Digital Painting —
Posted August 2021
In the last year, I struggled with a decision about
getting a new . My old one had crashed several
so I'd made myself content just using my "real-world"
sketchbook or other "real-world" media such as pastels etc when I
went out to scratch my creative itch (which is pretty much daily : )
Earlier this year, I found a used 17 inch that was powerful
to run Blender 3D, digital painting, and video editing
software. Even pre-owned it was still a kinda pricey — but
similar one at that same shop had been scooped up before I
could nab it — so I felt like I had to make a fast decision.
So I said a few prayers about it, and enlisted my niece's
prayers — and while still feeling very unsure about it — went in a
day or two later and counted out the money and walked out with it
under my arm — still wondering if I'd done the right thing.
The shop offers a 30 day trial — with no questions asked
on returns — so I figured if my 'Buyers Remorse'
got too bad I could still return it.
Right away, I started working with it every day— updating
it, downloading and adding APPs — and while I was at it I thought
I'd try out Krita— an AWESOME FREE digital painting
talked a lot about here in my digital painting links
recently — and
as I've said many times before — I ended up LOVING it! : )
Anywho, as I was working on posting today's painting
it occurred to me how well the new lap-top has worked out —
and thank God for answering my prayer about it! : )
As I've been sharing for a while now — I've
been going back and digitally painting my old pencil
from my 'real-world' sketchbook
hand-painting them on my new-ish lap-top. : )
Although I made a few changes to it — you'll find the
original 2019 sketch for this digital painting — posted here.
Some notable changes to the final painting are the
addition of the fisherman's companion (furiously rowing for
he and his pal's lives : ), and the sea monster rider's 'light '—
which I added one day — after 'seeing' it in my imagination.
The most substantial change happened with the creature's
head and face. I was beginning to feel satisfied with the creature
itself and the back-
ground — but the more I
on its head/face—the less happy I was with it.
Then, one day, I literally 'saw' a better face in my mind
— so I fired up my lap-top — and in minutes had repainted
it more to my satisfaction. I love when this happens!!
I'll post the composite below - showing the original sketch
and some steps along the way (when it looked more like a Chinese
New Year Dragon) — and another look at the final image.
This image was digitally painted
using Krita —
awesome, FREE! computer painting software
All Images and Video: Copyright 2021, Jephyr! (Jeff Curtis)
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