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Exploring Digital Painting

Baby Boy in Pajamas : Digital Portrait
Baby Boy in Pajamas : Digital Portrait
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Well, my digital studio has finally arrived a couple of days ago. And, I'm really, really loving it. It makes me wonder what took me so long to take the leap.

Unfortunately, I'm absolutely swamped with work - so I haven't played with it much yet. I did a few doodles here and there. And today, I tried out the free painting software called Artrage (found via Graphics @ About.com). I'm also checking out Adobe Photoshop Elements 2 and Corel Painter Essentials. If I haven't got deadlines and a massive workload --- I'll be in digital painting heaven!

Anyway, the piece you see here is just a quick digital portrait of my son using my brand new Wacom Graphire 3 with Artrage. I'm not really a portrait kind of painter. But, it's fun to give it a go now and then. Anyway, it's digital mixed media (paint/pastel-blending/pencil) - using a course canvas as ground. Nothing earth shattering - but 'am happy to be able to paint again without worrying about setting up, waiting for the paint to dry, and cleaning up. I'm sure I will still be painting using "the real stuff" - but I'm glad I've found digital painting as well.

About the Author Shai Coggins (MTeach, MSoc Sci App Psych)

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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