Digital paintings from your photos by Michael Storey

 

Welcome to a tour of the studio. Here you will get an idea of the process of producing a digital painting. As the name suggests computers play a large part in the process.

There is artistic skill involved

The next most important element of the process is the ‘Wacom tablet’ and ‘pen’. In the photos you can see a ‘pen’ in my hand and a graphics tablet underneath. The pen is told on the computer to be an oil paint brush, or any other type of art marker, a piece of charcoal for instance. On the tablet the pen is stroked as in normal painting. ‘Brush strokes’ exactly as in real painting are applied and according to what paint settings have been set, the paint is applied on the ‘painting’ on the screen.

scene of computer work area

close up of graphics tablet

The paint mixes and interacts with ‘wet’ paint that has already been laid down. The overall effect is very real except for the absent smell of the turps and paint which is a shame since I like that. The other real advantage is there is no waiting for paint to dry. When mistakes are made an instant re-try can be made. (The keyboard underneath is what I make music with for YouTube videos, and have a break with a cup of coffee).
The realism of the paint strokes are evident in the close up detail shots from a couple of different paintings. The program I use is Painter version 9.5 in conjunction with Photoshop CS3.

detail of brush strokes

They look and feel like real paintings

These next series of photos show the canvas having been printed and stapled onto a timber stretcher. In all our paintings a thick clear coat of ‘brush stroke acrylic’ is hand applied. This has two benefits. Firstly it creates a three-dimensional brush stroke that can be seen in the reflections. This makes the finished result even more like a real painting.
Secondly it protects the painting and makes it washable with a damp cloth to keep it looking tidy over the one hundred years the inks are now fully capable of lasting.

 

texture finish on canvas

The last row of photos shows a finished painting and the back and side view. In this case it was a larger painting so the extra middle support is added. As standard on our 20inch by 16inch size paintings the frame is a little thinner.

If any one is interested in getting a group together I can organise a very useful class on getting up and running in this activity.
Any questions, just phone or e-mail.

 

details of picture mounting