Halloween Mask – Painting

I started this painting a few days ago with the thought that I wanted to create something a bit different form my normal artwork. To be suitably Halloween themed, I gave the subject matter a more dark and creepy feel. While working on it, I developed a rather detailed back-story for the character, but I’d love to hear your feelings of the piece and what you think it is about.

Halloween Mask Painting by Nicole Cleary

Halloween Mask Painting by Nicole Cleary


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Updated Self-Portrait Painting

self portrait painting (updated) by Nicole Barker

self portrait painting (updated) by Nicole Barker

I recently updated my self-portrait painting based on feedback I had gotten from multiple art websites (behance, deviantart, and Creattica) as well critiques I received from trusted friends. The most notable changes are the shadowing around the nose and the shadowing/texturing on the neck. Below is an example of the before and after.
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Eye – ipad sketch

Eye - ipad sketch by Nicole Barker

Eye - ipad sketch by Nicole Barker

This is the first sketch I ever created on my iPad. I was using the sketchbook pro iPad app and my new pogo stylus. After testing out the way the iPad app registered my brush-strokes, I would highly recommend the sketchbook Pro app, but found the pogo stylus to be inaccurate and cumbersome. It never seemed to paint where I wanted it to on the tablet. Later, I started using the soft-touch stylus and found drawing and painting much easier. Unlike the pogo stylus, it provides much-needed resistance against the tablet’s surface. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is frustrated using their finger or another stylus to paint on their iPad.
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