Eileen McKenna Art & Design

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Digital Intervention with Photoshop

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For the most part, I like to keep my art hand drawn or painted. The exception is when I’m working on designing a repeating pattern. But sometimes, my 20 years of experience with Photoshop, comes in handy with my artwork.

I painted this tree a couple of weeks ago and thought, “It really needs a boy playing in the leaves.”
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Separately in my sketchbook I created a couple of version of the boy, based on my youngest son.
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I scanned both, opened them in Photoshop, and started playing around. The possibilities are endless!
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I choose one boy and added a shadow so he wouldn’t seem so “floaty.” I also added some extra leaves in an area that looked weird.

I don’t normally use Photoshop with my artwork because the original goal of “my creative resolution” was to develop my drawing and painting skills. But it is nice to have the tools to use, when the need arises!