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Another Hand painting to Digital painting

April 25th, 2009 by admin | Posted in Early Photoshop attempts, Hand to Digital painting, Photoshop Experiments   3 Comments »


Okay, so I have tried it again, this time with my wolf painting


                                                                         Hand Painting


                                                                              Digital Painting

The first painting is Acryllics and the second one is the same painting Photoshopped.

Please let me know your opinions.


Tiana x

The Mad March Hare

April 3rd, 2009 by admin | Posted in Away with the Fairies, Hand to Digital painting, Into a Fantasy World, Photoshop Experiments   3 Comments »


I have just completed an Easter painting for my kids.

Spring is the season when the female Hares

have boxing matches with their male admirers.

But in this painting the Hare is called ‘The Mad March Hare’

because it tells everyone it has seen a fairy and no one believes it.

That is until some children come along who can also see the

pretty little Fairy.

(That’s a shortened version of the story I made up to go with the painting

for my kids.)

Before I show the finished painting here is a painting of a Fairy on a cat’s

head that I did last year in Watercolour paints so that you can compare

between real paints and digital Art.

I welcome your opinion.

Thanks for reading my blog, see you soon,

Tiana x

                       (Watercolour  by Tiana Fair)

And here is the Digital Fairy Painting;


(The Mad March Hare – Digital Art  by Tiana Fair)

 Thanks for reading my blog, see you soon,

Tiana x

Thanks for reading my blog, see you soon,

Tiana x

The 5 minute Daffodil

March 25th, 2009 by admin | Posted in Early Photoshop attempts, Hand to Digital painting, Photoshop Experiments, Step-by-step   1 Comment »
These are the results of my 5 minute Daffodil experiment. 
Normally I would sketch the daffodil with pencil.
This would take approx 5 mins.
Then I would Fill in the background colours with paint.
This would take approx 10 mins.
So here is the first part of the sketch done by digital
pencil and then digital paints.
This took 3 mins to complete.
                                                                                 ( Daffodil digital sketch)
The next stage of a painting would be to add some detail.
For a painting like this it would take approx 15 mins.
Here I blended the painting with Photoshop.
This took 1 minute to complete.
                                                                                   (Daffodil with added detail)
And the result of my finished painting would be trimmed ready to
display with Watercolour on Watercolour pad or Acrylic on
I digitally added some texture. I tried different artistic styles.
This took 1 minute to complete.
First I tried making the daffodil look like it was in water…
                                                                                                  (Daffodil in water)
Then I tried to make it look like it was painted on canvas…
                                                                                       (Daffodil on digital canvas)
The results I found for my quick on the spot painting were:
                                Painting by hand                     Painting in Photoshop
Time taken:          30 mins - Bad                             5 mins – Excellent
As Original Art:     Excellent                                                 Bad
As a print:                Excellent                                             Excellent
So my conclusion is that Digital sketching is excellent for speed and if you are short on time. This makes it ideal if you are painting outdoors and have a laptop , a table that you can put your tablet and pen on and are within broadband signal range.
It is less messy and easier than an easel and paint but a lot less fun.
But you still cannot beat hand painting for an Original piece of Artwork, and textures.
It is possible to print digital Art onto canvas but the textures still are not as good as paint on canvas.
Okay so I know Digital Art is faster, I know that it is cleaner, I know that poster prints
are comparable to the real thing……
So now I have to experiment with the difference between thinking a crazy image up,
sketching ideas, finding the correct perspective and making the image look as realistic as possible…even if it is something wacky like a flying horse…
In the meantime I have been called upon to use my new Photoshop skills
in work…hmmmm….not sure I’m ready for that…..


March 10th, 2009 by admin | Posted in Away with the Fairies, Early Photoshop attempts, Hand to Digital painting, Into a Fantasy World, Photoshop Experiments   2 Comments »

 tiana-photoshopped      tf

(Digitally enhanced version)                              (Original Acrylic painting by Tiana Fair)


I am experimenting with Photoshop.

I like the way it can blend and highlight but I personally prefer

the texture of acrylic paints on real canvas.

Let me know what you think.


I used to sell original commissioned paintings for a high price

and then sell poster prints and prints onto real canvas at a cheaper price.

The prints were more popular than the originals which has resulted

in me experimenting with digital art,

for if the customers want prints

more than originals it does not matter if it is made from paint or

from computer technology……anyway back to playing with my new toy…

can’t wait for the pen to arrive….

and yes I did go for the cheapest pen and tablet….

I’m not spending a lot of money on something

that I may be no good at.


Have a great day following your dreams…Tiana x