Here’s a short video slideshow showing my creation process for how I go about creating my digital portrait paintings. I know people often say that I’m cheating by using photos as part of the painting, but really that’s one of the main reasons I love creating digital artwork so much. Having the ability to “cheat” on so many levels, and having so much freedom to experiment and explore knowing that I’ve got an undo button—and also having multiple versions of the artwork saved—is what makes digital artwork so exciting for me. Cheating and experimenting is what makes it fun. I actually also think it’s made me a better traditional oil painter. There’s various techniques I’ve experimented with in digital painting that’s saved me a lot of time and money in oil painting. I also think that me being able to paint well in oils--while still choosing to use shortcuts with creating digital art--sort of proves (if even just to myself) that I’m what they’d call a real artist.
This is actually one of my favorite digital paintings that I've done yet. I do most of my digital painting with Corel Painter and a Wacom tablet. The process is mainly painting on layers (Usually many hundreds), and then scratching parts off. Doing this gives it that scratchy/messy/gritty sort of look.
The photo I based this painting on is from a friend of mine, and the song is a Soundgarden cover I found on Soundcloud. Here’s the link to where I found the song: https://soundcloud.com/awigo-knows/fell-on-black-days-soundgarden-cover
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I’ve also written a short story based on this painting called Voices of the Dead. It’s a surreal psychological horror/thriller based in a medieval fantasy setting about a woman exploring an abandoned cathedral of the dead, in search of an old enemy.
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