John Abbott Nez / Commission
Commissioner: Sterling Publishing
Date of publication / release: 21.09.2011

I've been having almost too much fun working on a new book for Sterling Publishing.  The title of the book is 'The 12 Days of Christmas in Washington', a very fun travel book. 
The joy of this new approach to artwork has been to explore the possibilities of merging real paint and digital paints.  My new Mac Pro has been key in this project, since the amount of computing required was beyond my previous machine.  Digital art is challenging... it makes an artist think in new ways.

The writing was challenging but fun.  I had to create a puzzle where all the elements fit into a storyline that takes the reader on a trip around Washington state.  It was much more challenging than I originally thought.

Doing the digital art was challenging as well.  As it felt like I was creating color depths that I'd never been able to capture with just acrylic paints.

Digital art can be novel, at least it is for me. There are things that which become possible which I've never been able to do with real paints.  Digital art is problem solving... it requires new learning curves and improvising new solutions.

The discovery of various paint brushes and pioneering a new technique has been wonderful.  I can con...

Attached images:
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Snowshoes in winter
going green & solar energy
Cowboys
Digital styles
Cowboys singing & dancing
Twins are different
Stella book cover
French Toast Dance
Hugs
Spring!
Jungle Story
'Cromwell Dixon's Sky-Cycle'