With all the apps for mobile devices and software available to draw, paint or editing photos which several are free, it is easier than ever for traditional painters to use these tools and integrate them into their creative process.
Test and visualization
There are artists who take digital photos of their paintings in the course of production and test, using software or app, various ways to make them evolve. That helps them to visualize what would look like their paintings with an additional glaze or if they add a contrasted color for example. They can then take back their brushes and continue to paint with more confidence.
Fast exploration or as a reference image
Other artists use digital technology to quickly explore various options of composition or new colors, while there are those who use the digital to crop and edit a photo and use the result as a reference image for a painting.
Mixing both together
There are also all the artworks born of a mixture of digital and more traditional paintings. I think of painting techniques involving photo collages, image transfers as well as the one I used for my digital series of hybrid paintings involving the transformation of traditional paintings into digital artworks.
For my part, I constantly see how my digital works enriched my traditional paintings and the other way around. Sometimes the influence is obvious, other times it is more subtle.
Take the example of my digital hybrid paintings from the end of 2015. In that series, I gradually used more and more white in my paintings. Several months later, I subconsciously do something similar to my oil and cold wax paintings. Experience with digital enabled me to paint more boldly and spontaneously with these mediums.
Regarding the paintings
Both digital paintings illustrating this post are taken from my new series entitled “D’un souffle à l’autre” (From a breath to another). They were born from my desire to experiment with geometric shapes. I feel more at ease to use the digital medium to explore something totally different. Are these experiments will have a visible impact on my future oil or acrylic paintings? I do not know for now. We’ll see!
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