Just 2 exams to go, and I will have another semester under my belt. I opened a new gallery with a few digital paintings on my website. This gallery uses flash instead of HTML. It’s a rough sketch gallery, but I like the possibilities. Maybe this education hasn’t been a waste after all.
What a weird day. My ipod broke. Work was stranger than usual. A black cat crossed my path on the way home from school (i think there was white on it’s paws so it shouldn’t count…right?) and when I got home, the heater for my room was fried.
Something I’ve been working on for a while now. A portrait with a farm animal.
This work was started from a rough pencil sketch. The rest was done in Photoshop. My goal is to make work with the latest technology, while maintaining the look, feel, style I have developed with traditional media.
I think the hands need some work.
Also, there is a halo between the body and background. This is a result of working the two parts of the painting separately. This painting is going to receive more colors. First, I will make it my screen saver and study it for a while.
I have been experimenting with a new way to draw/paint. The artwork is created through a touch sensitive screen on a computer with photoshop.
The three crocks in a corner window are a current work in process. The sketch was created on location. There are no photo references.
I started drawing using 3 tones:
dark brown (shadows)
light yellow (highlights)
Then I drew the aqua color with a semi-opaque brush, allowing the light/dark contrast of the underpainting come through.
I have been using the rub tool to smear the brush strokes.
It’s a challenge whenever an artist starts a new medium, and this one is no different. I am somewhat familiar with photoshop as a photo editing program. However, I am interested in using it in a similar way to how an artist would use traditional media.
Right now, I want to learn to:
create custom brushes that respond to a surface texture
create brushes that respond to the color they are applied to (similar to Painter’s smeary brushes)
apply textures that look natural
This is new material, so comments/suggestions are greatly apprecaited
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Ken is a self-taught artist from rural Kentucky, whose work includes painting, printmaking, and pottery. He considers himself to be a 'lifetime learner' and he uses art as the vehicle to explore and learn more about the world around him. Much of his work reflect his optimistic views on rural folk culture, river life and simple pleasures.
You can visit Ken every Final Friday of the month at studio 400 at the Pendleton Art Center in downtown Cincinnati. He can also be found picnicking near his home in the Historic Village of Old Washington, KY.