Lotti Brown Designs

-- Artist & Designer - Author & Teacher of Drawing Your Way --

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Joyful Blooming - New Art Collection

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I love looking at and drawing flowers - the delicacy, the colours, their beauty and their energy to bloom and shine.

Drawing flowers

Drawing flowers

But, for me, my Joyful Blooming collection also has a much more personal resonance...

Joyful Blooming art collection - floral art

Joyful Blooming art collection - floral art

It's about when we come into our own, having the confidence to bloom in our own true colours and with all our energy - for ourselves and for others - being the best we can be, even if we're perhaps not as tall as some others, as bright, as strong, or as beautiful...

And trusting that we can share something of what makes us uniquely beautiful in our own way, so that this might inspire joy to others and even to ourselves.

Hollyhocks art print by Lotti Brown

Hollyhocks art print by Lotti Brown

It's taken me so long to feel able to start to grow as myself and to bloom.

I've also had to learn to prioritise my own self care so that I can use my precious energies for my blooming…

Making self care important isn't about standing alone but in finding those places where you can flourish and bloom together, like a beautiful garden.

Beautiful flowers, all different, enrich our lives

Beautiful flowers, all different, enrich our lives

It's a personal journey for us all, but everyone benefits when we each bloom in our own special way. 

Creating this collection has actually required far more deep soul searching than I would ever have imagined)... and I thought it was just going to be all about pretty flowers!!

Flower art 'Joyful Blooming' collection by Lotti Brown

Flower art 'Joyful Blooming' collection by Lotti Brown

Ultimately, I've learned that the blooming requires a quiet time, a fallow time, a growing, a nurturing, maturing, recovery and recuperation, and an acceptance of the quiet of not-blooming, just as much as the confidence to 'just bloom'.

Wisterian art by Lotti Brown

Wisterian art by Lotti Brown

Flowers seem all the more precious to me now, and I see in them a reflection of our human nature and our potential to shine, bloom, and share love and joy...

You can see more of my Joyful Blooming collection in my store here...

New Art in Store

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Just to announce that I've new art in store today...

Joyful Blooming floral art collection by Lotti Brown

Joyful Blooming floral art collection by Lotti Brown

My 'Joyful Blooming' flower art collection is vibrant, beautiful and filled with all your favourite florals to inspire you with joy...

Colourful flower art 'Joyful Blooming' art collection by Lotti Brown

Colourful flower art 'Joyful Blooming' art collection by Lotti Brown

'The Dandy Rabbit' Artwork - Behind the Scenes

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Colourful spring 'Dandy Rabbit' art print by Lotti Brown - full of the joy and hope of springtime.

The Dandy Rabbit art print - colourful bunny art with blue skies and flowers

The Dandy Rabbit art print - colourful bunny art with blue skies and flowers

Sweet bunny art full of the joys of Spring with blue skies, dandelions and daisies - gorgeous colours and detailed linework.

The fields and gardens around our village are full of sweet bunnies. I love to see the rabbits, especially the babies in spring. Luckily, my dog doesn't seem too interested in them (I know... surprising, yes?) so I can enjoy watching their little bunny hops around the fields and hedgerows.

I gave my lovely dandy rabbit delicious daises and dandelions to eat and enjoy! :)

Colourful detail from my rabbit artwork with spring flowers and blue skies

Colourful detail from my rabbit artwork with spring flowers and blue skies

Here's how I created my rabbit artwork from my pen and ink drawings and on the computer...

Behind the Scenes of my Rabbit Art

Click on any of the images to see it larger and find out more about the process...

'The Dandy Rabbit art - completed artwork - colourful and joyful springtime artwork

'The Dandy Rabbit art - completed artwork - colourful and joyful springtime artwork

This is a nature artwork full of the joyful colours of spring for me - it feels fresh, vibrant and full of the gentleness of the sweet bunny and the new hope that every spring brings us...

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It’s also available as cushions, bags, duvet covers, notebooks and more here…

You can look through more of my nature and wildlife art here...

All intellectual property rights in my designs and products (and in the images, text and design of this website) are and will remain the property of Charlotte Brown. Any infringement of these rights will be pursued seriously.

