Pixel Painted Art

I have taken photos most of my life and I have created digital art for over twenty years. The endless digital photo art opportunities in today's digital space made possible with the latest software advancements provide me with unique opportunities to combine my creative inspiration with photographic sources. This ability to further express myself beyond the capture of a photo is becoming more apparent in a large amount of my work. 

Majestic Bald Eagle by Adrian McGarry. Created in Corel Painter. ©Adrian McGarry.

Majestic Bald Eagle by Adrian McGarry. Created in Corel Painter. ©Adrian McGarry.

For a long while I have created digital art using brushstrokes and textures with software such as Corel Painter. Though my art is based on a photographic source, I prefer creating an image from scratch and building textures from within rather than letting computer algorithms decide the outcome. The process is very similar to the way a traditional artist works.

More recently, I have begun experimenting with the wide range of artistic apps available on on Apple's iOS system. I have developed a workflow that 'stacks' results from various apps, finally merging into a single composite piece.

Manchester Cities of Hope Tribute by Adrian McGarry. Created with iOS apps. © Adrian McGarry.

Manchester Cities of Hope Tribute by Adrian McGarry. Created with iOS apps. © Adrian McGarry.

I'm constantly asked "why"? I create these images in an attempt to further express myself beyond the capture of the original photo. I may want to create a mood or atmosphere that wasn't possible to portray when taking a photograph. I also like to 'tell stories' in some of my images, capturing everyday life and concentrating on current themes. 

My images are usually a transformation of one or more of my photographs and sometimes are a fusion of multiple elements from my shots. I refer to these images as 'Pixel Painted'. I recreate each pixel in an image by hand, utilising digital paint media to express myself in the overall appearance as it takes on a painted look. The ambiance of an image will change and I can allow my imagination to play a much greater role in the final result. I don't rely on 'one-stop' painting filters or apps on the images, I prefer recreating the image from scratch and building textures from within rather than letting computer algorithms decide the outcome. Over the years I have painted in traditional oils, acrylic and watercolour and this experience helps me when creating digital art.

Manchester Worker Bee by Adrian McGarry. © Adrian McGarry.

Manchester Worker Bee by Adrian McGarry. © Adrian McGarry.

My style varies with mood, inspiration and technique. I create very fine detail pieces such as is evident in my wildlife images yet I am equally compelled to create loose, impressionist or abstract work.

My Pixel Painted Art Gallery can be viewed here.