Annie Rodak I used to view digital paintings as inferior to “real” paintings, requiring less skill. I’ve since come to realize the skill of digital work is no less challenging, and the medium can be every bit as sincere. Digital paintings require the artist to mix and apply specific color, value, texture, layers, and transparency – all of the decision making that “real” painting requires – but digital comes with some extra surprises like curves that change the color palette to ideas I never could have imagined, and there is something liberating about being able to try things without fear you’ll ruin something, whether you just started the painting, or are looking to see how far you can take something you’ve been developing for countless hours. Or what if you get the painting to an inspired place where you can see it going in multiple directions? You don’t need to choose just one! For me, the most valuable asset is that digital removes the dry time and the cleanup. In fact, I’ve recently started carrying my tablet so I can practice new ways of painting when I’m not able to get to the studio. It has been training my brain and keeping me in the game even when I’m busy. Below are a few sketches from Keith’s Beginning Procreate class. This is one in a series of posts showcasing a selection of artwork made by League artists during the last year in quarantine. These artwork pics are borrowed from our online class archives. Instead of viewing these as finished artworks, we hope you will appreciate the excitement of these experimental works in process. Annie Rodak Georgia Ward Collings Kimberly Owen Lisa Bourgon Sandy NelsonElsie Gena Shurtlaff Michele Monster big doggy!