View Full Version : Painting Challenge # 1, May 2014

05-22-2014, 07:30 AM

Hello everyone. :wave:Here is your new challenge for the month of May. Feel free to work in any digital medium. You can post multiple images as you desire. Don't hesitate and have fun.
PS: No manips please.

The topic for this month is "Water".

Painting water is fun and sometimes, it's difficult. Lets try our talents and techniques to paint it.







05-22-2014, 12:50 PM
Do you want people to use the photos provided or are they just suggestions?

05-23-2014, 10:21 AM
These images are given here to use them as reference. But if you want to try something else (sticking to topic), you may try.

05-24-2014, 03:10 PM
This sounds like fun! I want to try the wave, but I also started one of the pitcher and the glass. Not only is a great exercise in water, but also of getting all those different whites!
I'm working on one, but it might take me a while to finish. I have my grandkids here every day while they are moving back locally, and things are very hectic!

05-24-2014, 09:05 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-May-2014/42008-Pour_Me_a_glass.jpeg Okay, I managed to get about 2 hours for this one. I call it "Pour Me A Glass!"

C&C's always welcome. I probably could spend more time on it.


05-26-2014, 12:41 PM
Nice Elaine, you have very quickly captured the light and liquid and even the frosted look of the condensation. Enjoy the grandkids, you could always come back to it later if you want to refine.

05-26-2014, 12:47 PM
Wow Elaine. Its beautiful. I like it's loose style.

05-26-2014, 04:19 PM
Thanks Michelle and Maria, I guess we should mention what software and such we used. Most of you know I'm a huge fan of Artrage. I used a combo of the oil with a little watercolor for some of the subtle shadows- AND one my favorite palette knife presets - the frost. It is basically putting water on to blend but gives it a frosty dotted look. The wet, grainy look reminds me of how watercolors blend wet into wet.
Also, I used the symmetry tool for the top of the glass. You set up an axis, and as you draw, it draws the other side EXACTLY. When it was first introduced in Artrage 4, I thought, that's nice, but I don't do mandellas and designs, so I don't think I'll use it much. Recently, I taught an art rage class and we did a lighthouse and everyone was blown away at how straight their lighthouses came out! Non of them came out looking like the leaning tower of Pisa! :lol:

05-27-2014, 08:35 PM
This is great! i have to get on the ball and give one a try!

05-31-2014, 07:56 PM
Elaine, your water pitcher is great!

05-31-2014, 08:03 PM
ok, my contribution to Mays challenge! This was done in corel painter. The sketch was done in water color and the rest was done in pastel. A very quick sketch and contribution!

06-01-2014, 12:59 PM
Nice work Barb.

I was hoping to do something for this but gardening season has begun here. I should start taking my iPad out with me and try to paint something when I'm taking my breaks.

06-02-2014, 12:07 PM
Your water looks great Barb!
Michele, taking your IPad with you..... reminds me of out of my art rage students. She said she is practicing art more, because she takes her laptop to bed with her, and paints a little every night before she goes to goes to sleep, no mess, no cleanup. That's one of the big pluses of digital: being so portable, you can practice more by grabbing a few moments here and there.
I use my laptop for designing ads (work). This summer I have my grandkids here, and I'm thinking I can work from the backyard or the school playground if necessary!

06-05-2014, 12:33 PM
I tried to paint my water fountain on my iPad but even though it was cloudy it was really hard to see the screen. So I decided to just have fun with it and painted it with the Water brush in Procreate.

Yeah, I know the bubbles look stupid. :lol:


06-05-2014, 07:00 PM
It's a good start Michelle, just unfinished.
As for the sun, several years ago, I helped someone with photos at a street festival. I bought black foam core board, and made a box that had 3 sides and a top by no bottom or no front panel. I placed that over my laptop and I was able to work outdoors. I'm thinking of trying that again, so I can work out on my deck in the summer. I suppose something like that would help with an iPad too.

06-05-2014, 11:58 PM
Barb I like the way you rendered water.

Michelle, your start seems good.

Now I've a busy schedule that is why I don't get enough time for art, but I still try to do something. Now a days I'm teaching my son how to write. He's just 2 and a half year old.

Here is his recent drawing, done freehand, I just added dots to follow.


06-07-2014, 12:28 PM
That's great Maria, he's going really well. I have trouble getting my son to do anything like that, he's too much of a free spirit, lol.

That's a good idea with the box Elaine. Even just a cardboard box could work, as long as it isn't windy lol.

Silent Jaguar
08-18-2014, 06:29 PM
So today I found out that real painting is far easier and faster than using Corel Painter 12. :lol:


08-19-2014, 12:31 AM
Nice work Jaguar.

08-19-2014, 11:42 AM
Yeah, digital painting is different in many ways. I also find it takes longer. And I think you picked a difficult reference. The glass part looks good.

Silent Jaguar
08-19-2014, 02:17 PM
Thank you Maria and Lavender. Funny, I thought that the image looked the easiest! Oh well. Back to Photoshop.

08-20-2014, 11:45 AM
I think it looks difficult because it almost looks abstract and it takes close attention to detail to get it to look right.

In the acrylic forum they are doing a paint-a-long about glass right now. The important thing is to paint what you see, and I think that applies to painting water as well.