Why buy my Digital Art Landscapes
Updated: 7 Nov 2019 v2
If it's good enough for Hockney…
Unique art for less
The above art is all drawn/painted by me. It's not off-the-shelf clip art given a bit of an extra flourish. It's not photographs with a filter applied in PhotoShop. It's unique to me and starts withan outdoor sketching trip. Back to the studio I draw/paint the images on a blank canvas (I should say white screen!). These are hand drawn/painted artworks that only I make.
Big on linocut style, smaller investment
My linocuts are hand drawn, then hand printed. My digital art is hand drawn and then machine printed, using high quality fine art archival inks and paper. The materials are pretty much the same, the printing process is entirely different. (Only the inks differ in consistency really - one ink has to work with a machine, the other doesn't)
Printing my landscape digital fine art prints takes a lot less time than printing my linocuts, and as a result, I can offer my digital art at lower prices than my premium linocut prints and my paintings.
Art at a size you want
Where blocks of printmakers lino don't stretch at all, a computer file does (if it's planned for when creating the art). This means that not only can I offer my digital paintings for less than my other art, I can offer them at different sizes. There are advantages to making art on a computer!
High quality total consistency
So the lesser expense does not mean these are a poor quality fine art print. Far from it. They will outlast both me and you if treated kindly. The difference in price is entirely due to faster printing – it takes at least a month to print a linocut edition. An equivalent digital art edition could be printed in a day, two at the most!
Each digital art landscape print exactly reproduces the image you see on my website. My handmade linocut prints, by contrast, are all individually printed and have what I call 'character' to them resulting from the hand making process. Some like the character of individually printed prints though they take a lot longer to make.
What my digital art is not
Just to be really clear: my digital artworks are not photographs or scans of my linocuts, acrylic or oil paintings.
I have drawn and painted each digital artwork on my computer tablet. They often start with a rough pencil sketch on paper (just like all my other art), but beyond this they're entirely created using my computer. The video below illustrates the drawing/painting process.
In The Style Groove
My digital art is
in the style of my linocuts. Though my landscape digital paintings look very like my linocuts, they're not the same.
It's easy to tell which is an original art linocut and which is a digital art print when they're finished. I'm not sure there's a reason to make my digital art look completely and exactly like a linocut if it was even possible, to be honest. I suspect as I make more digital art, the style will differ more and more. There are things I can achieve using a computer I can't using lino.
Digital art is simply another medium, with it's own characteristics that are quite beautiful.
I've had several of the fine art prints back now and I'm proud to offer them, having been delighted by their quality, vibrance and energy.
Since exporting this video and adding it here, I've adjusted the artwork above some more. That's why it might look a little different.