Hi, I'm RA Murphy
I work as Digital Artist, Designer, and Online Teacher. art course developer/presenter. You can find examples of my work on this site. And if you’re interested, I can show how you can make digital art. It’s fun, easy – and rewarding!
I make art digitally and help others learn how.This is my home site and where I write about the creative process and the impact that technology has had on it.
Hi! I'm RA Murphy
I’m a digital artist, designer, and teacher. On this site, you can learn digital art techniques and skills.
Whether you’re just getting started or you already have experience, you should find plenty of helpful information here. I offer everything from quick How To articles to eBooks, Tutorial Videos, and Online Courses.
I also write about the creative, technical, and business aspects of working as a digital artist, including how to sell your art.
What Is Digital Art?
Digital Art is any art made using digital technology – using a computer, iPad, even your mobile phone. Most folks are familiar with the digital art appearing in entertainment. The illustrations, animations, and graphics used in movies, TV, games, and more are all forms of digital art.
My focus, however, is on “Surface Art.” I create artworks and pattern designs for display or decoration. The art I create takes the form of a digital file. The file is then usually printed on paper, canvas, cloth, or other ground. It can even be used to print on objects like cups or phone cases.
Why Is It So Popular?
The whole world of art is wide open for digital artists. Every medium – oils, acrylics, watercolors, pen and pencil, ink, – everything is possible. And artists work in every style, from realistic to impressionistic to abstract; and tackle every subject: nature, portraits, architecture, mandelas. Almost every traditional art form can be emulated digitally.
For this reason, digital art is wonderfully freeing for the artist. The skills and knowledge gained in one medium transfer easily to every other. You get the freedom to pursue what makes you happy!
What Tools Do You Need?
The tools you need are simple – just an app and a device to run it on. That’s right – You can make art with nothing more than your phone – many artists do – and a free app. You can also use a lap- or desktop computer. An iPad is the tool of choice for many digital artists once they discover how much they enjoy it. The point is, you can likely get started with whatever you have. I’ve got lists of free and low cost solutions I can recommend right here on the site. You can trade up as you learn more and decide to. And if you sell your art, you may even earn the cost of equipment.
What's Here for You?
Whether you’re new to digital art, or already experienced as a professional, I think you’ll find helpful information on this site. I do my best to stay current on updates and new features of the apps and equipment I cover. As a working artist myself, I use the information I publish.
But I’m not that far removed from the early days either. I keep things understandable for those who are just starting with digital art. There’s lots of information here on the site. And if you decide you want to take it further, you’ll find links to my courses, books and videos.
Recent How-To Articles
Digital photographs and traditional watercolor paintings might seem to have little in common: one is composed of rigid pixels; the other is created through fluid
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