Busy Berry Season & Digital Bugs

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strawberry raspberry acerola pattern
I got overwhelmed with a new style these days. I am playing with digital art images in Adobe Illustrator. My digital art so far looks pretty much as my watercolors. And of course, the first subjects that I was playing with, were berries.

I first made digital Strawberries:
Then I created Raspberries:
And then, I thought about exotic berry that is called Acerola:
It was fun to add digital colors into my new creations. 
They do look like my watercolors that I’d paint by hand thought.

 And, in reality, there is no digital art ever existed that would be without an artist’s creative touch. 

My other super digital art started for example with drawing (by hand of course) funny looking bugs. Then I applied a few filters in Adobe Illustrator, and filled with digital color. 

Here is the example:

These cute bugs are just asking to jump into some children book.
 🙂
Cheers from 

Copying Old Masters

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My teachers used to say: “Copy Old School masters and you will learn how to paint better”. I agree. When we look at the old paintings and try to copy we go inch by inch and transform the artist’s knowledge from what you see into what you think and how you think it was made.

When I lived in Russia I always saw art students painting fragments of the famous paintings in the museums. And last time in Paris, I saw a couple of artists painting a relatively huge canvases in Louvre. It must be hard to paint when thousands of people watching you during the day! I prefer good quality photos (though I wouldn’t mind to go to Paris again 🙂
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The piece you see above is my try. The challenge was that I had to transform oil painting (a fragment) into a watercolor “reading”.. I loved to paint grapes on this one and small bugs too..
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8″x9″ Watercolor on 140 lb Cold Pressed Arches