The Illustrated Life!

November 26, 2011 § 4 Comments

I love to draw, regardless of the medium.  Ink drawing, painting, working digitally, each has its own unique quality to lend to an artwork.

Looking Out Over Portland (Red), Digital, 2011

This first image depicts a young person on a hike, looking out over Portland, OR towards Mt Hood. A version of this will soon grace a flier for students at Portland State University, on combatting Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as, the winter blues.

Looking Out Over Portland (Blue), Digital, 2011

The image below was made to illustrate a post on Whoa Life!, an entertaining blog written by a friend of mine.  The author is witty and funny, and always enjoyable to read.

Illustration for a post on the blog, Whoa Life!, titled, "IncogNOTo (pun?)"

Being a reformed Luddite, I wish that drawing on my computer with a pen tool and drawing tablet wasn’t so enjoyable and forgiving.  However, over the past few years, drawing digitally has become an indispensable tool for my art process.

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§ 4 Responses to The Illustrated Life!

  • elbrigaking says:

    beautiful work, and I think it is sad indeed that artists now need to use computers and digital effects… of course it’s impressive and beautiful, but sometimes the magic of the picture is lost…
    But it is not the case here, your art is very poetic and inspiring, thank you for sharing it!

    • Mike Schultz Paintings says:

      I agree with you, and I will always prefer making drawings and paintings by hand. However, I have now found that working digitally is just a means to an end. An artist can save a lot of time making mock ups and studies in photoshop. Using a photograph of a painting in process, I can add or subtract anything from the artwork to see if the change works or not, and that saves a lot of time and heart break, in the long run. Thanks for your comment.

  • Erin Forsyth says:

    Looks good! Really wood-cutty :)

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