I am a 23 year old digital artist
with a degree in graphic design.
Q: What do you do?
At the moment I'm freelancing, so bits of everything.
I specialise in digital art; taking a blank image in Photoshop and painting with the brush tool.
Digital painting is wonderful in the lack of restraint it provides to that of the virtual canvas: texture, stroke, brush type and flow, tone, composition, structure, artistic style... So much freedom can spawn from that single click of a button and without disruption to workflow or destructive mistakes.
Q: What monitor, programs & tablet do you use? Do you paint traditionally?
I've always used Photoshop - at the moment I'm using PS CS6. I currently paint with a large Wacom Intuos5 on a 27" imac. I've painted traditionally before but I'm just nowhere near as confident and comfortable with it as I am with digital. I absolutely love traditional drawing.
Q: What is this wizardry? Is it specific brushes?
Don't ever start thinking it's the brushes you use that will make or break your work. It comes down to practice, plain and simple. The standard brushes in PS are perfectly fine for digital painting, and I still use them every now and then. I began incorporating more realistic brushes into my work as my tastes changed, I suppose. I download custom ones from DeviantArt's resources section.
Q: How do you achieve that 'gritty' look?
A combination of custom brushes and realistic overlays. I download various textures; painted canvases, blank canvases, paper, dirty concrete, etc. I select parts of the textures that I like and overlay them through multiple layers and blend modes.
Q: What camera/lenses do you use?
Canon EOS 500D, and I mostly use a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens.
Q: How do you edit your photos?
Curve adjustments are definitely the way to go. Here's how I usually set it up:
Note that the darkest areas have been lifted and the whites have been slightly lowered. I also darken the lower midtones and then alter the RGB sliders depending on the photo. Lastly, I sharpen with the Unsharp Mask.
Q: Do you sell prints?
You can buy posters, canvas prints, pillows, phone cases, apparel and more from Society6 / RedBubble
Q: Do you trace your reference photos??
I get asked this all the time and my answer is almost always "what's the fun in that?" The whole reason I do what I do is because I enjoy the process. Building up likeness by hand (I mean without tracing) is damn satisfying and when you reach that end point where you can stand back and feel genuinely proud of your work (even just for a little while) it makes the whole thing worth it.
I use a lot of photo reference, but I set it up next to what I'm painting. I get proportion right with the help of a grid overlay. Go check out my Vimeo account for an idea on how I work.
Q: Do you take commissions?
Depending on what it is, yes! Digital portraits of people, pets or characters I definitely do. If you have any image you want painted or even airbrushed/edited/photoshopped, just shoot me an email! Keep in mind: digital painting is a lot more expensive than simple photoshopping or colour-grading.
Custom brushes I use:
My Brush Pack by `adonihs
Texture Brushes by *AlectorFencer
Skin Texture Photoshop Brushes by ~KeepWaiting
Smoke and Clouds Brush by *Wen-JR
.:My Brushes 4:. by ~concept-on-mac
Photoshop Pencil Brush by *Andantonius
My Brush Set + Pore Brushes by `Rahll
My Painty Paint Brush Set by *dierat
Kyle's Ultimate Brush Set by Kyle T Webster ($)
Alternatively, you can download three free brushes from the Misc section of my gallery here.
Interested in a commissioned portrait? Want to just say hi? Send me a message below :)