New Nature and Wildlife Collection

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My new wildlife and nature art collection has now launched in the store... for all who love to connect with nature...

Ferny Fox art print

Ferny Fox art print

I will be bringing you further detail and behind-the-scenes looks at all the artworks in this collection over the coming weeks - stay tuned... 

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Free Printable Art Print

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To celebrate the upcoming launch of my new art collection later this week, I'm happy to bring you an arty gift to brighten up your life...

Free 'Hare and Poppy' art print when you sign up for my email newsletter

Free 'Hare and Poppy' art print when you sign up for my email newsletter

You can get a free printable art print of my 'Hare and Poppy' artwork (A4 size, jpg format) when you sign up to my email newsletter for news, offers and updates.

You will receive the art print as a jpg download. It will print high quality (300dpi) at A4 size (approx 210 x 297mm). So you can print it out yourself on your printer at home. Or better still, get a print shop to do you a high-quality print that you can print up, frame, and enjoy on your wall at home.

Detail from the artwork

Detail from the artwork

If you're already an email subscriber, don't worry. You don't need to sign up again. I will be sending the link to get the art print out to you later this week with the announcement for my new collection launch. Look out for my email in the next day or two!

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All intellectual property rights in my designs and products (and in the images, text and design of this website) are and will remain the property of Charlotte Brown. Any infringement of these rights will be pursued seriously.

Arty Updates

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I wanted to wish you a happy Easter...

Easter primroses

Easter primroses

And to let you know that I'm planning to launch my new nature and wildlife art collection next week...

Easter rabbit - sneak peek from my new collection

Easter rabbit - sneak peek from my new collection

Keep a look out for my new collection next week and sign up to my newsletter so that you don't miss the launch and an exciting gift I've prepared for you...

Horse Art - Behind the Scenes

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Ideal for horse lovers - 'The Horse with the Golden Mane' - colourful and contemporary horse art prints in a vibrant lilac purple...

Horse art by Lotti Brown - 'The Horse with the Golden Mane'

Horse art by Lotti Brown - 'The Horse with the Golden Mane'

When I was a little girl I simply adored horses. I'm scared of heights so I've always found riding them a little bit terrifying, but I love to admire them from the safety of the ground - and this is such a handsome black and white horse with a stunning golden mane...

In this piece, I wanted to celebrate the beauty of this majestic creature - one of humankind's animal friends for thousands of years. Humans have a very close bond with horses and it's simply wonderful to see people and animals working together.

I showed this very handsome black and white horse against a purple evening sky, which really sets off his beautiful golden mane. Stunning!

Follow along with the images below to see how the art was created...

I use my own ink drawings and put them together digitally to create the final artwork piece.

Click on any of the images below to see a larger version and read the description...

The completed horse artwork - 'The Horse with the Golden Mane' by Lotti Brown

The completed horse artwork - 'The Horse with the Golden Mane' by Lotti Brown

The final horse art print is colourful and contemporary - and very sweet. This horse looks like the sort of horse I would have adored as a child! I could have spent hours brushing that long, flowing mane!

Detail from the horse artwork. Note the subtle blend of colours and slight texture effect in the background.

Detail from the horse artwork. Note the subtle blend of colours and slight texture effect in the background.

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You can get the 'Horse with the Golden Mane' fine art prints in my store

It’s also available on tops, cushions, bags, duvet covers and more here…

Do you want me to create your own custom pet portrait for you? Click here to find out more...

More pet art in my pet art gallery...

All intellectual property rights in my designs and products (and in the images, text and design of this website) are and will remain the property of Charlotte Brown. Any infringement of these rights will be pursued seriously.

Mystical Magpie and Maple - Behind the Scenes of the Artwork

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Beautiful magpie artwork in pinks, golden-yellows, teals, blues and purples... 

Mystical Magpie and Maple artwork by Lotti Brown

I created this magpie artwork to celebrate this special bird that has a bit of a reputation...

One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a girl
Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret never to be told....

Yes - the magpie comes with a reputation... and a rhyme that all schoolchildren knew off by heart in my day...

We used to salute or doff our cap to a single magpie to ward off bad luck...

