“I think the day that you think you’ve cracked it is the day you’re NOT going to be an artist.“
~ Phil Galloway
ArtRage artist Phil Galloway always wanted to make a career out of his paintings and drawings.
But it was a chance conversation on Twitter that led to him discovering a whole new way of making art…and finding the creative opportunities he’d been looking for.
ArtRage Artist Phil Galloway – His Creative Journey
Although he’s become known for his digital art, Phil comes from a fine art background originally and studied his Masters in The History of Art at Aberdeen University and The British Institute of Florence.
However, like many artists, Phil didn’t immediately get to the stage where he could give up the day job and devote all his time to painting and drawing.
He says: “I’ve always been a fine artist while doing other jobs, I suppose. Everyone was telling me ‘You should be an artist, Phil! What are you doing with yourself?!’”
And then, completely by chance, he suddenly found himself one step closer to fulfilling his dream. And it all started with a single tweet moaning about wanting a new mobile phone after a beer or two…
He laughs: “I was getting annoyed with the phone I had, so I had a moan about it on Twitter. Then Nokia Lumia got in touch and asked me if I wanted to try their new phone out! And it was there, on the Lumia 1520’s big screen, that I had my first go at digital painting.”
That moment, which Phil describes as a ‘game-changer’. was just two years ago.
And since then, he’s done more work with Microsoft which has led to other opportunities and enabled Phil to give up his day job and become a full-time artist.
However, like all artists, Phil is constantly discovering new techniques and ways of using his choice of software to get the best possible results.
As he says: “The day that you think you’ve cracked it is the day you’re not going to be an artist!”
Digital portrait of Francis Bacon by Phil Galloway
Digital portrait of Lucien Freud by Phil Galloway
Digital portrait of David Hockney by Phil Galloway
Digital portrait of Willem de Kooning by Phil Galloway
Here are some of the questions we asked Phil Galloway in this week’s podcast:
- How do you start a digital painting?
- How does other software compare to ArtRage?
- How long does each painting take to finish?
- Can you ever know absolutely everything about making art?
- What’s the ArtRage and digital art community like?
- What should you do if you’re new to digital art?
You’ll find the answers to these and many more questions in this week’s podcast.
We hope hearing the story of ArtRage artist Phil Galloway helps inspire you to pursue your dreams of a creative career.
Because just one small moment in time (like a tweet or a chance conversation) can be all it takes to change your life.
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