Thursday, June 8, 2023

Hughes, Bob

Bob Hughes
Traditional Painting; Digital Painting, Sculpture, Drawings, Photograph


Bob Hughes


Education: BA (Hon) Graphic Art, FAETC 7307, City & Guilds Photoshop, Desktop Publishing

Occupation: Traditional and Digital Artist / Sessional Art Tutor for Liverpool Adult Learning Services.  Demonstrator for Chroma’s Atelier Interactive Acrylics to Art Clubs / Societies / Groups and Small Businesses in the North West of the UK and Wales

Traditional Painting; Digital Painting, Sculpture, Drawings, Photography

I am a self-taught artist and I have been painting and drawing for as long as I can remember, I paint traditional subjects but specialise in portraiture. My favourite medium is oil paints but I am familiar with most other mediums including watercolour, acrylic, coloured pencils, pastel pencils, pastel, etc. 

These last couple of years have seen a major change in my way of painting partially due to the limited amount of space I have at home, my new medium is “Digital” painting with pixels if you like, now my workstation comprises of a solid office desk, a G5 PowerMac computer, two monitors, a Wacom Intuos graphics tablet and an A4 printer with a facility to print directly onto printable CDs or DVDs.

The software packages I use are; Adobe CS 2.3 which includes Photoshop the application I use to paint with as well as many other interesting things, and Corel Painter IX.5 the main source for painting.

Rather than print artwork onto my own printer which is too small for what I do anyway I send my finished artwork on a CD to a professional printer who uses the latest printing technology called “Gouttelette” pronounced “Goo-ta-lay” the next generation up from “Giclee” to print onto canvas and top quality papers, size is also not too much of an issue, a maximum of 40 inches high to any length.

Does all this new technology mean that I have given up on the traditional mediums altogether? not on your life, if anything it has given me more power to express myself. When I am teaching I still use traditional mediums such as watercolour, pastel pencils, pastels, pencil etc, after all, what is art? …it’s creating images using any material you can lay your hands on, isn’t it…?



gallery: all images are copyright the artist unless otherwise stated

‘The Next Generation’…The Bordelon Family


“Super Trouper”. Painted in the traditional way of painting but using Corel Painter 11 instead of oil paints (It is not a “Cloned” image)


‘In Good Company’ – oil painting


‘Bust of Helen’ – clay portrait


Artists’ Grandson – digital painting


‘Aprils Snow’ Acrylic on Canvas