And if with a companion call out, "Look! A magpie!" Then mutter quickly, "Seen by two, never comes true..."

Perhaps it's just the magpie's reputation for stealing your shiny belongings, which it hides in its nest...?

But more than one magpie was always a thrill to see and seemed to herald good fortune of some kind...

And in many parts of the world - including in China, Korea, Native America, and many parts of Europe - the magpie is a symbol of happiness and good fortune and any sight of a magpie is warmly welcomed...

So it's certain that the magpie does have that special, mystical air that causes so many populations to set him apart from other birds - and the magpie itself is a very intelligent bird - clever, resourceful and a fantastic mimic... no wonder people have always seen the magpie as something very special.

And you can barely see a more striking bird in our British landscape and gardens... large and with a very distinctive stripe - there's no missing such a handsome and dramatic-looking bird.

Detail from the artwork

So my artwork is to celebrate this special bird, it's dramatic look and its mystical reputation, but particularly to see beyond that, too - to see this very intelligent and resourceful bird, that can even recognise and understand its reflection in a mirror - (the only bird and one of very few creatures that can do so). A bird that makes a monogamous bond for life with their partner and can mourn their dead...

No wonder the magpie is recognised across the world as special...!

Behind the Scenes

Take a look at the making of my magpie artwork...

Click on any image to see it full-sized and with extra information about the process...

The completed 'Mystical Magpie and Maple' artwork

The completed 'Mystical Magpie and Maple' artwork

I really love the colours in my magpie artwork - the familiar, striking plumage against the rather unexpected soft pinks and ochre yellows that I hope will inspire you to look beyond the reputations and superstitions of the magpie, and look with respect at the capabilities and nature of this truly remarkable bird itself, instead...

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My magpie art prints are available now in my online store...

The design is also available on cushions, duvet covers, tops, notebooks, journals, mugs and more here…

More British birds art in my Birds & Wildlife Art Gallery, here...

All intellectual property rights in my designs and products (and in the images, text and design of this website) are and will remain the property of Charlotte Brown. Any infringement of these rights will be pursued seriously.

Raven and Oak Artwork - Behind the Scenes

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A mysterious and powerful bird and the king of the trees - my artwork with a dramatic raven in an oak tree...

Raven and Oak, artwork by Lotti Brown

I originally created my raven artwork for a guitar scratchplate idea...

Raven guitar scratchplate

I liked it so much that I decided to create a whole artwork around the raven. I wanted to put this magnificent bird, often connected with myth and legend, into an equally impressive setting, so I chose a splendid oak tree, king of the trees...

Here's how I created the artwork...

I love how the artwork is so bold and bright, as truly befits such a magnificent pairing of bird and tree... full of colour, energy, and life!

The final artwork - Raven and Oak art by Lotti Brown

Detail of Raven and Oak artwork

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Giclee art prints and canvases - please, visit my online store for a selection of giclee art prints and canvases with international delivery available.

You can also buy the design printed onto tops, duvet covers, cushions, bags, mugs and more here…

More about other designs in my bird art collection here...

All intellectual property rights in my designs and products (and in the images, text and design of this website) are and will remain the property of Charlotte Brown. Any infringement of these rights will be pursued seriously.

Partridge in the Hedgerow - Behind the Scenes of an Artwork

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Taking a look behind the scenes of my British birds artwork, inspired by the tiny red-legged partridges that I used to see all the time scurrying around the fields and hiding in the bottoms of hedgerows, near to my home...

I see them far less often these days, which makes catching a glimpse all the more of a treat...

Partridge and Hedgerow, art by Lotti Brown

They are sweet little birds, always in a group, shy and secretive, but so very pretty and with such brightly coloured red legs!

Drawing my partridge and elements to make up the hedgerow...

I wanted to position my little partridge just peeping out of the hedgerow, so once I'd scanned all my drawings into the computer, I started to work digitally with the composition, and then the colours, finally adding background layers for interest.

I want the overall look to be quite green in colour, dark, with a nod towards traditional country art of birds, but with my own modern twist, of course.

The final partridge artwork

Detail of the artwork

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My partridge design is also available on cushions, bags, tops, mugs, notebooks, clocks and more here…

More about other designs in my bird art collection here...

