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When I first saw the Pope Francis "Person Of The Year 2013" Time Magazine cover, I assumed it was a photograph that had been run thru a series of Photoshop filters to simulate an illustration. When I learned it was a digital painting that had been done from scratch on a computer, I was astounded.
Jason Seiler is the amazing artist who did the Pope Francis portrait. He also painted portraits of Edward Snowden and Nelson Mandela for the same issue of Time.
Seiler strives to give his digital paintings a realistic, traditional canvas look:
"Mixing color digitally is done basically the same way it is done traditionally, only easier and quicker. I enjoy finding a thumbprint on a painting or seeing loose hairs from a paintbrush entombed forever in the art. I purposely leave brush marks visible, knowing that as long as the lighting and values are correct, the painting will still have a very realistic look and quality alongside its traditional feel."
Seiler's work demonstrates the almost limitless possibilities of digital art. And that's extremely good news for other digital artists like myself, who work either entirely or in part on a computer.