Digital Painting

Suzanne uses a process called “digital painting” to create her artwork . . .

Digital paintings are made using a Wacom tablet and stylus, linked to my computer with a digital painting application.  I can tell the tablet to “be” any kind of surface I want: canvas, watercolour paper, wet, dry, etc., to get the texture. I tell the stylus to “be” whatever brush I want to use: round, flat, angled; how long the bristles are and how many there are; the size, how much “paint” it has on it, how much that mixes with the “paint” already down, how much texture shows. I start with a reference photo, or photos, and paint on top of it in layers. First is a wash or blocking layer, using the colours in the photo, that obliterates the original photo, replacing it with the look of a blocking-out on canvas. I continue to go back to the photo to reference lines, or to  “dip into” the colours, working from the background up to the foreground in layers,  just like you would with paint on canvas. I can also use my own colours to paint out something I don’t want, or to paint in something I do want. As I go along, if I don’t like something, I can erase it, or go back in time, or eliminate a whole layer. It’s very cool! I don’t have to take time to mix paints, clean brushes or prime a canvas.