Digital and canvas paintings.

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Paint, and a lot of it.

Today I went to Carre in Tilburg to visit a friend, Roel Sloot who is a great painter, in his working studio. Photo's included are all of the visit. He paints on canvas, totally different from a digital painting. Both kind of ' painting'  techniques have there own pro's en con's, but are really totally different art forms!


Let me start with some pro's of painting digitally:


-less of a mess. My working table is very clean. I don't need to change my clothing when I start painting. No tubes laying around and no dirty brushes.


-Painting a scene from a photo can go directly on the photo so in most cases it looks more realistic... great when you work with clients portraits that need to be very realistic!


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Me, mixing a bit of canvas with digital.

- When things aren't going the way you planned you just delete and start over, no painting over canvas or needing a new one.


-You can work on a lot of pieces at the same time, you don't need any room to store your other works.


-You can work on your digital file wherever you want, just bring your laptop with photoshop.


-Adding new stuff to your painting is easier since you just put together your layers.


-Your client can print the artwork in any size they want on any material they want.


-They can use the file for social media and websites, next to prints.


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Some of Roel's collection.

 Those are a lot of pro's, but working on canvas has a lot of pro's too:


- You get texture, texture can give a lot of depth and more coulour effects in a paining.


-There is only one original. With a digital file you know the artist still has one.

-There is a nostalgic feeling to it.


-You don't work behind a computer screen, better for your eyes!


-Mixing the colors is more challenging, but also more rewarding when it turns out the way you want it.


-You are not depending on a computer or photoshop, so no system to break down, no tears when you didn't save.


-The whole setting has got a nice feel to it, better than just a computer screen.


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Roel Sloot @work.

-You see what you get when it comes to colors, digital it all depends on the calibration of the screen and afterwards the quality of the print.


There are a lot more differences but these are the ones I came up with.

Digital artwork is in no comparison to painting on canvas really, two totally different art forms.



I had a great afternoon looking at the artwork and making some photo's in Roel's amazing workplace. I admire his work very much. He has his own brandname: Studio Bambergen, next to digital paintings he makes video's and photo's.

Hope you enjoyed this blog. Do leave a message in my guestbook! If you want a digital painting of your pet send me a contact form or email me.  Jessica.