This image popped into my mind this weekend at church. I was very down and tired and just emotionally drained. As I was praying that God would give me the strength to get through the day, this image came to me.
I sketched it in ArtRage with the pencil tool in about an hour and a half. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to just leave it as is, or to add color. I really liked how the sketch turned out, but I decided to go ahead and color it.
The sketch was done on a top layer, so I just started to lay the oils down underneath it to add the background. I used the big roller brush to lay down a lot of color, and then smoothed out the rough parts using the palette knife. Then I used the square oil brush. Since I liked the sketch so much, I decided just to leave it visible as the top layer.
Here is the finished colored version. I still can’t decide which one I like the best.
I’ve had ArtRage 2.6 for a while now, but just yesterday downloaded the 30 day trail of ArtRage 3.0 to try it out. I was impressed with the new features, and really excited about the new watercolor brush. But first, I played with the oils, testing out the new options. Just to give you an idea of the changes, here is a side by side comparison of the screen from 2.6 and 3.0:
With version 2.6, I never really was able to get the hang of the way the oil paints blended together. Whether this was user error, or a difficulty with the program, I keep me from using it for any full scale paintings. I had fun using it for sketches and speed painting, but not for elaborate illustrations. The fairy on the right was painted this way, in 2007.
I found that with the new settings in 3.0, it was much easier to create the effect I wanted with the oils. Each brush comes with four presets that were helpful. The palette knife also I has a lot of new nifty presets. I really enjoyed working in the program. I spend 2.5 hours on each of the small paintings below, and am really happy with the level of detail I was able to achieve.