Creating  a digital painting


A digital painting is drawn or painted directly on the computer in a digital format.  I create my work using a Wacom tablet and Corel Painter.


Within the software, I choose the medium, brush type, and drawing surface.  i also select colors from a limited pallet or color wheel.  Corel Painter has all the materials or mediums one would find in a professional art store.


I begin with a blank screen and from there the artistic process in digital art is very much the same as I used for making other kinds of paintings.  I have an idea, I start painting, the idea develops as I paint, and I work on the image until at some point, I decide the painting is done.


All my creations are painted utilizing some outside sketches or photographs only to assist me with composition or color choices. 

After the digital image is completed, the limited editions are printed as a giclee (pronounced "zhee-clay"). A giclee is a highly advanced inkjet technology specially designed for this purpose.  Giclee's have a superior color range and are archival quality.  They use special inks, coatings, and substrates (artist papers) to ensure prints retain their beautiful color for many decades.




What is a Traditional Lithograph? 


in a lithograph, the line that is to be printed is neither raised (as in a woodblock) nor lowered (as in an engraving), but is flat.  Lithography owes its existance to the chemical principal that oil and water do not mix.


I draw the image to be printed on a flat slab of limestone, metal, or plastic using a greasy crayon.  The surface is then chemically fixed and wet with water which does not adhere to the greasy image areas.  When the surface is inked with a roller, the ink adheres only to the greasy image area and not the wet areas.  Paper is positioned over the plate and the press is manually operated to produce one impression.  This process must be repeated for each color.  It is not unusual for my lithographs to be printed from 6 or more plates,