What mediums do you use to create your works?
I know I use a variety of traditional, and modern day tools to help create my artwork. I also encourage my students to learn about a variety of painterly tools, and not just the ones I introduce to them.
It really isn't necessary to go out and purchase the rather hard-core painterly software that's out today, and there exist plenty of them. Unless, you are a graphic artist and the more expensive skill enhancement tools add more of a desire for your work, and whatever it is that you do within the artistic services.
As for me, when I do integrate and incorporate painterly modern tools, I use the basic painterly software that comes with my computer. Or, I may use certain free painterly software that can be easily downloaded, such as Lunapic. I have also been known to use the painterly apps that comes with the purchase of my cell phone. Androids offer really good painterly apps. As an example of tradition meets modern technology, the picture below is an original Oils painting, title Ballerina's Feetz. Look like they've been through some real kind of dancing don't they? I know. I admire dancers. I always say, we enjoy the beauty of the movements, while they endure the pain of the dance.
I took a picture of this original piece of Oils artwork on canvas with my Android cell phone, then downloaded into my painterly apps. I then began to play around with the tools that the app offers. Below is just one of the original art print I came up with.
Ballerina Feetz #2. Reserved@ by KvF.
Original Art Print.
There exist layers of work to create this image, but I was satisfied with the by-product. I have created others using the original painting and a variety of painterly software, and apps. This is fun stuff for me.
There exist a slew of free painterly downloadable software and apps. But, I strongly advise to be careful when doing so, because some of the software and apps aren't what they convey themselves to be and can crash your computer, or freeze your cell phone. Even when Norton Spyware says it's okay. Ouch!
The fun part for me is the exploration/experimentation. Then the other fun part is being able to create several different original art prints from the download of one original piece of artwork.
As for the Mediums
I use to create my originals they range from Oils, pastels, charcoal, pen & ink, acrylics, wax, watercolors, torn paper, donated and found items & objects. People ask me often, which is my favorite to work with? I don't have a favorite color, although I do have a preference at times, but this all depends on what kind of atmosphere I'm trying to create. I really can't just say that green, purple, yellow, orange or red is my favorite. I love them all! They all have something unique about them that I just can't say, "Yes, green is my favorite." This is exactly how I feel about mediums.
Out of all the mediums that I work with it is my realization (for me) that each one serves a certain kind of purpose. The purpose depends on the imagery and what it is that I want to convey. For instance, my "Soul" mural below.
This mural was created on brick panel using acrylics and house paints. If I had rendered this in Oils it just would not have given it the rough edge look that I wanted it have. I wanted it to look like it's been places and been through some things. It's not that Oils couldn't create this effect, but using Oils for me would have been more time consuming then I had. Oils would have given it a more refined look which as I said, was not what I was going for on this one.
Then there is the use of charcoal and pencil. The title for this one is "Jesus."
I elected to do this one in charcoal and pencil because I wanted to use my technical skills and add details. It took me what it seemed forever for the hair locks, but could you imagine how long it would have taken me to paint this image putting in the same technical details. Uuuweee! And, of course the image would look different as well in another medium. Charcoal is more of an environmental medium, versus Oils and other fabricated man-made mediums. I wanted to capture a sustainable image using more of a natural substance to create the image.
I suppose you have gotten an understanding of what mediums I use, and how I use them to help create my compositions and imagery...?
How about you? What mediums do you use to help create? We welcome, and look forward to your input.
Thank you in advance for sharing.
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