As the daughter of a computer engineer, I grew up around a lot of computers. I loved drawing on the computer with a mouse as a kid, because it made me feel really cool (in that "budding art geek" sort of way.) But, as my training as an artist developed, I realized that I also have a strong love of tactile materials in art. While I admired ultra-polished digital art, I also swooned over canvas paintings that were thick with paint, texture, and collage elements.
I think my current style is starting to reflect both of these two admirations. I love Painter 11 on my Mac for its versatility as a digital tool, but also for its enormous library of simulated art materials (especially the pastels!). In my latest work I have been creating textures with traditional paint mediums, then scanning them and incorporating those textures into my digital pieces.
For example, this is the texture I created for the cereal O's for my "IF: Rescue" piece:
And this is the earth texture for "IF: Subterranean":
I love painting these textures and have a few that I did "just for fun", like this one:
Happy painting, everyone!