Contemporary painting & art, digital painting, acrylic & resin

Hello!

I’m Carole Chapuis, a French artist born in 1989 in Besançon, I live and work  in Lugano. (Switzerland)

Self-taught and passionate about art from a very young age, I took my first steps in the art universe attending oil painting classes with a private teacher from a classical and realist background. 

I followed my high school studies in plastic arts and then moved to graphic arts while continuing during these years the practice of arts, especially acrylic painting with portraits and scenes of life that are gradually moving away from classicism.

In 2011, I discover digital painting, and what a game changer! 
Digital painting presents itself to me as freedom! 
The freedom to be able to paint with very little equipment (a graphic tablet and a pen) and from anywhere! It’s being free to start over without wasting paint, without being afraid of making mistakes… 

The approach is different but remains quite similar, I try to transpose my technique from traditional to digital painting, and I work on my screen as if it were a blank canvas.

But little by little, I feel that I am missing something… tangible, I miss the feeling of the brushes between my fingers, the brush strokes on the canvas, the smell of the paint and the final satisfaction of varnishing my paintings!

Divided between two worlds and two loves, my heart sways.I found myself at a crossroads between traditional painting and digital painting.
I chose both.

For me, it is the fusion between modernity and traditional, and it is often this notion of duality that can be found through my paintings.

I work the pixel and keep a brush dipped in traditional!
I create « mixed media » paintings, digital paintings that I print on canvas and then rework them with acrylic, mainly.

There, I hope through these few words you have discovered a little bit of me and my technique!
And I hope to hear from you soon!

Ipad pencil

Hello!

I’m Carole Chapuis, a French artist born in 1989 in Besançon, I live and work  in Lugano. (Switzerland)

Self-taught and passionate about art from a very young age, I took my first steps in the art universe attending oil painting classes with a private teacher from a classical and realist background.

I followed my high school studies in plastic arts and then moved to graphic arts while continuing during these years the practice of arts, especially acrylic painting with portraits and scenes of life that are gradually moving away from classicism.

In 2011, I discover digital painting, and what a game changer!

Digital painting presents itself to me as freedom!
The freedom to be able to paint with very little equipment (a graphic tablet and a pen) and from anywhere! It’s being free to start over without wasting paint, without being afraid of making mistakes…
The approach is different but remains quite similar, I try to transpose my technique from traditional to digital painting, and I work on my screen as if it were a blank canvas.

Ipad pencil

But little by little, I feel that I am missing something… tangible, I miss the feeling of the brushes between my fingers, the brush strokes on the canvas, the smell of the paint and the final satisfaction of varnishing my paintings!

Divided between two worlds and two loves, my heart sways.
I found myself at a crossroads between traditional painting and digital painting.
I chose both.

For me, it is the fusion between modernity and traditional, and it is often this notion of duality that can be found through my paintings.

I work the pixel and keep a brush dipped in traditional!
I create « mixed media » paintings, digital paintings that I print on canvas and then rework them with acrylic, mainly.

There, I hope through these few words you have discovered a little bit of me and my technique!
And I hope to hear from you soon!

Carole

Behind the scenes

Step 1

The first step of my process for the mixed media paintings is: digital painting!
At the moment i mostly use Procreate which is an Ipad App, but i can also use Photoshop and a wacom tablet.

First step: digital painting
Breathe digital painting
First step: digital painting
Breathe digital painting
Step 2

Once the digital painting done, I print it on canvas.
At that step I start reworking it with acrylic painting to shape it a bit, give it texture and life…

Step 3

The last step!
I apply several coats of satin varnish, to give a nice finish to the painting.
Once dry, I apply a glossy resin on some areas of the painting to highlight them and create a nice contrast with the matte part.
This resin part is optional, it depends on the paintings and the effect I want to create!
All my paintings are made to order so it’s actually up to you and your personal preference!

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