All intellectual property rights in my designs and products (and in the images, text and design of this website) are and will remain the property of Charlotte Brown. Any infringement of these rights will be pursued seriously.

Nuthatch and Fir Artwork - Behind the Scenes

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I'm really pleased with how my Nuthatch and Fir artwork turned out because the sight of this little bird brings back lovely memories...

Nuthatch and Fir

The inspiration for the design was a nuthatch I saw on holiday in Scotland, feeding at a forest bird-hide.

Nuthatch at a forest feeder

Nuthatches are immediately recogniseable as they're the little birds that can run both up and down tree trunks. Clever stuff!

Such beautiful colours, too, so a bird I've definitely been planning on immortalising in artwork!

Pen and ink drawing of a nuthatch

Fir branches, clipped from my garden

Working on the initial composition, digitally

Giving the colours a bit more 'oomph'

Building up background layers

Colours and composition tweaked again for the final artwork

Detail of the artwork

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See my nuthatch art prints and canvases in my online store

My nuthatch design is also available as a cushion, bag, top, notebook and more here…

More about other designs in my bird art collection here...

All intellectual property rights in my designs and products (and in the images, text and design of this website) are and will remain the property of Charlotte Brown. Any infringement of these rights will be pursued seriously.

Blackbird and Ivy Artwork - Behind the Scenes

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Behind the scenes with my beautiful blackbird artwork...

Blackbird and Ivy

I think the blackbird is the king of all the garden birds - so majestic, proud, and extremely territorial, especially at nesting time.

There's many a time when blackbirds have swooped down low over our heads when venturing into the garden to hang washing out - hopefully not intending to peck off our nose (as the famous nursery rhyme might suggest) but just to warn us away from their precious new family.

So I thought I'd give the blackbird a big salute in this artwork, and ask him kindly to stay away from pecking off my nose when I'm out in the garden this Spring...

So here's my tribute to a wonderful bird, proudly sat at the entrance to his nest in the ivy...

I always start out with pen drawings on card...

My blackbird drawing in pen and ink

Intricate ivy drawings (before adding coloured ink)

Creating the composition digitally, from the individual drawings

Adding background layers

Tweaking colours digitally until the blackbird 'sings' to me

The final artwork: Blackbird and Ivy

Detail of the blackbird artwork

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Find this print in my store here...

The design is also available as a cushion, bag, top, notebook, tech/phone case and more here…

See the rest of my bird and nature artworks here...

 

All intellectual property rights in my designs and products (and in the images, text and design of this website) are and will remain the property of Charlotte Brown. Any infringement of these rights will be pursued seriously.

Parakeet Paradise Pattern Collection

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I've gone just a little bit tropical for this Parakeets artwork and accompanying surface pattern design collection: Parakeet Paradise.

Parakeet Paradise pattern collection by Lotti Brown

I wanted to create a dramatic and colourful collection with a tropical feel, perfect for summer style all year round!

I was inspired by some Crocosmia I drew from my own garden. A really easy plant to grow: hardy, and tolerates all kinds of neglect. But it looks so wonderfully tropical!

Tropical crocosmia drawings, from my own garden

I decided to put the flowers with some parakeets, for an exotic jungle feel.

Parakeet drawings

And also some begonia flowers and leaves, drawn from a beautiful houseplant I have in my home.

Tropical look from a common houseplant - begonia drawings

Once I had drawn and coloured the flowers and birds by hand, I scanned them into the computer, and started to create first an artwork...

Parakeet Paradise artwork by Lotti Brown

Then continuing to create matching patterns and designs to be used for fabrics and wallpapers.

You can see the final patterns below...

I really love the dark, dramatic backgrounds which set the bright colours off - tropical, but with year-round appeal.

Detail of my parakeets design

Where to Buy

You can buy my Parakeet Paradise collection as:

  • art prints

  • fashions

  • gifts, homewares, accessories

  • fabrics

  • wallpapers

Art Prints Available from my own Online Store

Framed and unframed art prints available from my online art store

Available from Other Stockists...

Some of the homewares and accessories available at my Contrado online store

Click on the shop name below to visit the store...

My own online stores - giclee art prints with international delivery available.

