What is digital drawing, how is it done and is it real art?

Winter Scene Completed_SmallSince I started sharing bits of my journey into learning digital portraiture and illustration I’ve received a lot of questions and enquiries into what exactly this medium is…? Some folks thought that I was just manipulating photos but in fact I am actually drawing by hand. I do use photos as references or as ideas sometimes but the actual piece is created by hand on a Wacom Tablet. (The piece pictured here though was an idea created completely in my head.) The tablet is connected to my computer, I use a digital mouse pen directly on my tablet screen and paint with tools in Adobe Photoshop to create the image. It really is very much like drawing on a piece of paper or painting on a canvas depending on the tools you use.

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My drawing begins like any of my traditional drawings with a quick sketch.Screen shot 2015-11-05 at 12.54.01 PM Screen shot 2015-11-05 at 1.55.30 PM Screen shot 2015-11-05 at 2.03.22 PMThen like any traditional drawing or painting project I build my image in layers. Screen shot 2015-11-05 at 5.05.23 PM
This illustration is destined to become the base for a mini Christmas animation that my daughter and I are working on.Screen shot 2015-11-05 at 5.10.18 PMScreen shot 2015-11-05 at 5.14.53 PM


And voila! After several hours of drawing here is the final piece –>
Winter Scene Completed_Small
I really wanted to share this process with you because sometimes I think the idea of “digital art” can be confusing… You might wonder if it is “real”? And as an artist who has been traditional pretty much all of my career I assure you that it is a very real art medium – one that takes equally as much learning, thought and time as any other. Hours and hours of work especially when you’re a beginner like me! 😉

If you are contemplating whether or not you might enjoy this medium I’d encourage you to try – it’s worth it!

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