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      1. Just wanted to know. Have been seeing your paintings of Hitomi. You cats work well together. Your doing good, passionate work! Keep it up! I have been posting on this site quite a bit lately too! Feel free to see anything you might like. ROCK ON PAINTBRUSH MASTER!

  1. I’m clueless and amateur on many matters of technique. Can you acquaint me with what’s involved in the digital modification aspect of your sketch? Your polish and skill are obvious in the drawing. Does it undergo some further process on the computer? Best regards.

    1. Yes. There are tons of free online photo filters / effects / modifiers to make use of. So, you just feed a photo of the drawing / painting you want to play around with in, make some choices, and see what happens. If you like what you get then keep it and use it instead of the original work. I never went in for Adobe Photoshop or any of those big photo manipulation programs but if one is prepared to put in time and effort into learning how they work then no doubt one will reap the rewards. My own preference is all about keeping things as simple as possible. My history is [1] drawing from life followed by [2] freehand drawing from photographs followed by [3] using whatever technological means including tracing and projecting (there are many gizmos on the market that make drawing quick and accurate) to reach the desired end.
      Chance as always has a big part to play in art. Now I don’t bother to draw from life any more. But it helps if one can make an accurate drawing free hand in the first place. One of my first art teachers, life drawing, was a guy called Michael Noakes. That was back in the days when there were no computers or modern technology. And no digital cameras either! Hope that brief explanation helps.

      1. A superb explanation. I’m very grateful to you. It’s good to know what real artists are doing. I revere the practice and ability to draw both accurately and expressively. I want to look further at your work. Best regards.

      2. I agree, drawing, getting the drawing right, by whatever means, is all important. The rest follows fairly easily if the drawing is good. Learning to draw accurately is an acquired skill. But it helps if you have good teachers to correct your mistakes and show you how it should be done. If you get into bad drawing habits it’s very hard to break them. Of course this all relates to traditional drawing and painting. Nowadays there are many other fine arts, such as installation work, performance art, video art, and so on. Also, I should say that I have known people in college as students who could not draw to save their lives! Yet they now teach in prestigious colleges of art! So one has to be discerning. I’m quite old now so I was influenced, nay, taken in by modernism, which I don’t regret, but I do feel now that it was a byway off the main drag of art. But I am talking too much!

      3. Good point about getting the drawing right from the outset. In my efforts at easel it doesn’t go well if I’m trying to correct it after painting starts. I simply make a grid on the canvas. I think it’s an old trick. I more or less blundered into it. I have no hope of learning to draw well. It’s past time for that were it ever possible. I do try to make myself draw in whatever way I can. What I enjoy most readily is mixing and brushing pigment on the surfaces, often canvas, but lately — of all things — cardboard! I’ve plenty of it since almost everything I get is delivered.

      4. Yes squaring up is a very old ‘trick’! I used it myself in the past. Still do occasionally. Artists have employed it since the renaissance. Van Gogh’s drawing improved noticeably after he got a carpenter to make one of these drawing devices for him!
        I’m not sure about painting on cardboard. Depends what paint. Acrylic would be okay. But oil painting no. You’d need at the very least to apply a couple of coats of glue size to the board. Or alternatively prime said board with acrylic gesso.
        Whatever, happy painting!

      5. So sorry! This excellent reply slipped past me, Peter. It’s quite useful what you say, and informative. I do have some gesso that I will use on the cardboard as you suggest. I’m glad to know that real artists have used this expedient that I use to help my drawing! Forgive the delay in responding, and best regards.

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