Trying to create transparency

still life with bg

Every once in a while, I try to draw something other than a face. Here’s tonights attempt, the brush holder on my desk. I have been shying away from attempting transparent objects and this time I decided to go for it. It certainly is a step in the right direction.

Added the real background using layers. It’s a bit too cluttered. Somewhere between the two would have applealed to me more.


8 thoughts on “Trying to create transparency

  1. I like the first one (sans background) quite a bit. I like them both, actually, but the simplicity of the one w/o the background is striking. It really forces the viewer to noticed the thick, stylized brush strokes.

    Good stuff.

  2. Thanks Tom. I’m thinking of trying out a few more variations. Moving the background line up to where it actually is and more color variations for the background. Aah the advantages of digital work πŸ˜€

  3. I’m glad you liked it too πŸ˜€ You could also check out Corel’s Painter – they have a 60 day trial period. I have 10 days left. The piece above was made with Painter. Of the two, I prefer Art Rage by far.

  4. Are most of the pieces you publish here done with ArtRage? I’ve downloaded the free version and am quite intrigued by it. Seems a lot cheaper option for experimenting than “real” art supplies.

  5. Hi Patricia. Most of the digital pieces have been made with Art Rage. I too find that it’s much easier to experiment with it. All the ones with impasto effects and the ones with several different color combinations are all in Art Rage. I think you’ll have super fun playing with it. I eventually went for the full version because of some additional capabilities that I had to have πŸ˜€ I think the price at 20usd is fabulous especially when compared to 350 and 550usd for painter and ps.

  6. Thank you Angela and yes, that’s an elongated credit card πŸ˜› This is digital. I’ve used Corel Painter for this piece. My favourite is Art Rage but it hasnt been working since I made the last system update 😦 I have only recently understood the value of painting still life.

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