Unveiling My Process

Here is a brief overview of my painting process.4229_lightmouth_joelBowers.RisingRims.jpeg

I start out each painting by choosing which application to begin it with.
Most of my work will be constructed in a draft application which may just building one layer that I import into another application in constructing the final painting.

My favorite MacOS starting applications include:

  • Rita
  • Sketchbook Pro
  • ArtRage
  • Affinity Designer
  • Painter

Why do I change apps? I’m glad you asked. Each application has different strengths and properties.Some have a huge collection of brushes. Others handle the blending of layers much better. Still others are so enjoy of the features that I prefer them for their ability to respond more quickly to my status. I will attempt to get into those details by application in a future post.

After I am mostly happy with the project, I let it age for a day or so before finalizing while I continue to create more draft choices. Sometimes I will combine these draft choices as layers in a combined painting. Other times the draft stands pretty well alone.

In finalizing, I use applications that have strong photo editing capabilities. There I fine-tune the color, contrast, sharpness, smoothness, etc and sometimes add a background paper texture.

My MacOS favorite editing applications include:

  • Luminar
  • Pixlr
  • Pixelmator

Finally I resize for the web versus print in applications that are good at batch processing like Pixillion and Luminar.

I’m thinking of producing and online course called five ways to succeed or to proceed in the beginning a digital art career.



Joel Bowers is a digital artist publishing daily to his www.risingrims.com Web site and to social media such as instagram.com/risingAbstracts, facebook.com/joelmbowers ,jmba.wordpress.com, twitter.com/jmbisdoing, medium.com/@risingrims

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