Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Digital Art and The Red Pony

"The Red Pony"
8" x 9" Digital Painting

2006


I've enjoyed reading Art Paw's blog posts this week about Digital Art and how often times it is not considered "real art". Those who think that have probably never attempted to paint digitally and just don't understand enough about it. For myself...it allows me to achieve things artistically that I can't achieve otherwise.

I have always loved digital art and consider it to be an extremely important and overlooked medium. I gained a real appreciation for it when I worked as a Digital Painter for LucasFilm many years ago; painting color and texture onto 3D creatures and objects. Before Abby Creek Studios came into being...my first business here in Colorado was named "Digital Images". I digitally restored and manipulated photographs and created digital fine art pieces.

Some recent exciting news is that the above digital painting, "The Red Pony" was recently selected for possible inclusion in the next issue of the Steinbeck Review...a bi-annual journal that explores the life and works of John Steinbeck; possible inclusion meaning that the Editorial Board is still in the review process for the May publication. Mike Meyer, a Steinbeck Scholar had seen "The Red Pony" on EBSQart.com and asked to interview me. I'm hoping it's a go...I'll keep ya posted!

So thanks, Rebecca...for bringing this issue to light again and for doing the incredible digital work that you do. And check out Rebecca's post today for a list of some of her favorite Digital Artists.

Digital Art rocks!

"Enunciation"
6.5" x 9" Digital Painting
2003

15 comments:

Melissa & Emmitt said...

Hi Linda!
Your digital paintings are amazing! How exciting about the Steinbeck Review! I love how they found you.
The scope of your work is so wonderful and inspiring. Everytime you show a piece of your work, I just take a deep breath and say WOW!
XO

Rebecca said...

Linda- I love the red horse and the Enunciation! Great work. I do remember you as "Digital Images", and wow that seems like a decade ago. I guess we have both been at this web-biz thing for a decade now. I have always been amazed at your ability to take your business and rename, and redefine your entire business model. That was a very brave thing to do. Back then I think that I remember you had your acrylic & oil paintings shown on that site, but they were not the main focus.
Thanks so much for the blog plug today!

Jonna said...

I love the red pony. I'm looking into taking some graphic design classes which I'm hoping to start some digital work. Looks like fun.

Manon Doyle said...

I hope you are included in the Steinbeck Review because "The Red Pony" is amazing.
I've tried to play around with a digital program and it is very hard. You do incredible work!

Donna said...

Wow, the digital paintings are great! It's amazing what you can do with that. Hope it works out with the Steinbeck Review ~ good luck to you.
Hugs,
Donna

LINDSAY said...

These are two awesome pieces! Do you do this with photoshop? I so so so want to learn. Congrats on the possible feature!

Sandy said...

Linda, wow!!! That red pony is awesome...and love "Enunciation" also.

Wonderful.

sandy

Shari said...

Oh my gosh, Linda! Congratulations on even being CONSIDERED for that publication. "The Red Pony" is so cool. I couldn't even tell you on the computer screen where the digital art begins and ends. And I didn't know you had that strong of a background in all things digital... although I should have guessed, computer wiz! Love this post. Hugs, Shari

Trijnie said...

very impressive, wish I had the knowledge to do that.
Wonderful realy

keeper of the chocolates said...

wow. i love digital art too...:) what beautiful images..both of them ...
hugs
shelbi

Michele Maule said...

Hey Linda!
I must admit that I was never a fan of digital art until I took a digital photography class.

It is much more difficult than I would have thought, and I now have a whole new appreciation for it.

Great job with the Red Pony! It looks awesome!!

lizzyl said...

congratulations! the red pony is beautiful. i wish i knew how to do this--one more thing on my list of things to learn! :)

Neda said...

Like the Zen Buddhist in your earlier post, I bow my head in awe of your artistry, digital and otherwise. I am floored. Literally.

Congratulations of that upcoming publication. I know you WILL be selected!!!

cowbelly said...

wow, enunciation is amazing. that takes TRUE talent!

digital art is fabulous if for no other reason than it spares picky, prissy and impatient people like me from a) getting their hands dirty while creating their art (I even wear rubber gloves when painting the walls in my house) and b) avoiding any prep or cleanup work (my impatience leads to dried up brushes every time, lol)

Thanks for the article Linda!

Moira said...

Linda - wonderful digital work. Congratulations on your consideration for publication. I absolutely love Brisbane too!