About | Oil Painting | Digital


Digital Painting

Painting Digitally alongside his traditional work, John has experimented with the media for close to 10 years.

The primary tools used for producing digital painting are pencil and paper, Corel Painter, Affinity Photo & Adobe Photoshop.

The content of the images embraces John's interest in science fiction, in particular time travel. The content and preciseness available in digital often contrasts the more expressive and domestic content of the oil painted works - however this is what the digital medium appears best placed to achieve.

John has been specifically commissoned to produce digital work which has included cover art, comic book illustration and colourisation and most recently for the Garden City Postcard project in 2017.

Please get in contact if you would like to purchase prints of digital works, project collaboration/support or commission something new.

Digital Process

There are two main approaches which are used in John's Digital work:

The Digital Painting starts as either a pencil or digital sketch. These works are constructed with the bare bones of the image layed down at this stage. They are then developed with some references. The digital paintings are then worked and re-worked in a very similar way to a traditional oil painting with layers, gradually refining the image over the course of the painting with blending and finer brushes.

'Digital Painting Process

In the Photo-Based work, the starting point is a photograph. The photograph is then manipulated digitally, which includes both digital painting and retouching of the original image. Some parts of the photo maybe removed and replaced (either by other photographic information or digital painting), again making use of layers.

'Photo Artwork Process

Both processes are created using software (typically Corel Painter, Adobe Photoshop or Affinity Photo) with hardware - a tablet and stylus using digital brushes within the program.

Traditional vs Digital

The end result of a digital artwork is either a digital file (Jpeg, TIFF, PNG etc) or as a print. An oil painting ends up on canvas and can be digitally captured to make a print. The digital painting itself can take just as long, but there are no brushes to clean up, the layers are easily changed and there is Undo! Iterations of digital works can also be saved so it is possible to go back to an earlier version. Although the Giclee prints are excellent, they are not quite as rich as the finish of an oil painting.


Over the last 3 years I have been involved in creating both print and web graphics commercially. This has included the use of Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW and Affinity Designer.