As a traditional artist, I often find myself trying to coax realistic, artistic expressions from dumb, cold machines and programs that have no soul. As this digital illustration shows, it’s the operator, the person with an idea and vision that creates art… not the buttons and hardware. This one is from a car show I went to last year. One thing led to another and I ended up making it look like a pencil sketch underneath a wash of watercolor. I threw in a little rough paper texture to sell the effect. Hey, just trying to keep it real!