Sunday, November 29, 2009

What's New

It's been an exciting month for JZ Artworks! The studio has finally been painted! I absolutely love the new atmosphere of my workspace. Previously, the room was completely a pinky-beige color (from the trim, to the walls to the ceiling....) Now, the walls are a beautiful light lilac color, with a deeper grape color under the chair-rail. The walls are light enough not to affect the colors of any paintings-in-process, but still feels calm and creative.

Also this month I decided that it was time to begin to learn to create my artwork digitally. Now, I have no plans on saying "goodbye" to watercolor, but I do want to make sure that my skill set does not become obsolete in the future. Technology is not going away, and I was to make sure that my style is adaptable so that I can stay competitive in this industry. So, JZ Artworks bought me an early Christmas gift: a Wacom Cintiq. My previous tablet was old and very small, and was cramping my hands with prolonged use. When I priced the size tablet that I wanted, it was about the same price the coveted Cintiq, so financially, it made sense to get the better tablet. All I can say is that this is a very powerful tool. It takes come getting used to, but I really enjoy being able to draw directly on the screen. I've experimented with some brushes and have been gravitating to a few favorites. I am a long way from being able to call myself a true professional digital artist, but I am feeling pretty good about how my experiments are going. Also, editing my traditional artwork in Photoshop has become easier due to this tool.

Here are some of my experiments:
This first image is a close up of a section of a watercolor illustration I have done.
This next image is that same sketch, but with the girl and the dog colored digitally (the background is obviously not complete).Currently, I feel that my traditional work has more energy in the color, but I do like how clean the details of the digital experiment are turning out, especially around the eyes and in the hair. Your opinions are of course welcome! Well, I have several projects in the works right now, so I have to get back to my art desk. Happy Thanksgiving weekend, everyone!


Josh Cleland said...

I think your digital style is coming along! You should try mixing digital with traditional mediums. Splash some traditional watercolor washes down, scan them in, and use them to experiment with photoshop textures and brushes. That's what I'm doing currently, and am having fun with it! It's a great way to continue the traditional medium. It also prevents the method from getting too sterile and not fun (something that happens to a lot of digital medium converts).

Jennifer Zivoin said...

Thanks for the advice, Josh! Mixing traditional and digital sounds like a great approach. Good luck with your own experimenting as well!

Eugenio Enrique said...

Awesome studio! and beautiful results in your experiments, so much lovely, as always!

Jannie aka Chickengirl said...

Really interesting to see the traditional and digital side by side. I want a cintiq too!!! The studio looks fab!