The Digital Palette

Modern Tools - Classical Methods

The Curse of "The Sticker on the Wall"

It's the critique I give most often to novice painters...

"It looks like a sticker on the wall."

This comment is not meant to be mean or unusually harsh.  It's simply the best terminology I can find to describe the one curse that seems to plague all new painters.

Before we go any further, just to be absolutely clear - I painted this...

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Color Picker Guide for Photoshop Painters - Part 2

I'll be the first to admit - when it comes to art, there are no hard and fast rules, no "right", and no "wrong".  However, there are best practices that are generally applicable to many of our creations.

If you carefully analyze the brush strokes of the old master oil painters, you'll often find colors that range from cool to warm....

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Color Picker Guide for Photoshop Painters - Part 1

If you're a Photoshop user, I'm sure you've seen and used the color picker. 

It would seem a fairly straight forward tool.  However, when it comes to Photoshop painting, there are several considerations that will make your paintings stand out from those of an amateur.

As artists, we need to have an understanding of color.  As ...

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Begin With the End in Mind

Oh my goodness, I love this!  How'd you do it?  What brushes did you use?!

It never fails...

When I post a new painting, I get multiple messages, emails, and comments inquiring exactly how I painted the image. What magic brushes did I use?  Is it oils?  Is it digital?  Did I paint by hand or was it some sort of...

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Setting Up the Wacom Art Pen for Painting in Photoshop CC

The Wacom Art pen is a must-have for your painting journey.  The barrel rotation is critical to positioning the "bristles" of your brushes correctly when painting things such as hair. It will quite literally make or break your success as a digital artist!  

If you don't know the difference between the Wacom Art Pen and the grip...

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How to Set Up Your Wacom Tablet for Painting

"I don't need a Wacom tablet.  I do everything with a mouse."

If I had a nickel for every time I've heard this, I'd be a wealthy woman!  The truth of the matter is - if you're doing all your retouching and painting with a mouse or trackpad, you are not creating to your maximum potential. 

The Wacom tablet is an integral part of...

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Wacom Art Pen vs. Wacom Grip Pen

There's a lot of resistance from new digital painters on the Wacom Art Pen investment.  It's an additional $80 purchase (as of the date of this writing) and I'm constantly questioned why it's necessary.

In short - your success as a digital artist depends on it!

The Wacom Intuos Pro ships with the standard grip pen.  It functions...

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Painting Edges

I get questions all the time about painting edges.

Edges are a difficult question because you have to consider your audience when you handle them.

I'll just say outright that PPA judges do NOT understand edges the way oil painters do. If you create a competition piece with edges like an oil painter and you don't get one of the handful of judges...

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