I’m a digital painter. For this piece, I used Manga Studio 5 and a Wacom Cintiq. Most of my art is done digitally. This painting of a deer was a quick sketch I made to challenge myself; I don’t often draw animals. The mythical, dreamy sort of landscape surrounding is absolutely my style, though. I’ve always messed around with creating “soft” digital art. A lot of digital work has very crisp, edges, and neat lines, but when I digitally paint I want to focus on light, colour, and the scene’s luminescence.
I find inspiration in impressionist and romantic traditional works, the sky (why do you think I stay in Manitoba?), light interacting with objects, colour, and watching people.
I bet if you poked most creatives, they’d fess up and say something like “I make art because I can’t help myself.” So there isn’t a great story behind this painting. Sometimes things happen without me planning them out, and they turn out weirdly good. One day I felt like painting a deer, so I sat there and worked on it until it was done, and it just came together, all in one burst.