This Fall I've been teaching a traditional illustration class, as well as, digital computer graphic classes. Going back and forth between medias allowed me to do this exercise.
The sketch and acrylic painting were use as a class demo for acrylic paints, while the digital version was used for my photoshop class, this exercise for me, allowed me to understand how to achieve a traditional paint look but rendered digitally. This experiment was something I need to do, and have wanted to do but never found the right time.
I was toying with doing yet another version in gouache, my old favorite paint, since I've been favoring acrylic paints. Both paintings are small, fitting on a letter sized paper. The difference would be in time, the traditional took me longer.
As far as technique, for the most part I've use under-painting in both. The traditional was cad. red and the digital was orange, reds and yellows. I've began using a heck more texture in my digital works.
© Heidi Younger
Below using his superpowers, Brazilian, Japanese illustrator Milton Tranjano translated my garden piece.