This is my first finished digital painting made with Photoshop. It is of a male two-year-old tiger at the San Diego Zoo. I’m pretty happy with it because I know how many lessons I had to learn to get to this point. Even though I know Photoshop pretty well, I still had to learn about how to use it for painting digitally. Some of the lessons I had to learn were:
– Getting over my fear of doing something new
– Staying inspired as a beginner
– Refreshing my knowledge of basic art composition
– Experimenting and choosing a color palette
– Learning about digital brushes
– Learning about the digital painting workflow
– Choosing subject matter that will keep me inspired
– Enjoying the process
The prep work to start the painting took 3-4 months prior and it required many practice paintings. During that time I also read books to stay inspired:
“The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly” by Seth Godin
“The War Of Art” by Steven Pressfield
“On Becoming An Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity” by Ellen J. Langer
The actual painting took about 9 hours (3 hours for 3 days).
Day One: build the color palette, draw a sketch, and block in color
Day Two: fill in shapes, add shading and create volume, make corrections
Day Three: focus on the details, continue to make corrections and refine without overworking
I still have a long way to go, but I’m excited about what’s ahead. This week I hope to buy a Wacom tablet (digital painting with a mouse can wreak havoc on your wrist). In future posts, I’ll try describe in more detail the steps I am taking.
Have a great week!