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Artist | Professional | Artisan Crafts
United States
I am a Costume Designer from San Diego. I teach at a local university, and design and build costumes for them. I also try to work on my own projects such as my Fairy Tale series of women's vests, my personal digital artwork, and my map-making and cartography endeavors I do for fun. These include everything from wallpapers for one's desktop to crepe-paper display heads.

I have a vast collection of poses and rendering examples in my favorites collection that I am gathering as inspiration for my various costume designs and my personal artistic development practicing costume rendering. I sometimes favorite individual examples so I can link back to the artist's page. While most digital renderings are far too detailed and specific to be practical to actually illustrate in the theatrical costume design process (way too much time to execute), I've found that many works provide wonderful examples of stylistic ingenuity as well as conquering specific illustrative quandaries that I find inspirational and informative for my own endeavors.

I also have a small sample of my own work on multiple shows and projects. I've found I really enjoy the digital art side of working in Photoshop, so I've been finding excuses to use the program more and more on a variety of endeavors both personal and professional. You can find some examples of that in my Gallery. More can be found on my portfolio sight linked below.

In the end, it's important to remember that it's not the renderings that are my particular artistic expression but the costume that results from its use as a tool in the process. Costume Design is about what appears on stage with the collaboration of other designers, actors and technicians, not on the piece of paper. But creating a rendering that is both stylistically interesting and clear goes a LONG way to engendering faith, trust, and understanding in the collaborative theatre-making process. Learning how to draw and looking at the work of others is important.

So that's why I'm here. Thanks for letting me favorite your stuff!!! :)


The Path Revealed
So I think I finally figured out where these "paintings" fit.

I had to dig around the internet quite a bit, and it's obvious that these things I'm making aren't clearly categorized.  There are some  delineations between different forms of digital art that I didn't realize. 

For example, to create a Photomanipulation one requires multiple photographic sources to be combined into one.  This can mean textural overlays and collageing-together several segments, etc.

Digital painting is done from scratch--more like concept paintings where there are inspirational images used as reference but not used as actual source images.  This is about the application of "paint" using a variety of brushes.

So I've learned that my work is called "PhotoArt".  It takes a single photographic source image and changes it through various means to create an image that, ideally, ends up looking non-photographic.  This can be done in many ways with a variety of different results, but generally there is a painterly/artistic feel to the image without being an actual painting from scratch.  Most often it emulates traditional art genres and styles.

I *also* learned that PhotoArt is often derided as amateurish because it seems too easily accomplished with simple filters and actions that too often don't require an artistic eye.  Sometimes PhotoArt is reduced to simplistic "anyone can do it" button-pushing that implies computer algorithms do all the work, that there is no artistry involved, and the time required to produce one is negligible.

Do you even KNOW how long it took me to figure this out?  Weeks. 

Did you know there aren't really many groups on DeviantArt to support this particular kind of digital artwork?  That it often gets lumped into different categories out of necessity and critically assessed using criteria that isn't relevant to this type of work?  That people really can't tell when a layer filter is being used and when an artist has actually manipulated an image purposefully and decisively?  That the capacity to discern what is a simple filter process versus something that involves actual artistic choice and expression is sorely lacking in many group curating processes?

I was taken aback.

So on DeviantArt, this kind of work is mostly categorized under Digital Art > Mixed Media.  Not Digital Art  >Photomanipulation, or Digital Art > Painting.  Even though it straddles both those worlds, it doesn't fit either.

And I learned I'm not alone.  There are many artists out there that specialize in doing this kind of work through portraits, landscapes, and still life--all creating beautiful work using photographic source images that they alter and change and manipulate and paint over to such a degree that the image become something different.  It becomes expressive in a different way.  It becomes "Theatricalized" in some ways because of the artists editing process that includes some details and not others and expresses them in specific ways using the wide variety of tools available in digital art programs...

I'm so excited I finally found a way to articulate what I've been doing.  I'm so happy to find a term that fits my incoherent attempts to express myself.  I've finally found others that are doing more than using simple filters. 

It's very heartening.  :)
Jungle Falls
This is a larger version of the waterfall painting I created from a public domain, non-attribution photo.  Done entirely in Photoshop using methods taught by the artist Tim Shelbourne, the piece is much much darker than the original source image (as seen below).  The original image can be found here:…

The heavy texture of the surface and the subtle impasto painting effects (rendered using a Bevel and Emboss layer style) sandwich several layers of painting using Layer Masks and textured brushes.  The ultimate impact is, hopefully, a jungle scene that is both idyllic and darkly mysterious.

Jungle Falls Using Layer Masks by Coreyartus 


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wiwaldi24 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Watch by wiwaldi24  
LoloAgain Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017
Thank you for the watch:D (Big Grin) 
RVHochman Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the watch! :D
no--ri Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017
Thank you for the watch~!:happybounce: 
SiwySzczur Featured By Owner May 25, 2017
Nice gallery:)
Coreyartus Featured By Owner May 26, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much!
SiwySzczur Featured By Owner May 26, 2017
No problem, I like good art:) I invite you to my gallery:)If you like my work, watch me :)
Null-Entity Featured By Owner May 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou Kindly For The Watch :D
Chibivi-Linearts Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! Thank you so much for the :+fav: of

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I'm glad you like my work!
This lines are free to color by the way. ^.~
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skycladarts Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Professional General Artist
Many thanks for the :+fav:s :)
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