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Owen Bell

Freelance Digital Artist & Nature Animal Illustrator

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Em Gee - Gave 1 kudo
Said "Thanks for popping by Owen and for the Kudos....I was away painting and forgot to top up my account, so my portfolio was down also, but have fixed it now. I have to get off the net to really live and breathe and paint fullon....Your work is as always....AMAZING!!!" to Owen Bell
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Em Gee - Gave 1 kudo
Said "Pure Mastery flows throughout your amazing portfolio Owen!! Spellbinding and there are no words to describe what lies purely before our eyes!! You are a Master of the game and truly gifted and it was such a joy to feel your passion for the wonderful creatures of the world. I love it all and off to check out your utube as always love to watch people create 'magic'!! Always an honor to meet another Aussie on here, Have a really great day and thanks for the total inspiration!!" to Owen Bell
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Em Gee - Over 30 days ago
Hope you are going great in your part of Aussi:Owen. Always blown away by your amazing and inspirational artworks!! .Ever WOWED!! Have a ripper of a day my gifted friend!! Couldn't message the wall as out of kudos fpr there Owen................
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This is not a photo or photomanip. It is a digital painting created using Corel Painter vX in conjunction with a Wacom Touch graphics tablet and stylus. Photos were used for reference only.
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Em Gee - Over 30 days ago
Another breathtaking artwork Owen:))
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This is not a photo or photomanip. It is a digital painting created using Corel Painter vX in conjunction with a Wacom Touch graphics tablet and stylus. Photos were used for reference only.
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Em Gee - Over 30 days ago
All are amazing....and the detail is simply fantastic!!!!
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Digital painting (NOT A PHOTOGRAPH OR PHOTOMANIP) created using Corel Painter v X in conjunction with a Wacom Touch graphics tablet. Photos used for reference only.
Over 30 days ago -
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Em Gee - Over 30 days ago
Masterful!!!
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Digital painting (NOT A PHOTOGRAPH OR PHOTOMANIP) created using Corel Painter v X in conjunction with a Wacom Touch tablet and stylus. The photo I used as ref was taken in my back yard using my iPhone. I painted it just to see if I could. I think it came out ok.
Over 30 days ago -
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Em Gee - Over 30 days ago
WOW!! You have more patience that I have in Owen...and YES...it turned out brilliant!!!! SKILL!!!!!!
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Digital painting (NOT A PHOTOGRAPH OR PHOTOMANIP) created using Corel Painter vX in conjuction with a Wacom Touch tablet and stylus. Photos were used for ref only.
Over 30 days ago -
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Roberto M. Suarez - Over 30 days ago
Fantastic job!
Em Gee - Over 30 days ago
Stunning and such a darling sitter!!! Those eyes are brilliant!!
Winifred Whitfield - Gave 1 kudo
Said "Absolutely over the top!!" to Owen Bell
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Owen Bell - Over 30 days ago
Thank you Winifred. Sorry taking so long to reply X
Lourius86 - Gave 1 kudo
Said "Great work, really amzing" to Owen Bell
Over 30 days ago -
Owen Bell - Over 30 days ago
Thank you. Sorry I took so long to reply
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Digital painting (NOT A PHOTOGRAPH OR PHOTOMANIP) created using Corel Painter vX and a Wacom Touch graphics tablet. Photos were used for ref ONLY. The ref photo for the background was taken by myself on my iPhone. The painting of it took twenty hours and the eagle took roughly the same time.
Over 30 days ago -
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Demaris M. Jarvis - Over 30 days ago
Awesome!!
Owen Bell - Over 30 days ago
Thanks! Sometimes, the combination of two elements in this case the eagle and the background just click. The sky was painted based on a photo I took in my back yard on my iPhone and wasn't originally intended to be used with the eagle.
Jerry Aldonzar - Over 30 days ago
dramatic
Danner James - Over 30 days ago
Nice!
VSeeN - Over 30 days ago
Wow! That's amazing!
Em Gee - Over 30 days ago
As we say out here ...Fan bloody tastic!!!!
Em Gee - Over 30 days ago
I saw how long this took to paint, That takes enormous patience and skill!! Hats off to you Owen as they are all brilliant and even better,....all the wonderful animals that I love too....
Patrick Siwik - Gave 1 kudo
Said "Nice work Owen. Gave 10 kudos in portfolio." to Owen Bell
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Owen Bell - Over 30 days ago
Thank you Patrick. Sorry I took so long to reply.
