I consider something a drawing when the image is primarily communicated with line, even if it is fleshed out with a painterly application of color. Drawing is a versatile skill, perfect for just getting ideas down on paper, recording what I see, or laying out a design. But it is more than a means to an end. Drawing to me is an end in and of itself.
Drawing is my primary mode of communication, my happy place, my comfort zone. Painting comes in a strong second mostly because I love color and can't get enough of it.
When I want a bold, painterly look with rich, saturated color, I reach for gouache. I love it's flexibility and brilliance. Thinned to a wash it retains the saturation only pure pigment can deliver. Spread in thick, opaque layers of brilliant color, it provides print-like contrast and crispness.
Yes, I am a classically trained Printmaker. This is good old fashioned printmaking as Gutenburg intended, A to Zinc. In order of appearance you will see Stone Lithography, Silkscreen, and Copperplate and Zinc plate etching.
Sometimes an idea calls for something a little different, more than once. I like collage for expressing ideas that have texture, or that provoke mixed emotions. Collage and mixed media allows for visual juxtapositions that reflect conceptual ones.
Most of my digital work begins with drawing, and almost all of it retains a human touch. I scan in original artwork to build on, draw with a Wacom tablet, and whenever possible I create my own vectors.
I consider it a painting when it is a work of pure color. My underpaintings usually consist of shapes and negative space and I work up from there in layers. Oil painting and chalk pastel are not that different for me process-wise, because both involve the gradual accretion of pigment.
In oil I tend to employ glazes to achieve luminosity and depth. I love the way oil paint moves on a canvas, and though I do also work with acrylics I just never enjoy the experience quite as much.
When painting with chalk pastel I scumble contrasting colors over one another to achieve visual dimension. Chalk pastel is glorious because of it's vividness. It is pure pigment, pure and simple. I love that it can be hard or soft, rough or smooth.
Watercolor is my most versatile tool. It can be used to accent or augment other media, as well as being an excellent choice outright, providing a visual range on par, but distinct from, gouache. It can be delicate, bold, crisp, or soft. It can stun with vivid brilliance and fade with a sigh into a dewy distance.
I love the marriage of word and image that takes place with greeting cards and inspirational or aspirational decorative art. I look at it like a modern day equivalent to illuminated text. It's a pure synthesis of illustration and written word, and I love playing around with it whether the message is sweet or sassy, tender or playful.
Wordless images can speak volumes as well, and for greeting cards are especially useful. No one can say it better than you, but the image can help set the mood.
Words made by hand. The old fashioned way.