A couple of years ago I made a painting of the Royal Lymington Yacht Club for the cover of the members’ handbook.
It’s a somewhat sketchy acrylic painting, but that was always my (lazy) style of working. Put it down to impatience; or perhaps the endless faff involved with cleaning brushes, mixing paint and everything else to do with painting.
My oil paintings were more detailed, but there’s even more hassle involved with oil painting – involving lots of turps and associated smells. If only there was a way of painting without the mess…
So last year, I bought an iPad Pro and Apple ‘Pencil’ with the primary goal of creating digital paintings. After a few stuttering attempts using Apples Procreate, I knuckled down and got used to the new workflow – the digital painting of the club is shown below. The new medium forced me to be more accurate; and I’m pretty pleased with the result.
There are pros and cons to digital painting – and probably the biggest con is that you don’t get a finished original to hang on the wall – but you do get a nice high resolution image with which to make a print. A significant pro is that you can create a time-lapse video of the whole process (video below).