Do digital artists have any flair?
I bought the August issue of ImagineFX (137) solely for the amazing step-by-step Photoshop workshop on drawing Harley Quinn by Admira Wijaya. I enjoy drawing comic book heroes, but have never attempted digital imagery as I’m old school – I’m in my 50s and use pencil, black ink and watercolourbased inks.
I had a go at Harley and have attached the results for your perusal. What I would like to ask is, do you think you need to have some degree of artistic flair to be a digital artist, or can you get the computer to do all the work for you? For example, rectify mistakes, blend colours and so on? John Pugh, via email
Claire replies Hello John. Thanks for emailing in. I love your Harley Quinn drawing. It’s really great. As for your question about needing artistic flair to be a digital artist, the answer is a resounding YES. The computer is a tool to create, not a creation generator. Anyone can create art on a computer, but without knowledge of the basics – colour, light, anatomy and so on – it’ll be bad art. I’d be interested to hear what others think.
John painted Harley Quinn using traditional media, after being inspired by Admira Wijaya’s workshop.