Paris English - Gave 1 kudo
Said "Great work!!!!" to Owen Bell
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Owen Bell - Over 30 days ago
Thank you. Sorry I took so long to reply
Marci - Gave 1 kudo
Said "Hiya Owen! Your un-trad artistic bent is so absolutely beautiful. Wow! Isn't it a great thing when technology and fine minds meet? Shine on my friend!!" to Owen Bell
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Owen Bell - Over 30 days ago
Thank you Marci, that is very kind of you. Sorry I took so long replying X
Marci - Over 30 days ago
'Allo Owen..'tis no need for apologies mon ami..We are all busy living our lives, creating with passion, and such..I understand all this because I too have so many projects going on and soon to come..whew..I'm just sayin'..have a most wonderful and inspired day mon ami!
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Derek Cook - Gave 1 kudo
Said "Awesome works here Owen!. I ran out of Kudos!!" to Owen Bell
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Owen Bell - Over 30 days ago
Thanks Derek. Very kind of you. Glad you like the work.
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Digital painting (NOT A PHOTOGRAPH OR PHOTOMANIP) created using Corel Painter vX and Wacom Touch graphics tablet.
Over 30 days ago -
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Deborah M Harquail - Over 30 days ago
Very nice, what kind of work is this please?
Owen Bell - Over 30 days ago
It was painted on computer using Corel Painter vX in much the same way I would have painted it years ago using trad media. It is not a manipulated photo. I only use photos as reference material. I start with a line drawing and literally 'color it in', using a number of layers and only two or three brush types. For example, the background, frog and branch are all on separate layers. Even parts of the frog are on their own layers, like the eyes and the rear leg, More complex pieces can have up to 30 or more layers, which are eventually collapsed into one. Working in layers allows a lot more flexibility in adjusting tone, focus and contrast in very specific areas. This took around 3 days to paint, I have a lot of trouble convincing people who haven't actually watched me work, that my work isn't photographs. I hope that clarifies.
Deborah M Harquail - Over 30 days ago
I thank you for your explaination. I am a fairly new artist on the block, self taught in watercolor and have had some classes in Oil. I know nothing about painting using technology on the pc. I just love this work you did and the others as well. You are an amazing artist. I can see layers and it looks so creative and has a 3D quality to it. Thanks again. :o)
Owen Bell - Over 30 days ago
Don't be intimidated by the prospect Deborah. Its no more difficult than using trad media, in fact, in may respects, it's a lot easier. You don't need to know the program inside out. I know practically nothing about most of what Painter has to offer, but I can still come up with a pleasing result using just a handful of tools. You just need to get a decent graphics tablet with a pressure sensitive stylus (those made by Wacom are best). Don't try and paint or draw with a mouse. That's not what they were designed for and attempting to do so will give you rsi and the resulting artwork won't be very satisfactory either. Download a 'trial' version of painter and have a play around! Best of luck. O X
Owen Bell - Over 30 days ago
Make that 'many respects'!
Deborah M Harquail - Over 30 days ago
:o) So encouraging, you are!
Em Gee - Over 30 days ago
I love this darling frog, and better still is how you embrace all the young ones with your knowledge. Mark of a great artist to encourage the spirits of all . I do laugh at your repeatedly saying they are not photos...and I can totally see why! All round great and inspirational artist and artworks Owen!! You are a true blue my friend!!
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Updated location to Quinn's Rocks, Western Australia, Australia.
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Digital painting (NOT A PHOTOGRAPH OR PHOTOMANIP) created for postage stamp for WWF Stamp Collection.
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Digital painting created for The Jugalug Stringband 'Waltz Mysterioso' cd liner
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About Me:
I am professional illustrator with over 35 years experience. Some years ago, I was responsible for revamping Thomas the Tank Engine’s image and for creating all the artwork for the worldwide merchandise, including over 30 books, for Random House (NY) and Heinemann (UK). This work was done under the pseudonym ‘Owain Bell’ and some can still be found on the Net. I worked on this character between the years 1986 and 1996
I have been working exclusively digitally for around 8 years. I work in a ‘photorealistic’ style, using Corel Painter (vX) in conjunction with a Wacom 'Touch' tablet and pressure sensitive stylus. Although my work is often mistaken for photographs, I do not use photographs for anything other than reference. All artwork is painted in the same way as with traditional media....
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Quinn's Rocks, Western Australia, Australia