• Always something different

    Southern Beauties final reduced for web


    I warned you on the front page, I can’t seem to settle on a single style. Is there anything I won’t try? I did this a few months ago before I got neck deep into a writing project, which I am still deep into by the way. But since I was working on my other website I thought I’d stop by here and put this one up. It is long overdue.

    I’d like to learn a more painterly style. You know, loosen up a bit, but I do like these. Magnolias are my favorite flowers.

    Original digital painting from scratch. Tools: Photoshop and my Cintique tablet.

  • Yes, It Is Possible

    A short time ago I got a comment from Darlene Warner on my fan art piece featuring Thorin Oakenshield. She said she didn’t know such an art process was possible. So I thought I’d take some time today to  answer that in detail.


    And to those who equally  wonder about this process.

    Yes. This type of art is indeed possible. I, myself, did not know it was possible in that time before I was asked to illustrate my first children’s book. Until then, I thought Photoshop was strictly for photo enhancements and collages of photos, to create that magic we see in magazines and on book covers. I knew that some digital art comes from photos that have been manipulated and filtered to make them look like paintings. And many, like me, who see actual digital art for the first time, think that this is what they are seeing when what they are seeing has been done totally from scratch. Just the artist, maybe a reference, and Photoshop.

    In the beginning, I was amazed to find out that you could draw with the program. I was further amazed to find out how many professional illustrators turn to Photoshop to produce their work, in other words draw and paint on screen with it to produce professional quality illustrations, cartoons and animations.

    And then I discoveredd speed painting videos. I was blown away and fully in love. I have recently acquired the software to work on my own videos but for now I am sharing these videos contributed by other artists to show you the process.

    Note that these are not my videos and I do not own the rights to them.


    So if, like me, you have now fallen in love with this process, here is a look at the graphics board I use.



    I suppose I will have to do a post on the various graphics tablets in my next post. Until then you should go check out more speed painting videos. They are quite impressive, and if you are an artist, inspiring, to watch.

    Thank you for your interest, Darlene.

  • Illustration Friday-airborne

    early bird


    Illustration Friday for June 5th is just finishing up with the word prompt “Airborne” and I thought it would be a good time to bring back one I did before my site crashed. Officially titled “Early Bird”, I had a great deal of enjoyment in doing this. It’s one of the last ones I did before I moved on to doing my illustrative  art without lines.

    I AM working on other projects right now as I turn my digital skills back to more traditional subjects. So there is new work on the way.

  • Made In The Shade

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    The Illustration Friday prompt this week  is “Triangle”.

    It has been while since I did an Illustration Friday entry. In fact it has been since before my site crashed. I had to put aside a major piece of fan art that I was working on to do this one. I admit to being torn about remaining focused on my planned projects or, now and then, taking the time of to play along. Thorin Oakenshield  is alone on my fan art page right now. I am trying to remedy that. But I did have fun doing this one.

  • Fan Art- Thorin Oakensheild

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    Jan 20, 2015   PHOTOSHOP  CS5 My first step to learn to paint fantasy art. I’ve been interested in (in love with) the fantasy genre of digital painting since I watched my first speed painting video to learn Photoshop. This is just copy work, but my goal is to learn from pieces like this until I can do original work. I definitely enjoyed doing this one.