Featured artist - Fine art paintings by Eric

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We are pleased to highlight some fantastic work by an artist we spotted on Instagram recently, @fineartbyeric. He tagged us in his post and if you do that, you get our attention! We love Eric's work, how he goes from digital to actual paintings on canvas so we wanted to fueature his work on our blog. Here's some info about Eric...

I love acrylic paintings with beautiful, clean curves and lines. I wanted to get that look in my own paintings but kept having difficulty. For example, acrylic paint can typically require several coats to be opaque, and it’s near-impossible to create the same perfect curve with every coat.

The solution was to create my own physical stencils first in Illustrator, but the process was tedious, as I am basically creating the artwork twice. I needed to quickly create vectors, and that’s where the Astute Graphics plugins make all the difference! Particularly, DynamicSketch and InkScribe. They allow me to easily transfer my sketch to vectors with the line weight, brush and color settings I need. Sometimes I will also use FindReplace as it enables me to quickly change colors of similar objects.

 Once the image is complete in Illustrator, it’s sent to Photoshop where the vectors are separated and sent to my vinyl cutting machine. I then mix up acrylic paint colors to match what was created in Illustrator, and one-by-one I apply a stencil, paint over it with as many coats as needed, and then move on to the next stencil.

Overall, I love the process as it combines both my love for digital and physical paint. I get to create something on the computer first and tweak it until I’m happy with the layout and colors, and then move to the physical painting part where it all comes together. And in the end I have an original art piece which is an almost near match to what I created first on the computer! My clients love it because when I send a sample of what I will create for them, they know that the final painting will be very close to that sample.

The plugins by Astute Graphics make all the difference in my process. I can’t imagine creating this work without them. Honestly, they help move the quirks and frustrations of Illustrator “out of the way”, so I can get straight to drawing and painting the way I would on canvas!


 Featured artist - Fine art paintings by Eric

Fine Art By Eric

This is the part of the website where I tell you that I got my first camera at 3 and sold my first artwork by the age of 9. Not quite! I didn’t even have an Atari until I was 10 (I think). My career started as an officer in the Air Force in 1993, stationed at the Pentagon. I mostly did programming work, as the web had just started. One of the skills I picked up during that time was Photoshop. Version 3 was just released (layers!), and I was hooked. In 2002 we moved to beautiful Austin, Texas (home prices are a little ridiculous in our nation’s capital). A few years later I took up photography as a way to get outside of an office. As it turns out, I’m not a big fan of fluorescent lighting. You probably aren’t either. I started with portraits and learned some incredible stories of the people I photographed. I worked for magazines, companies, and families creating fun, stylized imagery. Around 2013, I started creating my own paintings. However, rather than just painting straight on a canvas, I thought it might be more interesting to first put my photography skills to work telling a visual story, and then painting that image. The first series of images produced like this was my holiday collection from 2014. To me, it’s the ultimate culmination of all of my interests and knowledge. I get to create images that have a foot in both fantasy and reality, while enjoying every step of the process. It’s the next step in an journey that started for me in grade school when I first started to draw, and I thank you for being a part of it! Feel free to connect with me online here, or via any of the social media sites above. I would love to hear what you think of the work and to learn something about you!

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