Robert Hughes

Bootle, Merseyside

I am a self-taught artist and I have been painting and drawing for as long as I can remember, I paint traditional subjects but specialise in portraiture.

My favourite medium is oil paints but I am familiar with most other mediums including coloured pencils, pastel pencils, pastel, etc.

These last couple of years have seen a major change in my way of painting partially due to the limited amount of space I have at home, my new medium is “Digital� painting with pixels if you like, now my workstation comprises of an office desk, a G5 PowerMac computer, two monitors, a Wacom Intuos graphics tablet and a printer with a facility to print directly onto printable CDs or DVDs The software packages I use are; Adobe CS 2.3 which includes Photoshop which is the application I use to paint with as well as many other interesting things, and Corel Painter X this is my preferred application for painting digitally.

Rather than print artwork onto my own printer which is too small for what I do anyway I send my finished artwork by email using an application called Pando to a professional printer who uses the printing methods called “Giclee� to print onto canvas and top quality papers, size is also not an issue, a maximum of 40 inches high to any length. You can send large files upto 3 GIG using Pando, for more details regarding this application, go to:www.pando.com Does all this new technology mean that I have given up on the traditional mediums altogether? not on your life, if anything it has given me more power to express myself.

When I am teaching I still use traditional mediums such as oils, watercolour, pastel pencils, pastels, pencil and the wonderful new acrylic paint called "Atelier Interactive"etc., after all, what is art? …it's creating images using any material you can lay your hands on isn't it?

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Media

Acrylics, Coloured pencils, Drawing, Gouache, Oil, Oil pastel, Pastel, Pen And Ink, Pen And Wash, Pencil/Charcoal, Printing, Water soluble pastels, Watercolour, Watercolour Pencil

Subjects

Animal or Wildlife, Landscape or Woodland Scene, Portrait or Figure, Still Life, Townscape or Streetscene