Name: Stewart McKissick
Occupation/Profession: Professor of Illustration, freelance illustrator
Employer: Columbus College of Art & Design
Location: Columbus, OH
Hobbies: I collect old films, especially animation, on both film and DVD.
For more information: www.stewartmckissick.com
How long have you been in this profession?
Why did you choose this profession?
I've had a life-long love of drawing and cartooning.
How did you get started?
I went to art school, and began freelancing and teaching after graduation.
What are your most important accomplishments?
Getting my MFA in illustration and becoming a full professor; having made a living in the arts for my entire career; teaching over 2,500 students at the college level.
Describe a special moment in your career.
The first time I saw my work in a national magazine (a cartoon spot in Field and Stream.)
How long have you used Painter?
Since I got my first computer, a Power Macintosh® 7100, in 1994it was version 2.
Why did you choose Painter?
My Dean at Columbus College of Art & Design showed it to me. He was bringing the computer into the curriculum more and more, and he thought as an illustrator it might be of interest to me. I was resistant to the idea of using computers at the time.
Do you have any interesting/funny/noteworthy stories?
I used to make fun of my friends who used the computer, mostly designers and technical illustrators in 1994. I claimed the kind of work I liked to do "traditionally" with watercolor and acrylics could never be done on the computer. I used to proudly profess that you only made "real" art by "taking a stick, putting dirt on it, and dragging it across a tree!" I got my first computer to do my taxes on and write withor so I thought. Two months after trying Painter, I did my first commercial job with it (using a mouse!). Six months later, I was asked to write and teach a course in it. I've painted all my work digitally since 1995.
What are your top five favorite Painter features?
The ability to mix vector art with pixel art; The control you get with color from image to image, using custom palettes, and the Eyedropper (this feature helps students who are intimidated by color to be less afraid of it); the pressure-sensitive paper textures; the digital watercolor, pastel and airbrush brushes; the ability to layer scanned-in art with digitally created art.
What are the Painter features that allow you to distinguish your art?
See above. I especially love being able to do "digital airbrush." I never had the patience for cutting friskets and repositioning them. With Painter, you don't have to worry about dropping them on the floor and getting dog hair on them!
Is it possible to get the same results with other digital painting software?
Some of the features, yesbut Painter remains the best tool for digitally imitating traditional artists' media, such as watercolor and pastels. The paper feature remains unique in my experience.
How do you feel about Painter?
You can always ask for more speed and stability, but Painter has made tremendous improvements in the last 10 years. I can honestly say it changed my entire working career.