Older Digital Painting – Part 2

Continuing the review of my older work digital painting work. I have been surprised already how useful this has been – reminding myself of some good work done previously as well as many lessons learnt and then forgotten.

digital painting of Josie sitting

104 Digital Painting of Josie sitting

This was an attempt to a digital painting focussing on tonal work. I wanted to simplify things a little and just play with tone and texture. In the end I think there are some nice elements of painting interacting with the texture, but I am not sure that overall it doesn’t just look very much like the texture is embossed again. Some bits were photo cloned back in, and ultimately look a bit clumsy. Too much of a different language I think.

digital painting of Josie with flower

106 Digital Painting of Josie holding flowers

A bit like the earlier flowers painting in the previous post, some of the drawing doesn’t sit well – too crisp and not a consistent language, but there are a few bits where the tools are starting to react better with the texture. I think that a consistent theme that is emerging is the balance of drawing versus texture. The stronger the texture the less detailed the drawing can be, or at least the harder it becomes to impose the drawing effectively. Also feeling that there isn’t enough abstract elements here.

digital painting of Josie standing on mirror

107 Digital Painting of Josie reflected in the mirror

This ended up being one of a number of sketches based on this pose. I really like the long format – created from multiple photos stitched together. The tools and the textures are starting to work more effectively I think.

Digital Painting of Josie sitting with flowers

108 Josie sitting with flowers

It is a bit of a cheesy theme for a #digitalPainting I will grant you, but again wanted to play with level of detail and balance of texture. I think some of the abstract work is quite nice and some of the looser painting like the little pictures in the background is quite effective. I do like my mirrors but here I don’t think the reflection of the face works.


Older Digital Painting – Part 1

I thought I would go back and review all the digital painting #digitalPainting work I have done over the last couple of years and do a little bit of introspection. Have I learned anything or made progress? Did I achieve what I was trying to do? Are there good ideas that I have subsequently lost again? All part of the learning process. Of course, your thoughts are most welcome too …

digital painting 1

Drawing 100 – A digital painting  in Comic page style

The first one, above was an attempt to think about a digital painting using traditional painting techniques, but in a comic book style. Looking back at this, although I didn’t get very far, I like the idea, and it fits with my theme that I did for an end-of-year show about telling the story of working with a model. I like some of the colours that were starting to come through – the blues and browns and pinks working nicely together. As in many of the earlier works, the texture does start to “fight” a bit with the image.

digital painting of flowers

Drawing 101 – A digital painting of flowers

Some nice colours, particularly in the greys, but feels a little disconnected between foreground and background. Drawing is too sharp in the wrong areas (e.g. dark leaf in background)

digital painting of shower

102 Digital Painting of Josie in the shower

Although she was just washing herself I liked the edgy eroticism of this one. I like some of the colours, particularly in the body, although I think the form has been lost a lot. Some of the edge work is a little too sharp in the worng places, but overall there is a better sense of the painting and the texture both existing. Funny how looking back stuff seems better than you remember :-)

digital painting of Josie in mirror

103 – Digital Painting of Josie in the mirror

Based on the last one, I think I decided to do a bit more with the drawing (tracing) which has worked in some ways, but I think has too much sharp defined edges for what I am trying to do. Also struggling with the sense of scale between the details (e.g. fingers and toes) versus the texture scale. Also the texture looks a little more embossed and it doesn’t look like the digital tools have interacted with it at all. I do still like the theatrical two point lighting – good form reveal and makes for interesting shapes. Still a strong part of my work.

Do let me know what you think – all comments welcome.


Digital Life Drawing on iPad

3 hours of digital Life Drawing and #digitalPainting compressed  into 90 seconds. (Or maybe I just work this fast :-) )

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Digital Life Drawing on the iPad

Having been working on the PC recently to do more digital texture work, which is making good progress thanks to upgrading to Corel X13, I though I would go back and do a little digital life drawing on the #iPad and see whether it could still fit into the workflow or not.

So far things are looking positive

Working Method

I started with a scanned texture, but this time spent a lot more time working on creating the initial background image working purely digitally to get:

starting background image for digital life drawing iPad work

starting background image for digital life drawing iPad work

The digital tools now allow me to work with the texture digitally as well as simply painting using it:

background image for digital life drawing iPad work

background image for digital life drawing iPad work

Digital Life Drawing Results

This is the result after 3 hours work.

Digital life drawing created on iPad with PreCreate and Jot touch 4

Digital life drawing created on iPad with PreCreate and Jot touch 4

The next steps will be to work on this on the PC to bring back the texture & play around with it. The pose will be repeated this weekend, so I may well continue working on it too. I will post that later, but let me know what you think. Do you like the little videos? happy to do more …

Today’s Digital Painting of Fingers and Toes

digital painting of hands and feet

Digital Painting of Hands and Feet

For today’s digital painting I wanted to change the perspective and do a more close up image. The idea was to allow me to try and get a better blend of abstract and detail work. I think this is a little soft on the drawing (didn’t do any pre-drawing for this one, but overall, reasonably pleased with it.

I think the next step will be to start the next digital painting with a purely abstract background and build it up from there.

Do let me know what you think – I always appreciate the comments.

Cockenzie Power Station

Went for a walk down the beach yesterday and took a few shots with the new camera. Decided to have a play with a landscape image. still work in progress. The original image



Started with some abstract work:



A couple of hours work:



Not getting enough texture into it, so starting to work more heavily into the bottom part:



Let me know what you think


Drawing Courses Now Available

The Basement Picasso Basic Drawing Course and Intermediate drawing course are now available. The Intermediate drawing course includes 16 videos to go along with the PDF, all of which have been made available for free. I hope you enjoy, and please feel free to send the link on to your friends.

Some older charcoal drawings

Just wanted to test the gallery function

Older charcoal drawings


Course material now available

image from course

I have now started to add the material to the Learn to Draw section of the site to provide some course material for free. This has the PDF’s pdf available and the first video tutorial as well. I will post the other ones shortly. These are all free, however if you would like to assist with the project, your contribution would be greatly appreciated.

Just the start

I have decided to put Basement Picasso back online. In the coming weeks I will be adding my artwork, blogging about the work that I am currently doing at Leith School of Art, publishing some older art course material for free and more. Looking forward to getting this going.