Redbubble - fashions, homewares, accessories including phone and tech cases. Worldwide delivery from various locations.

Contrado - homewares and accessories including chairs, floor cushions, plates, handbags and more. International delivery available from UK.

Spoonflower - fabrics, wallpapers and giftwrap. Worldwide delivery from USA or Europe.

Wovenmonkey - fabrics. International delivery available from UK.

Fabric samples from Wovenmonkey

Fabric samples from Spoonflower

Summer Floral Art Prints - A Day in the Sun (Geraniums)

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Behind the scenes of my floral art print 'A Day in the Sun (Geraniums)'

Now the spring is finally here I'm looking forward with hope to the hot sunshine days of summer...

Last summer we had some gorgeously hot days - one of which was the inspiration behind my vibrant summery floral art print 'A Day in the Sun (Geraniums)'.

A Day in the Sun (Geraniums) floral art print

It was created on one of these (rare in Britain!) sun-soaked days - when the world feels a little bit hazy - all buzzy with bees, heady with floral scents and where you just long to get out of the house or office and head to the nearest park or garden...

I'd been drawing some of the pretty flowers in my cottage garden - hardy geraniums and salvias - I love them for the scent of the leaves, and for the way they grow enthusiastic, straggly and free to fill my garden with life and colour...

Click the images below to see them larger...

Getting my drawings vectorised and into the computer programme

Once I got them scanned into the computer, the only possible colour I could choose to convey the sunshine of a fantastically hot summer's day was this brilliant, shining yellow...

Yellow for sunshine and summer

I had to work hard on the colours to make them sizzle with summer heat though...

Stronger colours help to convey the heat of summer

I think the more saturated colours help to show the intense heat, and create the shimmer of colour, buzzing, heat and scent that pervades the senses in a lively summer cottage garden...

Final artwork on the screen

Detail of the flowers in the artwork, showing the intricate, hand-drawn linework

I absolutely love the hand-painted fabric artwork that I chose to use for the background of this piece... full of colour and summer promise - I think the marks look just like flowers in the cottage garden, or little butterflies and bees zipping about in the air...

Hand painted fabric used subtly as a background for the design.

I really hope that my geraniums and salvias artwork transports you into that summer garden - stop a while, put your feet up, sip a nice cuppa - breathe in the scent of the flowers, listen to the bees, and above all let your eyes soak in the colourful experiences of summer....

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Available as an framed and unframed giclee art print or canvas in my online art store here...

The design is also available as a cushion, bag, notebook, clock, phone/tech case and more here…

See more floral art in my floral art gallery...

All intellectual property rights in my designs and products (and in the images, text and design of this website) are and will remain the property of Charlotte Brown. Any infringement of these rights will be pursued seriously.

Is Digital Art Real Art..?

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I often get asked about digital art… how it’s created? …what part does the computer play? …and even if it should be considered ‘real’ art at all!?

Even though art technologies have been around for decades now, they’re still not widely understood, and most people, including many artists, have never had the opportunity to use them.

Of course, there are very many ways of using technology to create art – and I only know a tiny bit really – enough to create the work I want to create…. So we can’t cover absolutely all digital techniques here!

But I do want to share with you how I use digital art technologies to create art – and why I’m certain that this art form should definitely be considered ‘real art’.

My own artworks all actually start well away from the computer, which isn't always the case for digital art, but is still quite common these days as artists look to take the best of traditional and digital techniques.

I sit down with pen and paper – I draw and add colour. I use a black fine-liner pen, and promarker inks. I find drawing in this traditional way allows me to draw naturally and in my own particular drawing style.

I love to draw so I make it the basis of my digital art style

I think using these ‘traditional’ drawing methods to create the artwork gets the hand-drawn feel into the final artwork, and creates a unique textural quality that can be hard to create in pieces created solely on the computer.

Drawing some forsythia flowers to put with my iris drawings

I draw each flower or bird separately, as this makes them much easier to work with once they are in the computer.

Sometimes more than 20 individual drawings are put together to create a single artwork

I scan each drawing into the computer, and import them into Adobe Illustrator using the ‘Image Trace’ command, which vectorises the scanned image. 

