About a month ago I was commissioned to make a painting of a beautiful mermaid for the space above my client's elegant bathtub. I began working on sketches immediately. I was so excited to combine my favorite things to paint - beautiful women in a fantastical setting.
Throughout the process of working on my mermaid commission I became really inspired by the practice drawings and began adding pops of color through Photoshop to the images. This is something that I used to consider to be a big "no-no" in my art world. I felt that digitally altering something meant that it wasn't quite as real as if I made the painting with my hands instead of a mouse. But now I'm not so sure. I think it opens up a whole new style that I should explore further before making any more extreme judgments. Here's some of the images I've made so far:
After creating those images ^ , I thought how interesting it would be to combine my abstract paintings with my mermaid. And I came up with the image below that involves the image of my painting "Peaches and Cream" to the left! I'm really excited about where this series is going.
What are your thoughts? I'd love for you to comment below how you feel about this series! Or how you feel about digital art - do you think it's as interesting or as "legitimate" as fine art? Is one better than the other in your eyes? Do you think the practices of painting and digitally altering should or should not be combined?
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