Intuos 4 & Photoshop CS6
11″ x 16″
This digital painting was taken from reference I had selected from a photo shoot I had done with Jen LeGrand in 2011 in South Florida. This was one of my very first attempts at a completely digital painting process using Photoshop and a Wacom tablet. Probably the best part of working digitally in layers is the fact that I can go back and rework things as many times as I want without having to worry about destroying the working surface. I can’t sand too deep, rip the fibres of the board, pierce the canvas or accidentally spill paint all over the place. I don’t need to put down smudge mats to rest my hand on as I draw or worry about layers of chemistry not getting along and refusing to play nice with each other. Granted it’s a much cleaner and compact work environment, it’s not to say that working digitally isn’t without it’s drawbacks or own sets of challenges. Any one who has worked with a computer knows this. Instead of any physical damage to the surface I may be working on, I have to worry about making sure there are backups upon backups so that the file can be available should there be any file corruption, accidental flattening or unexpected hard drive failures. You can never be too careful with digital files and that is why I now have 3 onsite redundant backups and 1 offsite backup of all my files at all times. That’s a lot of 0’s and 1’s.