I found that these days you don’t need to have much to create a decent painting. Gone are the days of where an artist needed to dedicate expensive square footage and a budget for painting supplies. I find the series of portraits and paintings I’ve created using my finger and a touch-sensitive painting app Brushes, on my iPod Touch just as rewarding as what I’ve produced in oil and canvas. Having the skills to blend, shade and draft are essential to producing quality images whether it in pixels or pigment. Part of the reason I’ve been doing portraits like this is I like the feeling of intimacy these pictures
Part of the reason I’ve been doing portraits like this is I like the feeling of intimacy these pictures have held on a small screen. It reminds me of the miniature paintings travelers would carry with them before the invention of photography. Portraits like that were often used as a form of introduction, or to have an image of a loved one with you when you couldn’t be together.
After doing a number of portraits of people like this I felt compelled to do something a little different. So here we have the first of a set of animals, in this case, a chimpanzee. The challenge with this painting was to imbue it with a sense of presence, but not a human one.