How do I paint?
To begin with it helps to be able to draw. Lots of practice visualising lots of different things has developed my skills in this area.
Many artworks are painted using artists acrylic paint. I may paint on smooth board or on canvas. I usually start out with a sketch to work out composition then paint large areas of background or blocks of colour before refining it layer on layer.
Digital works are done in a similar way, sketches then refining the idea.
I use a few digital paint programs. I have used Photoshop but also use Gimp and others too.
I generally keep to only a handful of layers and may occasionally do a piece all as one layer.
Where do the ideas come from?
Sometimes doodles look like things and I ‘work them up’, other times I want to try an effect or a colour palette and other times it might be photos or other artists that inspire me. There is no one source I am afraid.
Why do I paint?
I like creating images and imagining things or showing how something might look in a given situation. Partly its also the challenge of working out how to get to the finished artwork.