This fun sci-fi alien DJ logo was produced using a Bamboo Graphics Tablet, and GIMP. I usually do digital painting in MyPaint, but this logo was intended to be reproduced at a smaller site, perhaps as an avatar for a games forum or something similar. At such a small size the subtle effects produced by MyPaint – which is similar to the more famous, but slightly more costly, ArtRage – would be out of place. I wanted nice bold colours and lines, and GIMP is perfect for producing strokes like that with its bog-standard default brush.
Of course the more I experiment with the graphics tablet, GIMP and digital painting the more I learn. A simple image like this one, with just one machine and a background, and with not too much going on can be painted quite quickly, and that's something I'm very interested in at the moment as I update and build my portfolio.
I produced this image two or three years ago, but I only had a low-resolution version left on my drive. I needed all my image thumbnails to link to a page like this with a larger version of the image and a little bit of text about the thinking behind it and so I had to redo the lines with GIMP to get rid of the nasty rasterised edges that the small version of the logo had.
At the same time I added a copyright and signature, it's something I'm trying to remember to do with all the art I create now. Every painting on the website should now have a copyright notice somewhere on it.