Pointillist painting in progress

by guest bloggers Catherine Kirkland and Catharine Deever

The two traditionally made and digitally created artwork provide benefits to artists and collectors.


Pointillist painting

“Organic Complexity” blended media on canvas, 24″ x 24″ by Catherine Kirkland


When 1 is purchasing for artwork to improve a residing or doing the job space, there are many selections. Just one of them is standard art—original performs made by hand with typical materials these kinds of as paint and brush. A different solution that is attaining in reputation is digitally produced artwork, built exclusively with program on a personal computer or other machine. How does the collector decide whether or not a single is a superior benefit or a far better development than the other?

The initial consideration is no matter if the artwork connects with the collector on a visual or emotional amount. No matter of how it was created, which is the most vital aspect. Soon after choosing that the work is interesting, the collector could be curious to know much more about the generation approach.

Conventional system

Should really the collector be thinking about a house-themed, pointillist portray by artist Catherine Kirkland, they will be viewing a operate made with acrylic paint on canvas which took months to finish.

Kirkland’s advanced, huge-scale paintings get started by prepping a canvas with gesso. She then draws the structure, primarily based on a sketch or place photograph, onto the canvas with pencil. Additional levels of colour applying brushes variety the underneath-portray. Following the below-painting is finish, Kirkland independently applies painted dots with dowels or other resources to build element, movement, and depth. The concluded portray is a just one-of-a-sort first that is vivid and richly textured, featuring metallic highlights that are not achievable digitally.


Pointillist painting in progress

Kirkland utilizes a bamboo skewer to generate dots in a pointillist portray.


Kirkland operates with standard resources these as brushes and portray knives as nicely as unconventional ones like dowels, skewers, forks and spoons. She also employs a specialist imaging support to generate superior-resolution digital pictures of her completed paintings. As the artist, she retains the legal rights to all reproductions from these graphic files. She may perhaps then license people photos to many others. Or she could use them to develop goods such as archival prints and personalized-printed purchaser products and solutions, as perfectly as animations for show on corporate screens.

Digital method

By comparison, a collector may well take into consideration the obtain of a digitally developed artwork. They could harbor the misconception that it was designed entirely by application, without the eye and creativeness of an artist at the controls. This of system is not the scenario. Electronic art generation is a intricate, artist-driven, fingers-on approach. It needs proficiency with application and a functioning know-how of gadgets these kinds of as a tablet and stylus in lieu of paint and canvas.

Electronic artist Catharine Deever credits the use of advancing engineering and emerging digital instruments to much better provide her clientele. This gives pace, simplicity and the comfort of technological innovation. She is ready to sync her clients’ vision and their wants with the development of the ultimate artwork.


digital painting "'waves against the cliff"

“Waves In opposition to the Cliff” electronic portray by Catharine Deever


Developing a 1-of-a-form or aspect of a constrained-version digital artwork requires various instruments. Deever’s electronic pictures are dependent on photos that she or a proficient relatives photographer have taken. She hundreds them into each Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter. Then she manipulates strains in Photoshop and experiments with color employing Corel Painter.

Utilizing each software equipment, she adjusts opacity and shade saturation, then refines shades, integrates/blends levels, and focuses light. Scores of variations are developed ahead of the closing perform is completed.

She crops the picture, saturates the colour, and alters electronic dimensions. These determinations are primarily based on the objective for the digital artwork. It could be released as a mass-marketplace product or built-in into a customer item these types of as apparel, bedding, tech products, baggage, and so forth. Or it may perhaps be marketed as a one piece of wall artwork, signed by the artist.

Digital resources make it hassle-free for customers to see drafts swiftly. It lets them to present feedback far more specially, irrespective of their geographic spot. The place in which the artwork will be put is quickly negotiated, with much less fees and amplified relieve.


Digital painting "Autumn Bridge"

“Autumn Bridge” electronic painting by Catharine Deever


What’s the difference to the customer?

Regardless of how an graphic is created, aspects and ideas of art utilize to each digital and the regular works. Color, composition, scale, rhythm, texture, and distinction are important in generating a good quality perform of art. A experienced artist, regardless of whether electronic or conventional, will fully grasp these aesthetic aspects and include them.

Kirkland believes common artists offer you shoppers the option to very own a textured, tangible, one-only piece of artwork, designed by the hand of an artist. The collector is familiar with there are no other identical pieces and can consider pride in the ownership of one of a kind do the job.

Deever is grateful for the electronic resources that offer her consumers a broader collection of visible wonder and delight in the two their private and perform spaces. Her equipment make it possible for her, the news media, establishments, and communities to not only see and operate outside the box—it liberates them from the box altogether.

Both equally Kirkland and Deever believe that artists should really use the resources that get the job done very best for them, and that clientele must fill their environments with all those visuals that finest inspire them.

Is electronic art better than customarily designed artwork? The subjective response to that dilemma is in the eye of the beholder and the collector.


About the Authors:

During her imaginative job as an artwork director, graphic designer, and manufacturing supervisor, Catherine Kirkland embraced and bridged the changeover from conventionally created graphic styles and print components, into computer graphics, output and distribution. She is regarded regionally as a pointillist painter who creates room-influenced works in acrylic on canvas.

Pursuing a prosperous career in administration, schooling and advocacy, electronic artist Catharine Deever has been pursuing her passion. She produces landscape and abstract compositions by means of modifying and manipulating digital photography.



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