When most people see the term "digital art," they assume that the artist uses Photoshop or some similar software to create the works. But, no photography was involved. These works were all drawn freehand, stylus between my fingers, with no image loads. In traditional media, the artist starts with a blank canvas or blank sheet of paper. In this case, I start with a blank touchscreen. I move the stylus across the screen just as I would move a pencil on a sheet of paper. The only difference: the work is digital rather than "analog," for lack of a better term. Yes, I save the finished piece, upload it to Photos on my Mac, and can then print it. But, no photography was involved. In a way, you can think of this process as another printmaking medium. You could call it digital lithography perhaps. All these works were created on my iPad. I began with an iPad 2, moved up to an iPad Air 2, and I currently work on an iPad Pro.
Little Chick Jeremy, from life
Sassy Lena, from life
Sunflower, from life Sunflower, from life
Waiting Expectantly Self-portrait, from life
Sun Hat On the phone
Rick and his coffee Rick and Hank the Tank
Sunny Day Rick in sunglasses
Brittany, from life, in the studio.
Brittany again, from life, in the studio.
Greg on his phone, from life
Greg on his phone, again, from life
Dara, from life
Archie, from life Little Red Riding Hood
Rudbeckia, from life Four Petals, from life
Magnolia Blossom, from life
Neon Daisy, from life
Out Of The Silence Is Me
I much prefer working with the living, breathing human being in front of me, or the true, solid object.
However, sometimes, I have no choice. I knew Kimberly her entire life. She had autism. She passed away about a year ago, at the age of 30. I worked on this piece while she was alive, but her autism was such that she almost continuously turned her head, back and forth, so posing was simply not realistic. Instead, I worked from a personal photograph.
To me, she always had a truly haunting beauty, which I tried to capture in this sketch. The title is also the title of a book of poetry she wrote, which you can find on Etsy.com, along with prints of her artwork. Her Etsy store is kimsgifts, and her mother still maintains it. Take a look!
Broken Rose, from life
This ballerina sketch actually began as a dashed off drawing from life, using charcoal on printer paper. I scanned the initial drawing, loaded it into the Sketch Club app, and took it from there. I like the loose, gestural quality of her tutu and the general expressiveness of the sketch.
Emma lost in thought, from life Bridgette, from life
At the Beach, begun from life Lili, begun from life
Below, two quick sketches from life
More Portraits, from life
This sketch was done for a challenge to do an anime portrait. I'm not an anime artist, but it was a fun sketch to do. I based it on Bronzino's fabulous portrait of the child, Bia de' Medici. I hope he isn't spinning in his grave, but finds it amusing, instead.
Miss Scarlett Black
This sketch came out of a Dr. Sketchy session. What is Dr. Sketchy, you ask? A national movement. Artists get together at a bar or similar venue, with a costumed model, often a burlesque performer. For more info on Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School: http://www.drsketchy.com/