Why I'm a better choice...

For illustrations I work in digital.

This enables you to customize one painting to any format, vertical to horizontal, arrange subjects in the painting to accommodate text and adjust the colors of various elements in the painting to suit your needs.

See the samples to your right.

I started this out with a purple background.

So what if you or your client decided you wanted a different color scheme?

Note how as I change background, I am also able to change the color of the beast and the landscape to coordinate with the orange sky.

The beast now has yellow skin and blue-purple fur. The landscape has taken on a brown color to enhance the atmospheric effect, yet the planet and cloud have not changed color.

All these elements are on separate layers that can be individually adjusted.

Don't like an orange color scheme?

How about blue sky? And to bring out the color in the beast, I can make him a deeper blue and change his fur to brown.

A traditional illustrator, working in oils or acrylics, would begin to get irate at the changes, as he/she would have to actually re-paint the areas to achieve the same results, taking days to respond, whereas I can respond within minutes, saving you time and money, and it would be no problem at all.

In some cases, I may offer multiple color schemes anyway, just because I'd like to see how they look.

Probably the most beneficial convenience available to my client is the ability to recompose the illustration to fit virtually any format.

Take note of the vertical composition of the above image. I've increased the height of the sky to accommodate text and shifted the characters and props around so nothing was cropped.

In traditional media, if you were to attempt to incorporate an image from a horizontally oriented composition into a vertical one, the following would have to occur...
* Elements of the image would either be cropped away, losing key subject matter that enhances the overall message of the image
* or the image would be reduced in size, which in the case of a paperback book cover, it would lose the impact on the Point-of-Sale impulse-buying effect that artwork should have on a bookcover
* or a different illustration would have to be commissioned entirely, at cost to the client

But not in my case.

All elements are still included in the illustration.
The cost of re-composing my digital illustrations are minimal compared to
re-commissioning an entirely new illustration.

Not only can elements be arranged to accommodate format, they can also be arranged to accommodate text and barcode.

Had I not previously arranged the artwork in this manner, say if the woman and beast had been more centrally positioned, I could easily have moved them over to one side so the barcode box could be displayed without blocking the beast's face.

If the Art Director preferred the tree on the right be removed, it could be done at the click of a mouse at no more extra cost than resaving the image...maybe $10-$15.

When I painted in tempera on Bristol Board, I created a painting I called "Swampmen". Analog, Science Fiction and Fact" magazine saw it and wanted it for their Sept '98 issue cover art, but they wanted the tree taken out of the background to make room for text. Since the tree was against a gradient background and a faded planet, where color blended into color, there was no way to replace it without repainting the entire background, which would be tedious at best.

So I repainted the entire painting.

Had I originally created this image digitally, removing the tree would have been a simple matter of clicking a mouse to 'turn off' a layer.

Now for another benefit I've found to my using digital painting.....


Because I can work in very large files (this one was 600ppi 8"x10") I can pay attention to detail.


  • how smooth the transition from light to dark in the skin?
  • ...the detail in the highlighting of the lips creating a slightly wet look?
  • ...the subtle hint of color in the lips?
  • ...the fine hairs blowing across her face?
  • ...the subtle reflected light highlighting the underside of her nose?

In a painting these would be coarse, abstract looking brushstrokes if enlarged.

In digital, these are "detail".

This enables the client to comfortably blow this image up to poster size should he/she need to promote the product for which the illustration was commissioned.

Even the tiniest details, the little pilot operating the spaceship...the fireburst, the reflection in the glass bubble enclosure, can be included in a digital painting.

Compare this detail to the size of the spaceship in the original image. I regularly compose illustrations for use in 8ft x 10ft wallpaper murals (go to The Border Store for some samples). Nearly everything on that page is my work. The larger the image, the more detail I can add.

More samples of my latest digital works are Here

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