at different stages, before I settle on the final one. The ability to save and move in new directions to experiement opens new doors of exploration. To be able to start with a sketch, a watercolor, or photo and then be able to combine them and rework them digitally is wonderful and unique. The variables are literally endless.
So have fun!

Gene

LarrySeiler
03-23-2001, 12:19 AM
A fine piece! Love the color scheme, and the lines of the trees leaning more and more to the right with the diagonal. Very nice!

Larry

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Margi
03-23-2001, 09:53 PM
Gene, digital painting isn't for me, I'll stick to pastels and paint on canvas and paper. You've mastered this medium beautifully, thank you for sharing. Your work is very inspirational.

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