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Digital Painting--Color Pencil Sketch

August 15, 2020

While I miss covering meets during the Covid-19 crisis, I have had a lot of fun being creative with the Digital Paintings, and learning new techniques.  My repertoire of Digital Painting styles is growing.  This one is a Color Pencil Sketch.  Colored pencils were developed in the 1800s.  It wasn't until the 20th century came around that high quality products evolved.  For the longest time, colored pencils were not accepted by art galleries and artists as a serious medium.  In the last few decades, colored pencils have been displayed in more high end galleries.  Currently, many well-known artists use the medium.

With the maturity of digital editing tools, virtual colored pencils have made their way into the current art scene.  The beauty of the virtual color pencil sketches is that each element is on a "layer" by itself so that the final art piece can be edited.  By displaying different layers or combining the ways in which the layers interact with each other, a variety of looks can be achieved from a single painting!  

During the Covid-19 crisis, I am painting several paintings every week.  I have experimented with a number of different painting styles, and am working hard to develop my skills in each style.  As I become proficient with a style, I intend to offer it to everyone at meets and gym portrait programs across the country.  In the meantime, I am picking and choosing images from past meets to paint.  I hope to one day open up the process to allow parents to send  me their favorite images to paint for them.  For now, I am enjoying the learning process.  Thanks for taking the trip with me.

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