10 March, 2017

New to fully Digital Art

I have been doing psuedo-digital artwork for years, just using programs to instantly turn one of my own paintings into a ditalized painting--watercolor, oil, impressionist, surrealistic, airbrush etc or posterized version of my own photo of an actual painting. I never attempted until now to actually do a fresh start and compose and "draw" and "paint" something from scratch on the computer. Until now. I really liked some of the stuff I came up with before, but doing it like I am trying out now was daunting to me. It is not really easy though there are some advantages, such as unlimited erases and with a good program as I have a lot of choices and mixing colors couldnt be easier and you can save a color forever too. But actually composing and painting are not easier at least not for me. Right now I am definately at a disadvantage though as I am painting with a mouse not a stylys...I need to buy a graphics pad and set of styluses. Which I will but cant afford atm. So not letting that stop me from starting to learn how to blend and compose with my mouse...it will get easier once I get a good graphics pad and stylus' set. So here is what I worked on today it is not a painting I am doing...I call her Practice Paint 01a cause I am just practicing adding colors over paint, blending, composing lines (not easy with a mouse when you use your mouse backwards but dont normally paint backwards and I cant for the life of me use a mouse unless the darn thing is upside down I prefer to move it left when I wish to go right and I think is because of a stroke I had when I was forty years old. So there is not I can do about that but again once I get my stylus I think that will solve this problem...I cant hardly paint with the stylus upsidedown now can I? Well dont answer cause I might find a way....Anyway, I had to work several hours to do this small amount of work but I can see that it is doable and I am quite pleased.

Now to tell you why I have a need to go digital....I am faced with ever failing health and I fear my days of living independ will not be forever and I worry that if I have to go to an adult family (preferable to a nursing home definitely so hopefully one of them or an assisted living)...anyway, it will be hard to find one that will allow an old feeble frail woman to paint on their carpet with real acrylic paint. Most of those places are more business than family so they wont really care if painting is very important to my mental health and almost really a need for me rather just labeled a hobby as is superfluous activity...it is more like breathing and eating...but moslty people dont see that or care if they are in it only for the buck, which it is very sad that people are now exploiting the sick and the elderly for profit rather than providing compassionate care just because it is something a society should do for those who need it....instead, business people vie for our healthcare insurance dollars and care nothing about the care they are providing us. So be it, I must live with that and so shall all of you if it does not change before you hit your frail years....but in the meantime, I need to be able to express myself artistically and not be stifled until hopefully I rest my hands above my chest and am placed back into the womb of our Mother Earth to return to my Creator. And I hope the same for all of you. For being an artist is more than a job or a hobby....being an artist is a way of just BEING...it is who we are. When a person works for Safeway or McDonalds or Seatac Airport or even the CIA (G-d forgive them) that job does not define who they are as a person...and build model airplanes does not so much either, or crocheting blankets....some of those hobbies say something about our personalities but they do not desribe much detail about who we are but if we are an artist that paints...the actually painting is a vehicle of our creativity..it does not so much count...being an artist is a primal way of being, more than just a job or hobby....an artist is one who like G-d, creates from scratch...Where G-d creates life, we artists created visual reprehentation of that life but it is created none the less much the same...it is created from within ourselves and is created from scratch. An artist who much look at pictures to create a painting is not an artist..they are a painter, maybe a very good painter but a real artist has the pictures within herself or himself. I may not be the best or most skilled painter in the world...my eyesight is dim and my hands are arthritic for one...but I am a real artist..I never need a prompt from a photo or an event to give me something to paint. I need only pause and search inside myself and an image will almost always come unless I am very depressed. My thoughts as to where these images actually come from...I believe like Karl Jung in what he called the Collective Unconsious. I believe in my case I tap into a collect consciousness of my Jewish people, all the Jews who were ever born, who live today and who will ever be born...all of their thoughts within or connected to this pool and when I pause and dive deep within myself I find myself within this poor and I am able to glean images there from which I paint. I think perhaps an artist means we can access this pool a bit easier than non-artists and I think we painters are not the only artists who tap into it--scultures, poets, writers...all artrists may find themselves tapping deeper into it perhaps than average non-artists but anyone at all can tap into it if they can dive deep enough within themselves. It is perhaps also the source of the Wise Woman, our wisdom--our intuition--may eminate from there. Who knows. These are only my speculations. I cannot know if I am right or wrong.

