Like many artists I developed my passion for creative expression in childhood.
I adored cartoons. From the Saturday morning capers of Scooby Doo and Tom and Jerry to the feature length escapism of Disney, I devoured them all. My mind was set in primary school – I wanted to be an artist.
In art college I broadened my sights to explore the work of the renaissance masters, the impressionists and the abstract expressionists of the mid 20th century. I was hypnotised by their beauty and worked hard to define my own style incorporating all of the elements I loved most about each period.
But it was no use, I loved them all. I simply couldn’t lean toward one style when I was so entranced by them all.
So I set to crafting my own art to reflect my love for my favourite artists: Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Picasso, Pollock, Milt Kahl and Quentin Blake.
This approach helped me enormously. I realised that I could draw or paint anything from landscapes to buildings to animals to cartoons… anything, and I didn’t need to be bound to a particular style or genre.
During the late 1990’s I embraced digital art – the benefits of which were and are enormous.
Now, using the incredible combination of an Apple iMac, Wacom Cintiq and Corel’s fantastic Painter package I’ve been able to experiment with styles that would ordinarily have been out of reach.
Corel Painter is just a wonderful piece of software. If you imagine it you can illustrate it. It really is that powerful.
I created Art by Wilf to talk about my passion for digital art as well as championing the great products that are available.
I also showcase some of my own work which is available to buy.