Alex Bearne returns for his third guest blogger column and gives us his opinion on Digital vs traditional painting…
Painting on a tablet is of course a different experience to painting on a canvas for some obvious reasons. Firstly, you are touching a screen with a stylus or finger and the paint is not raised as it would be on canvas. Secondly, you can buy a huge canvas which in turn gives you the advantage of having a larger field to play with, although once your brain has adjusted to the tablet screen this doesn’t really matter as you can zoom in to over 1000% to achieve great detail and you can have your work printed in various sizes.
You can replicate the feel of the traditional brush with the Sensu brush which possesses hair taper just like a traditional brush and also functions as a standard stylus.
The appeal of painting on the iPad extends further as there are no messy paints and having to constantly clean your brush. There is an ease and speed about putting colour down on the digital canvas that is very satisfying.
Artrage is an app that replicates oil paint very well and gives you the ability to adjust the thickness and opacity of paint, including the amount of paint on the brush and how far the stroke travels until the paint runs thin as you would expect to see with a traditional paint stroke. A glass of clean water pops up in between colour selections, which allows you to manually clean the brush if you wish to do so. This icon can be turned off and an auto clean turned on for convenience.
There is an ease and speed about putting colour down on the digital canvas that is very satisfying.
As with traditional paints, there is an unbelievable colour range accessible by a colour wheel which allows you to select the desired colour and tone of colour. Mixing paints feels like being a child again, blue and red together makes purple etc.
When it comes to printing your artwork, there is a general rule to retaining the quality of the image and that is to resize the image to the size you would like to print at, this can be done using software like Perfect Resize. The majority of artwork needs to be saved at 300 dpi (dots per inch) for printing. If these rules are applied the painting should not suffer with pixelation issues.
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