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Adelle John 15 days ago

Just to give an idea this is the type of instant artist like digital work I did before which was dependent on a real painting I had done previously

Yury Yanin 14 days ago

Dear Adelle, You may like to try software called “My Paint” for a beginning. It is a free download. You will easily find it by the Google search. It allows digital colors to be used almost as real paints and gives a good digital imitation of traditional tools – brushes, pens and pencils, charcoal, etc. You may try it with a mouse on your computer and then to decide about other tools. Certainly, it is difficult to operate such programs with mouse. Several years ago I bought the cheapest “Genius” graphic pad made in China. They call it G-Pen 340 Pen Tablet. I like this device and it is enough for me, because I use it as an addition to other devices and software. May be you will want a better and more expensive device, but it worth to try first the cheapest one together with “My Paint” software. May be it is the cheapest way to begin with. Hope this experience will help you. Right now I have not found any of my artworks, made digitaly by hand only, I attach image made with Adobe Photoshop, Paint Net, My Paint software and corrected with Pen tablet.

Adelle John 14 days ago

Thank you so much for the helpful advice. I will look up the paint program and also look into the graphics pad. This will be very helpful, both. Sometimes is good to start out cheaper as you get an idea of just what you need in a program by actually doing the work...and if I use cheaper software and tools to begin with I will learn what I need and then be able to shop more expensive programs and tools with some knowledge of what I am wanting and needing from them and not waste money purchasing tools that either are not what I want or dont include things I need and want in the package. Also, just right now until I move into a cheaper apartment which I am right up at top of list for, I need do cheap as I just cant afford anything more than cheap....Living in a Hotel atm, waiting for an apartment in public housing. So I will go google the program now...ty again. Nice work btw, I love the matching eyes! Adinah

Adelle John 13 days ago

I downloaded My Paint and did this painting on it. I like it but I dont like that I cant seem to come up with a way to make my projects turn out being large files....I like to end up with a file like at least 6mb and even 10 or more megabites is really good. I got like 300 kbs and I cant do anything with that. So I am going back to my own program the full version of ArtRage. And I have ArtRage Oils on my Kindle Fire too and can use a stylus on that one. I am going ot practice doing them on the kindle fire for that reason once I find the stupid stylus for that it is here in my room somewhere. I am looking forward to getting a graphics pad and will look into the one you specified prevously. Both ArtRage and My Paint are similar, well each has its own way of presenting the brushes etc but they both offer choices. I think My Paint offers more choices maybe but limiting the size of the finished product is really not ok and I could not see a way like in ArtRage to make the finish product end up being a large file withou just making it bigger in paint afterwards which really is not ok as the image will be blurry or at least not optimal for printing. Anyway , ty. I did try it. And got this....with only my mouse, no stylus and boy is it hard to do a straight line with just a mouse...

Yury Yanin 12 days ago

I like your painting!

Well... I first tried My Paint for drawing fron a blank list long ago and yes I recall that the resulted files were rather small... I also remember that I experimented enlarging files resulting from My Paint, but I am not sure that the quality of the enlarged images was good enough. However, now I often use My paint as one of multiple software and often work with it on ready made large files (sometimes my comp operates too slow wity very large files). My main software is Adobe photoshop, I also use GIMP, Paint Net, My Paint... and many other sofware for fractals etc. I believe, it is possible to find free downloads of GIMP and Paint Net too - they can provide interesting effects too and each one of them has its own advantages when you want them, but may be they are mostly for working with photos and ready made images.... By the way, you may find many additional free plug ins (brushes) for My Paint in the Internet.

Adelle John 12 days ago

Ty for your help...and I found within the program a way to easily draw a straight line with the mouse...just need to use that command and click once where the line starts and again where it ends...and you also can click as many times as you want in between so you can make any geometric shape as well. Also seems to have circle makers but have not tried them yet. Well kind of used them by accident with the trunks of the trees but "hid" the other side of the circle behind the trunk as I was just wanting straight lines when I found that part. Found the lines later. There is a lot to all the programs and you need to sit down for a few hours or more just seeing and experimenting with what is there for you....Nice...I always feel like a child on Hanukkah evenings when I get to try out new programs and features on my computer...being a grown up little girl all my life and a veritalbe Geek ;) Anyway, thank you you have been most helpful. And I do the programs with photos as well...some of my best prints are made that way....here is one I like I did recently:

rosemary gioielli 12 days ago

Hi Adelle, I really like your thoughts on collective conscience and dipping into the pool. I love digital painting and composition. There is a free program you can download called GIMP. It has some of the tools and features of Photoshop. These programs can be difficult to learn, but trial and error doesn't hurt. You can also find tutorials on you tube, and there's LYDIA which has tons of tutorials and a free trial. I don't like using a stylus and actually prefer the mouse, but that's not the popular opinion I guess. It just takes practice. I wish you the best my dear.

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