Importing the scanned drawings into the computer programme

This means that it translates the marks into a format that can be understood by the programme software. This means I can use the software to manipulate it, change scale, and even colours.

The settings I choose when vectorising control how the drawing will appear, so I usually play around with these a bit, to make sure it looks how I want.

The background white page needs removing once the drawings have been vectorised.

Once it’s scanned and vectorised, each drawing needs the white paper behind it separating from the artwork and deleting (see images above and below), so that we can use each drawing free of the background.

Luckily as it's on the computer screen we can zoom in to check for stray bits of white from the paper background that was scanned in along with the drawing.

I've put a coloured background in, so that I can see the motifs (drawings) clearly. Then I can start moving them around, and resizing them to create the layout. It’s easy to duplicate the motif, and it can be flipped or rotated to give variety, too.

My iris drawings are now ready to be moved about on the screen to create the layout

I usually work on the layout first, before turning my attention to the colours...

Motifs/drawings all cleaned up and ready to start the design

Creating an initial framework for the layout/composition

Although the drawings are scanned in ready coloured from my drawings on paper, the colours can seem washed-out from the scanning and vectorisation process

I usually start by making them more saturated, and most often I work to adjust each colour individually, selecting it and using the colour sliders to select a colour I like, to see the effect.

Changing the colours, making them stronger, and more textural

Sometimes I work with colour palettes I created at an earlier date, and change all or some of the colours I drew originally to colours from this palette. I like the colours in my artworks to have a bit of a ‘shimmer’ to them, so it can take many experiments to get the right effect.

Experimenting with colours - work in progress

I usually create the background towards the end, using my drawings as the basis to create coloured shapes that give a textural effect. I love to try out the opacities feature to make these shapes semi-transparent, and a bit more interesting.

Trying out a darker version - not sure!!

I also often make the coloured background semi-transparent, too, and put a scan of a piece of fabric I’ve hand-painted in inks, behind the background. This creates depth and texture in the background.

This calls for lots of color tweaks for the background layers as I work hard to get an overall effect that gives the feeling I’m aiming to create.

If I’m creating a repeating pattern I will need to make sure that each edge of my rectangular swatch matches exactly to the opposite edge, so that everything matches up when it’s repeated out.  I also need to try out the repeat, and tweak many times, to make sure there are no unattractive ‘lines’ or ‘holes’ appearing in the patterns. This stage can sometimes take very many hours.

Once I’m happy with the design, or art piece, it’s saved as a low-resolution, web-friendly image, and also exported as a high quality PNG or TIFF, suitable for print.

Saving a version of the file - this isn't the final version - still more tweaking!

Although the artwork is created digitally, it only exists to eventually be printed out in physical format – whether this is a high quality giclee print for framing, a greetings card, or even put onto wallpaper or fabric.

In this way, the digital component is just another tool that the human artist uses – the mouse is the equivalent of the paintbrush or palette knife, and the screen the canvas. The computer doesn’t create the artwork, it’s simply a medium that the artist can manipulate, to make the vision in his or her head into a physical reality that others can see too.

Digital art still uses the artist’s skill at composition, draughtsmanship and colour. The machine can’t create an artwork from nothing. The human artist makes decisions, and creates the piece from their personal vision.

You will be able to see the final version coming soon to my online store

I must admit, it is nice, though, to be able to tweak layouts until they look right – and to change colours easily. This is vital, too, for creating patterns and designs from my artwork – moving motifs precisely to create repeating patterns, and developing alternative colourways quickly and easily.

I think this is one of the main advantages of creating art digitally (at least in part) – it gives the utmost flexibility to the artist, which is a wonderful gift.

I love the hands-on, ‘traditional’ drawing I do with pens and paper most of all – it’s an intense experience, and I feel really involved, and very connected to my subject.

I really do love the digital bit that comes afterwards, too – with so much scope for experimental play, trial and error, to see just where I can push my art.

Take a look at the final print in my nature and birds collection also available in my print store or on printed products, home wares and accessories here…

Let me know how you like to create your art? Do you like using computers in your art? What part do they play in your art?

Do you think that digitally created art is ‘real art’? Let me know in the comments right below the post… 

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