Bon Appétit!

I did this way back on my 1st generation iPad when they first came out. If I recall correctly, I started this while waiting around in a parking lot. I never bothered to finish it. I think the only reason I did this was to try out an art app.

Anyway, it’s not a new doodle by any means, but I don’t think I’ve shared it here yet.

Bon appétit!

Bon Appétit!

Cooking With Oil

I haven’t oil painted in years. It’s not that I don’t want to. It’s just that in this digital age, clients have no problem asking me to make revisions which would otherwise be impossible if I were executing a project in oil paints. Once a painting is done, it’s done. If a client asked me to make a major revision, I’d have to start completely over.

chef cookOh, sure, I could get the client to approve a design before I begin the actual painting, which is how I used to work. However, clients seem to believe that they can still ask for revisions even after they’ve approved a design. That’s because they’ve become used to the ease by which changes can now be made to an existing image. Of course, that assumes the image was digitally created in the first place. I suppose I could always scan a painting and come back and edit later if changes are necessary, but that leaves me with a physical painting that, in my mind, no longer represents the finished work.

Another aspect of no longer working in traditional media is that I no longer have original artwork to hang. Although, because I still begin a digital painting by creating the drawing on paper, I do have an original drawing, but that’s not as nice as having a painting. So that’s a big drawback of digital art, in my mind.

In any case, the particular oil painting (sans the added verbiage) which you see in this post hangs in our kitchen. I didn’t create it for a client. I painted it with the intent of creating a series of caricature paintings to try to sell through a gallery. I only managed to finish three before I had to move on to other projects, so now two of them just hang in our home. I’d like to eventually get back to oil painting some day, even if it’s just for my own pleasure.

So how many of you still create your commercial work in traditional paint media? Anyone?

Why Illustrate On An iPad?

No, seriously. Why should anyone illustrate on an iPad? They’ve yet to make a proper stylus that doesn’t look and function like the blunt end of an amputee’s appendage. And without one of those all-but-useless styluses (styli?), illustrating on an iPad is literally as primitive as finger-painting.

When I first got the iPad, it wasn’t long before I was looking for an art program. It also wasn’t long before there were a number of such programs from which to choose. In the world of cheap (and often free) apps, some of these paint programs are on the higher end of the price scale. However, once we step back and see what a deal mobile apps really are, we can stop being cheapskates and try out a few of these programs.

My intent here is not to review mobile art programs. I only wanted to show a color sketch I began on my iPad, but never completed. Just from looking a this, incomplete as it is, you can see that the iPad has real potential as an art tool. If only they would create a serious stylus with which to draw and paint. In the meantime, I’ll eventually finish this on my desktop computer.

So how many of you use your iPad to create finished art? Or how many of you, like myself, are holding out for a good stylus?