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Using Procreate or Drawcast

Procreate and Drawcast are important aids in creating art. I have used both regularly. But there are drawbacks to using them.

Here is a picture I created on Procreate. The program allows one to create marks that can be difficult to reproduce by hand.

Here is the canvas I’ve been working on to recreate the first image. Obviously there are differences in color, composition, and marks. I’m going to continue to work on this and see how it goes. There is a lot to be said of spontaneity. That is starting and creating directly on the canvas and then using a program to tweak the results.

I’m continuing this piece. It is a work in progress. I’ve just added the orange and now I’m letting it dry before I proceed. It’s scary touching a picture but it’s just paint. I keep telling myself that anyway. No pain, no gain.

I’ve continued to work on this piece. Now I’m adding what I call is the jewelry of a picture. The jewelry is those last touches that give it that pizazz. I don’t know if I’m finished. If you have any suggestions out there, I’d love to hear them.

Commission Works

It’s an amazing feeling when someone likes your work enough to purchase it. And even more special if they chosen you to do a special piece for them or a friend. Commissions are challenging because you’re not just pleasing yourself but you want to meet the expectations of the person who has asked you to create their piece.

Below are some commissions I’ve done. Yes, they are dogs. People love their pets and is a typical subject for commissions.

This little guy was painted as a gift for a friend. It’s done in oil and is a small format of 8″ by 10″.

I painted this as a wedding gift. This is oil and again a small format of 9″ by 12″.

This is Bailey. It is my most recent commission. The medium is oil and the format is 16″ by 20″.

Prices range from $150 to 350$.

Creating an Abstract

Creating an abstract is a difficult genre. It needs balance, composition, and all the components of any great work of art regardless of genre. I thought I would go though a few steps in creating one of my pieces.

This is the beginning of a piece. I’m really just playing by creating marks and using a water bottle.

In this image, I’ve stated editing by removing shapes I’m not happy with and keeping those that work for me.
I’m continuing the editing process.
And finally I reach a stage I’m happy with. How do I know I’m finished. Because adding or subtracting will not improve upon what I have.