How to find your own voice as an artist

The trick is to keep that inspiration inside of you and use it to your advantage. Blocking in the hair
For this stage I want to use a dotted brush with the Space Setting set to 2 per cent (access this via the Brush Tip Shape option). 03. This needs to stay consistent throughout the painting. Words: Jennifer Healy
Jennifer works in traditional and digital mediums, and loves them both. More hair definition
As well as refining more of her face and introducing more colours and definition, I’m starting to add even more hair strands. 05. I set my sketch on Multiply so I can see the layers beneath it. This helps to complement the purples throughout the painting. This creates a nice, hair-like effect. Scattering is checked, Scatter is set to 1,000 per cent and Count is set to 3. More coverage
I want to continue incorporating the petals around her body. I use a more rounded brush, which gives me more control, to add the finer details, such as the creases on the petals and the shadows around the hand. Facial details
I go back to the face to add in more details and definition around her mouth, nose and eyes. 08. With this workshop I hope I can help you learn some tips and tricks with layers, skin, hair, brushes and filters to speed you along your way! Keep practising! Starting the skin
Once the sketch is finished I begin painting the skin. I do this by copying the whole painting and pasting it on the very top layer. Discovering your own artistic voice will take time, but the journey is a fun and satisfying one. Nature, birds or flowers are a given, but dirt, spiders or alligators – things that you normally wouldn’t call beautiful – can be just as useful to an artist’s muse. Now I want to add a touch of warmth to the overall image so I click ImageAdjustmentsColor Balance and choose a yellowish colour to help pull out the yellow and golden tones. 13. Sparkles and light
I decide it’s time to add in some sparkle and glimmer. 11. Blur and colour
Now it’s time to use a blur filter. She sparked something inside me and I took it upon myself to become an artist. I also decide to apply some subtle sparkles to her skin to help illuminate it. I’m using a Soft Round Eraser brush on a low Opacity to erase the ends so that they look natural and blend in evenly with the rest of her hair. Her artwork inspired me to pick up a pencil and start drawing and creating things. 02. I find the texture is a better fit for the petals than the Soft Round brush. These elements may change in due course, but at least for now I have an idea in place before I begin painting. Refining the hand
Jennifer begins to add detail to the hand.I start shaping the thumb area and add more highlights and contrast to the petal areas. 06. At this point I also decide that I need to cover up her body a bit more, through the addition of more petals. American artist Jennifer Healy created this image especially for ImagineFXAs a girl I saw the work of surrealist painter Johanna Pieterman. Then I click FilterBlurMotion Blur. The key is to keep pushing yourself along your journey to find your artistic voice and blossom into the artist you’re striving to be. Even when you think you’ve made your masterpiece, keep going. 10. I like to work from dark to light, and so while working on a low Opacity I softly build up layers of lighter colours. I’m adding definition to her face, her hair and the petals. 15. Once in Transform mode I right-click again and select Warp. I also need to keep in mind where I want my lighting to be. I do this by selecting the Lasso tool, right-clicking the image and selecting Free Transform. I can do this by pulling up the brush settings and making sure the Shape Dynamics box is checked and that Size Jitter is set to Pen Pressure. After this I add a layer of brightness and contrast to help push out some of the highlights and make the image become more dramatic. The Lasso tool enables me to keep the soft brush from straying into unwanted areas. …and keep blooming
The imagine begins to bloom.I add layers upon layers of paint to fill out the petals that are blooming and flaking from her skin. I block in the bulk with a Soft Round brush set on 6 per cent Opacity, layering multiple times until I feel it’s right. 04. Great examples of doodle art Adjusting the dial determines how strong the blur effect is. Now I add a new layer set to Color and start adding in colour on top of the petals. I go back to the hair brush for this, so that the texture matches the rest of the petals and helps keep them unified. And now I have blossomed… You’ll develop your own style over time. 12. I introduce more layers of colour and intensify the colours that are already on the Canvas with the Vibrance option (ImageAdjustmentsVibrance). Like this? I also flip the image, to ensure that I’m seeing the painting with a fresh eye
14. Details, details, details
I paint small pearls on her hair and shoulder, then decide that I need to use the Transform tool to move her petal coverage over her shoulder slightly, because I don’t like where it sits. I sketch out the concept to get an idea of the general composition and where specific objects should be placed, such as her arm and her head. She enjoys adding strange ethereal surrealism to her art whenever she can. Begin blooming…

Updated: 14.12.2014 — 00:55