This is the cover illustration for "Clear Moon, Snow Soon", a book I illustrated in 2001. A lot of things came together for me during the making of this book. I've always loved this piece, and, since it's so close to Christmas, I thought it was a good time to show it again.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
I was asked if the Santa image from my previous post was painted digitally or conventionally, (music to my ears). I painted it digitally — But that it doesn’t have an obvious digital look is a compliment I’ll gladly take. Years ago I wrestled with the idea of using the computer as a medium for painting. Back then the time I spent on each of my paintings grew to the point that this wonderful career of mine was starting to feel more like a job and less like an artistic endeavor. I needed to find a way to keep my enthusiasm and spontaneity up and number of hours spent on each piece down.
The computer seemed to be just the ticket.
Since going digital my painting skills have improved dramatically. I tend to take more chances and explore more options because of the flexibility painting digitally affords, which translates back into my conventional painting.
Bottom line? It doesn’t matter how you get there — as long as you get there. And the fact that I can paint digitally, have my images look as if they were created conventionally, and get a little more sleep — is all just icing on the cake.