I prefer to use painting and other traditional media for illustration work.  While there are very few paintings in my portfolio, paints and dyes are used in nearly ALL of my color illustration. My preferred technique is to build the drawing with waterproof ink, and then add color with transparent watercolor. The computer should be a tool — and not a starting point — for creative work.

Traditional Media Can Produce Greater Depth

While all illustration is delivered in digital form for print and electronic media, it doesn’t always originate in the computer. Even when wielded by a professional artist, a computer can yield mechanical, “sterile”-looking images. It’s perfect for mechanical and technical subjects, but less desirable for rendering such things as nature subjects, animals or characters. Traditional art materials provide a depth of detail and “organic” texture not found in much computer-generated art. We’ve seen stunning results in large-format printing of hand-drawn or painted art, used to create mural-sized works. The textures are captured in high-resolution scans and magnified by an enormous degree.

The painting and traditional media I use most often are:

  • Watercolors, Dyes and Colored Inks
  • Pencil
  • Pen and Ink
  • Charcoal and Pastels
  • Oil and Acrylic Paint
  • Colored Pencil

From the late 1800s through the mid-20th century, there was not a clear division between fine art and commercial illustration other than the end-use of the art. All artists were trained in classical subjects and techniques including figure drawing, color theory, composition, perspective, and traditional media. Many works from the Illustrators of this “Golden Age of Illustration” now hang in our art museums. Original drawings and paintings have a lasting value similar to portraits and privately-commissioned artwork. Since I was trained with a Fine Arts background, I too learned to draw and paint before moving on to master other techniques.

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