Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Into the Sun: My Painting for the Doggie Wonderland Show

Into the Sun by Nicole Piar media: digital painting 
I was so delighted to be invited by Hana Kim of Suphacute to be part of the Doggie Wonderland show at Leanna Lin's Wonderland. However, I was presented with the challenge of drawing a dog. I have drawn many many cats, birds, fish, and owls but very few dogs. I just didn't know how to connect with them. Then, I thought of the absolute sense of freedom, exhilaration, and contentment of a dog running full throttle. Now that is a feeling that speaks to me and I wanted to capture it in my piece for the show.

Here is the original pencil sketch that I drew and then scanned in. It was a loose sketch to give me the feel of characters.
I don't often paint digitally because I love the way real paint feels. The tactile and sensory experience of painting is so seductive to me but I was feeling called to try something new. Some fellow artists suggested these amazing photoshop brushes from Kyle T Webster. These brushes have a very natural feel. They are very pressure-sensitive giving you beautiful thick/thin lines and some of them have lovely organic textures. It was so much fun to experiment.

Work-in-Progress Here I begin to paint digitally right over the pencil sketch.
I decided to move the dark decorative shapes and branches to the bottom in the final piece to create a more open composition. I really wanted the girl to feel like she was traveling swiftly into the light without any obstacles. Another great thing about digital work is that you can make changes like this super fast. Sometimes, I will even work out a composition and color study in photoshop before going to my paints. 

Doggie Wonderland Show: Postcard Art by Joey Chou
My piece Into the Sun will be available as a framed Archival Fine Art Print in the Doggie Wonderland show for $30. This is an art benefit for the Ken-Mar Rescue. So you can get some really lovely, playful, and fun art and help a sweet abandoned doggie. After the show, I will also be selling prints of this piece in my Etsy Shop. If you would like to buy this piece, please inquire at Leanna Lin's Wonderland

Doggie Wonderland opens on May 10 (reception 6-9pm) and runs until June 29th. If you are in the Los Angeles area, come by for a visit. Here are some more lovely pieces by my fellow artists that will be in this show.

Yumiko Kayukawa
Allison Koberstein

Andrea Kang


Luli Bunny

Ann Shen






1 comment:

jan blount said...

Wow@ Ghostkitten, I would never have guessed this piece had been done solely digitally. Going to have to check out those brushes. They do look fun.

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