Rowboat, Comox Wharf by Richard Farrington
Canvas Gallery Wrap
24" x 36"
I'm a digital artist. When I started creating digital art several years ago, I began by throwing caution to the wind. I figured a "style" would emerge as I progressed and learned. By the time I started this website three years ago, it was obvious that very few of my images resembled one another. I use no formula, no custom presets. If I could offer you one word that describes my style it's "experimental". I'm all over the map and that's what makes it exciting for me. If you expect a certain "sameness" throughout my work, forget it!
When I first ventured into photography many years ago, I was a purist. But over the years, oddly enough, I've become pretty much the opposite. The descriptors are more along the lines of funky, wild, crazy, bright, and saturated! To me, that's what digital art is all about: taking a basic photograph and manipulating it using Photoshop and a multitude of the fabulous plugins, presets, and artistic filters that are now part of my arsenal.
Here's my process: I usually start with a photograph, occasionally I'll begin with a blank page and a funky idea. First I edit the photo the traditional way for color, exposure, sharpness, etc. After that I follow no script. I go with my gut feelings and the messages my imagination coughs up.
Each "piece" I do is an entity unto itself. Sure, I have my favorite filters, but I try to stick to the integrity of the image as it evolves. I put it through its paces, applying filters, color gradients, patterns, brushes, effects, and backgrounds. This can sometimes take a couple of hours, but more often a few days, working off and on.
When I'm satisfied I have made something website worthy, I'll save it to a folder I call "Short List". I can't be satisfied with one try, though. There are thousands of ways the same image can be enhanced, manipulated, melded, and blended, and thousands of stunning final images possible. I can only hope to