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Working on a 3D Mermaid Alphabet

Work In Progress / 06 August 2022

I am working on turning an Illustrated mermaid themed alphabet I did several years ago into 3D using some techniques I've been learning over the last few years or so. I still don't feel like I've found my "thing" yet but this is closer to what I wanted to do with mixing my 2D and 3D work together.

Illuminate 2D Shape G’MIC

Tutorial / 04 July 2022

Hello again, I wrote another article on my art blog about a technique using G'MIC and Krita I tried recently using a filter called Illuminate 2D Shape to create some normal maps and lighting directions.

The link to the article is here:

Colour Models in Digital Art

Article / 31 January 2022

I wrote another article for my art blog about an introductory look into the main colour models used in digital art and how they relate to printing and traditional mediums.

Lighting 2D Art with Depth Maps

Article / 09 December 2021

I wrote another article about lighting 2D art with depth maps. In this article I tested out a program called SpriteIlluminator along with Krita and Affinity Photo.

The link to the full article is here: Lighting 2D Art with Depth Maps

G’MIC Artistic Stylize: pencil, charcoal and pastel

General / 12 November 2021

I made a new video about the pencil, pastel and charcoal styles in the artistic stylize filter in G'MIC. 

Last year I contributed some textures to the 2.7 version of G'MIC (free open source) which create nice texture effects. The intended use was for 3D renders, photographs etc. but I also found it useful in my Illustration workflow for creating a textured base for working into, creating textures for overlaying, or for converting a rough digital painting into a pencil style. Still need hand drawing skills of course, but it helps create nice textured looks.

Some pictures I've created using the filter in the workflow:

I’ve also created a pack of textures that includes some extra styles for the filter available on my Gumroad store here. To use the extra styles you have to use pattern fill method I wrote about here.

Comparing Digital Painting Software- parrot edition

Article / 23 October 2021

I wrote a new article for "The Art Squirrel". In this one I decided to paint the same parrot in all of the digital painting software I have access to and then sum up what I thought.

For this article I’ve done studies of a parrot in the 2D digital painting software I have access to: Clip Studio Paint, PD Howler 2022, Krita 4, Rebelle 4, Realistic Paint Studio, ArtRage 6, Corel Painter 2022 (trial) and Paintstorm Studio. 

You can read the full article here:

Hi! Let me introduce myself

General / 14 October 2021

Hi there, my name is Christine. I love to do digital paintings and I'm learning 3D art. Over the years I've had a few freelance Illustration jobs. My most recent one was on an indie game called "The Adventures of Wolf and Hood". I want to work on my own story based Illustration projects going forward.

I also write articles for a blog called "The Art Squirrel" where I like to talk about things I'm experimenting with and working on concerning digital art. I'm trying to make it a useful free resource for people.

I've been painting digitally since 2004 and I started to learn 3D art in 2018 using Blender. I started learning ZBrush in 2020 and I'm enjoying trying new things.

My degree was in Archaeology so I'm mostly self taught in art although I've been drawing all my life. I try to level up all the time whilst striving to keep the passion for it, but sometimes it is hard.  In 2016 I started a blog as a way to keep myself motivated after finishing a foundation art diploma at my local college after years of putting off what I wanted to do. Please check it out if you have time at "The Art Squirrel".

I started a blog here on Artstation as well so that I can show WIPs and studies because after leaving social media I don't really have a place I do that anymore.

Thanks for reading!