I am often asked if my work is “hand” or if it is “digital”. The short answer is… both.
My work always starts out by my drawing a design on a piece of paper so I can work out the layout and how I want it to look.
From there I either finish the piece by painting it with watercolor and calling it “finished”. Or I take the layout drawing and scan it. Once the piece is scanned in I re-draw it digitally using a Wacom tablet and pin, which keeps the drawing a “hand drawing”.
After I have redrawn the design I digitally paint the design. I have many times been accused of using filters and gradients to add color. Actually, I never use filters and gradients. When I paint with watercolor on paper I use a brush to paint with. When I add color digitally, I use a tablet and pin/stylus. In both cases, weather I am using a brush or a pin/stylus, my hand technique is the same.
For years I looked for a way to make my art style different from everybody else and truly unique to me. One day I realized that the more I tried to make my art different, the more it was looking like everybody else. That was when I realized that I didn’t have to try to be different… because I already was!
Since making that discovery, I have enjoyed my art more than ever before!
Embrace all the way that you are different and instead of trying to change them… embrace and enjoy them!!!
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