Welcome to Trubright Creative, formerly Trubright d’Art, or Digital Art. I’ve since added paintings, and digital art became too limiting.
Digital Gen. 1 – ArtMatic and the Neurogravure Series
For many years my digital artworks were created exclusively with ArtMatic Pro by U&I Software, a process not unlike musical synthesis. I would start off with a promising idea and then tweak it using sliders and parameter settings until something good happened. Occasionally I hit a random image button and stumbled on a promising image but that was rare. I could take hours to find something even remotely useful, which belied the software’s name: the was nothing automatic about it!
Digital Gen. 2 – App Art
After the iPad came out, I began using apps to drawing directly on the tablet or mangle photographs. I use OmniSketch, Procreate, Snapseed, Brushes Redux, Tangled FX, Percolate, Frax and others. I created a portfolio called App Art to show them off.
I started drawing as a small child and kept it up until high school when I spent more and more time studying music. For years I thought that I would get back to visual art but I didn’t know which direction to go in. One night my wife, a friend and I rented a movie about Picasso which I’m pretty sure was this one. Seeing his process was a revelation to me; I would have to be fearless before the blank paper. I decided that every attempt was just that, an attempt. There was nothing that couldn’t be thrown out or started over. This freed me up to experiment.
The first thing I did was to go back to the ink and watercolor drawings that I had done as a kid. I started with a pencil sketch and went over it with india ink. After cleaning up the drawing with an eraser, I painted it with watercolor. They were semi-abstract but with hard edges and defined colors – somewhat cartoony. I did a lot of them in all sizes. I now refer to them as Analog Gen 1. Eventually I started painting parts of them with acrylic paint so they became “mixed media” on paper. I now call that period Analog Gen 2. Finally I jumped entirely to paint and started experimenting with abstraction, which led in a tortuous path to the Sticking Series, or Analog Gen. 3.
My latest series is called Dog Bark Park, which are dog portraits. I use OmniSketch, Procreate and other apps to draw the pups.
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