A beginner’s story on a simple task……draw a coffee cup.
Photography and art are my passion but I have a confession—I can’t draw very well. I can do basic drawing skills and if I concentrate I can do a good job. I am always looking for the easy way out. So the challenge I am going to give myself is this:
Learn to draw a coffee cup the “easy” way ie not hand drawn
Make it look artsy
Here is one the best sources of info and learning you are ever going to get online www.creativelive.com. You can watch lessons for all creative endeavors for free but you can also buy the program and keep all the lessons if you wish.
Have you heard of presets? Major editing programs like Lightroom and Photoshop come with what is called “presets”. Presets are adjustments to a photo that are saved as one command. After loading up your photo into one of these editing programs, you can change tone, color, mood, clarity etc. with a one click preset. One can use a preset to adjust the photo depending on what you will use your photo for, and what mood or message you want to convey.
Several presets may be bought online. You can also endeavor to make your own….. That may possibly the subject of my next topic!
Presets are used to change the look of a photo with one click
You may use presets that already come with your program
Digital art is a creative process much like traditional art. Instead of the traditional paint, canvas and brushes you need to acquire some tools and programs.
I believe if you are trying to achieve that realistic painting look, look no further than the Corel Painter series. The possibilities are endless with interfaces that let you get lost in creating your own brushes, colors etc and you haven’t even starting the artwork yet! I currently work with Corel Painter X3 but Corel Painter 2017 is now available.
The second program that is key is the Adobe CC platform. You have access to Lightroom to store your images or drawings, Photoshop to crop, edit and enhance with filters, Illustrator to create and promote and the list goes on and on. Every artist and photographer delving into the digital world must sign up for Adobe CC
The third program that has peaked my interest and those of photographers is Topaz Labs. They have endless programs to enhance photos to make them look painterly. You can adjust each setting to your liking and then work with Photoshop to edit further or paint on. Again, I stress that you are the artist and that creations be given thought and artistic flair using your skill rather than just plunking out a filter.
The best tools you are going to need are a tablet and pen. The best is of course the Wacom Tablet. Depending on how extensively you want to use your skills, there are several types to choose from. This is your brush artists and photographers! Invest wisely.
Now I am an Apple fan and so therefore preach about using a MAC computer. Any computer will do if it is supplied with the proper hardware and screen. You need to obtain the best and fastest hardware you can afford. The programs running on these computers take up a lot of hard drive space and energy. So just make sure you are equipped well. You would hate to have all those fancy software programs only to have them crash with a lesser quality computer. The best case scenario is a Mac desktop workhorse with a laptop for travel. A PC will do also.
This cannot be said enough! Whether it is cloud storage or external hard drives, make sure you have a LOT of space. The files made during digital art are huge and need to be housed. Also incase of crashes and blackouts etc, you need to have a back up. If you use Apple get the apple storage or the cloud subscription. Don’t mess with other external hard drives that have to be formatted unless you are skilled in this area. PC’s work great with Western Digital storage drives.
I have just created my first podcast relating to the definition and advantages of digital art. I talk about what entails creating digital art and the compare it to traditional art. I also promote the advantages of this type of art. In this ever changing technological age it is definitely time to get on the digital art bandwagon!