Richard is always asked how he produces his artwork. With traditional mediums like coloured pencils, oils, acrylics, graphite and pen and ink, people can understand the process more easily as they’re widely used. You can walk into any gallery and see examples on show. But digital painting is the new kid on the block. Richard is privileged to know some of the best digital illustrators and artists around the world through Facebook. If ever you want to learn how to do something, just ask the experts online - for free.
He has been using the digital drawing board starting with a Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch tablet finally settling on the Wacom Cintiq 24HD Creative pen display digital drawing board which is commonly used by many on facebook and Pixar, Disney and Dreamworks. Richard also uses his iPad Pro which is brilliant too; so versatile and convenient. With the iPencil and the Procreate App, any artist would love drawing and painting digitally. Procreate also gives you a final video too.
Year on year, this form of art is becoming more understood and accepted in the art establishment and galleries around the country. Digital artists are starting to be noticed and recognised, especially in the illustration world which covers a whole multitude of form. Take a look around you now. Packaging to your goods, book illustrations, magazines, cards, video covers - one can go on - have mostly been produced by digital means. Richard has included this page on his web site to explain the process further by adding a link to a Wacom video explaining the process of digital painting and step-by-step demonstrations for each of the Chumleys Art genres on offer here: Architectural Illustration; Caricature & Cartoons; Digital Painting; and Fine Art.
Chumleys Art You Tube Channel - You can see much of his art on this web site but see how he produced them by watching the step-by-step video demonstrations on his You Tube Channel by hitting the link above.
In the busy schedule of work and life, Richard tries, like many other artists, to manage my work-life balance. He cannot jump in and create his next piece of art without first practice sketching and getting warmed up. He tries to sketch wherever and whenever he can. He sketches for pure pleasure and for himself, but there are many benefits from a habitual routine of daily sketching for anyone who likes to draw.
The most obvious reason for sketching is to get better at what we do as artists. If you practice something long enough it becomes second nature and your skills refine. Beyond the obvious, it is a great way to focus on areas that need particular work. If he is struggling to get a likeness of someone, he does many thumbnail sketches until he gets it right - he never settles for the first attempt. As you sketch more, you learn from your mistakes and the finished picture will be far better.
His advice to you? Take 10, 15, 20, 30 minutes a day to put pencil to paper, finger to iPad or pen to galaxy Note 3 mobile using Sketchbook (try it, it is fun). Daily sketches should not be about how long it takes you to draw the chosen subject but learning and enjoyment. It is your sketchbook, you do not have to show it anyone - it is for eyes only!
He would also try to join any of the urban sketchers art groups around the cities nationwide - or set one up yourself. They are very popular and you meet many like minded sketchers just like you. Why not give it a try!
This is the digital drawing board he has used since 2012. It is a huge lumbering piece of amazing technology that allows you to draw directly on the screen using a pressure sensitive pen that picks up every nuance of how hard you press, the tilt of the pen, and it is direction within a digital painting programme for my digital palette.
He uses Photoshop software but you can also use many others such as Art Rage, Sketchbook Pro or CorelDRAW programmes.
It has many, many great features but above anything, it is precise and natural — it is a weirdly non-synthetic experience. You are pushing pixels, but it feels like pigment. He has developed oil, acrylic, graphite and pen & ink brushes to paint with.
It is considered the industry standard for hand-drawing in the digital space. From drawing sketchy lines and cross hatching to building up a painting through layers and layers of textural brushstrokes and blending, it is the most important tool in my studio. His only complaint is that it is far from portable, but then he uses an iPencil and iPad Pro when away form the studio or just sketching ideas and concepts but it’s also great to use a good old fashioned sketch-book. Wacom do provide a portable Cintiq but, of course, it is rather expensive.