View Full Version : Hideous Baby-thing in a stroller. <BIG DL>
December 6th, 2004, 02:25 AM
Been a while since I have posted to the finished section, but thought I would share this one. I also will do a step-by-step below it. Let me know what you think!
December 6th, 2004, 02:40 AM
Oh hes not that hideous. I really like the details on the carage and the skin. Nicely done.
December 6th, 2004, 02:46 AM
I would love to see that baby breast fed. ;)
Good job on it.
December 6th, 2004, 02:47 AM
Here's the process:
Step 1: The thumbnail. Its a quicky thumbnail that I grabbed from my sketchbook.
Step 2: I make it its own layer in PS, drop it back, and establish a mid-tome as a BG:
Step 3: I begin drawing lightly over the sketch on a new layer with a flat, black brush set to 25% opacity (Or thereabouts), and splash in some texture with a texture brush:
Step 4: Rough in some dark tones, establish the shapes of the dark and light.
Step 5: Refine the drawing.
Step 6: More refinment, darker shadowed areas.
Step 7: Block in some basic color in a layer underneath the drawing. Color can be fairly flat.
Step 8: paint in a BG color, this pops the image out, makes the central figure darker.
Step 9: With the dark and mid tones now established, I create a new layer on top of all the existing layers, and work in my light tones and highlights, add details, etc.
Step 10: The Final!
Hope that is somewhat informative.
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December 6th, 2004, 04:08 AM
Thank you very, very much Sean that tutorial is extremely helpfull.
December 6th, 2004, 04:12 AM
you..you bastard! hah that's lookin nice sean. diggin on the brick o sig you got goin on as well. is it possible you could drop a few lines to us sean-abees as to your aproach to the skin tones? what is it you keep an eye out for when painting the colors? especially the area around the shoulder and armpit. also I know that people are gonna hate you if you give a response, but how long did this one take?
i like the highlites you did on the wheels and axels too..nice stuff!
December 6th, 2004, 04:20 AM
Kev (Maginnis) -
I would say it took about 4 hours, give or take.
regarding skin tones: I cant say as i have any real hard core rules. Mostly. I try to work in as many colors as possible, with one being predominant, and then I tend to go a little pinker or redder around areas like the elbox, the hands, the cheeks, etc.
A professor once pointed out to me that the face tends to have 3 tonal shifts in it: the top portion (Forehead) tends towards a wamrer, or yellower hue, the middle portion (cheeks and nose) tend towards a redder, or pinker hue, and the lower portion, the chin and jaw, tend towards a bluish hue. Knowing this, I try to apply subtle hue shifts throughout different areas of the skin.
Does that help?
December 6th, 2004, 04:29 AM
yeah that definitely helped man, why the heck are you awake!?:) thanks a bunches
December 6th, 2004, 10:13 AM
nice fun image, sean.
Thank-you very much for the WIP tutorial. I see now what you meant in your suggestion the other week. At first, working in so many layers seems a little anti-painterly, but I think that it provides a very nice way to keep the structure of the drawing but still have dynamic colors without getting too comic-booky. (Does that make any sense at all?)
Due to transformer blowing up and taking power away from my work, I'm home today! I'll see if I can apply this technique.
December 6th, 2004, 10:25 AM
I like this painting and concept it works well.
What i can add though is that the handle to push the stroller (which i am assuming that hook type thing on the top right is) doesnt look like it is part of the stroller it looks more like an accessory added later like the hanging toy off the front. I think the handle could take on more of the bulky shapy and weight that the frame for the wheels have. The handle also feels out of perspective and should be place back.
December 6th, 2004, 10:26 AM
ill bet the women looked ugly :)
December 6th, 2004, 11:26 AM
Great pic Muttonhead. Thanks for the process stuff too.
December 6th, 2004, 11:49 AM
Saw the sketch in your sketchbook thread and immediately hunted this down. Glad I did. This piece came out really great! Thanks for sharing the process there.
December 6th, 2004, 11:54 AM
man looks my baby picture
i really dig the highlights of the scales around the shoulder
December 6th, 2004, 12:15 PM
Great tutorial,2nd image today that I thought looked done in painter, but actually done in PS. Did you use any refrences or go all from head?
December 6th, 2004, 12:19 PM
Full of creepy goodness! I'm likin' the spontaneity in this piece. Four hours? Me so slow!
December 6th, 2004, 12:59 PM
hmm i dont think the mechanical contraption on top is at the right angle, because it is in profile view but the carriage is not
December 6th, 2004, 02:25 PM
i always keep an eye out for your work
i enjoy it
you fill the screen with creativety and your personal style
this one has to be the favorite piece ive seen from you
really tight work man
December 6th, 2004, 02:56 PM
Sean - Excellent art and great post. I really enjoyed this as it was developed from a really rough sketch. Great job on the skin and palette.
December 6th, 2004, 03:02 PM
Very nice! Cool design.
December 6th, 2004, 04:54 PM
Hey, thanks everyone! I do appreciate the words of encouragement.
Manslaughter: I see what you are saying. I think I can fix that fairly easily.
chukw - Thanks man! Maybe it was 5 hours... I can't remember..... haha
Matt Smith - nothing but net on this one, though I do not shy away from reference. As for PS, I like to use it in a very painterly way, but I am dabbling a bit in the Painter these days as well....
BWK- yeah I agree with you. ACTUALLY, the method I used is derived from a very widely used traditional method of painting wherein tone is painted first using a neutral color or grey, and then glazes of color are laid down on top of it. I was taught that method way back in H.S> using acrylics, but you can also do it with oils....
All others: THANKS!!!
December 6th, 2004, 06:19 PM
your best piece yet! thanks for showing...
December 6th, 2004, 06:24 PM
very nice, thanks for the progress shots
December 6th, 2004, 06:48 PM
Sean you rocked me in all the right places...
I don't if i should file for sexual harrassment or what...
But in all seriousness this is some stellar shit...MORE....NOW.....
December 6th, 2004, 07:56 PM
Looks great man!
Thanks for adding the WIP. I haven't painted in a while, I think this is going to help. That bit about the 3 tonal regions of the face is interesting. Now that I look back at some portraits I've done it makes alot of since. Its amazing what you paint, but don't see.
Keep it coming!
December 7th, 2004, 02:09 AM
Lots to learn from in there.
Thanks for sharing.
December 9th, 2004, 11:55 AM
heh. Funny piece and nice process pics!
So how's Turbine treating you? I hear you're working with one of my good friends Jeff Murchie. Heh. Keep him on his toes!
December 10th, 2004, 12:01 AM
Nice tutorial and sweet concept...
December 10th, 2004, 12:52 AM
Bomba - Thanks man!
Flex - My pleasure! Thanks!
bRyan - <awkward silence> Seriously, thanks a bunch!
Shoe - Yes, colors exist in places where one would never normally think of them as being.....
ejwize - Thanks man.
JTJ - Turbine is awesome, I am having the time of my life! Yeah, Murch is a very talented guy, his approach to painting is pretty unique and very distinctive. I look forward to working with him on future projects (We are currently on separate projects at Turbine right now).
Strych9ine - thank you muchly.
December 11th, 2004, 12:52 AM
this is great sean...your renderings are getting tighter and more volumetric and slicker ..nice!
December 11th, 2004, 12:35 PM
i always think of stuff like tht in my head but when i try to put it on paper it never comes out as good its so unbelievely annoying
December 11th, 2004, 03:47 PM
i feel violated... great jib man, seriously really good piece. :D :blah:
December 11th, 2004, 03:52 PM
Sean!! this is killer!!
how are you liking the Boston?
December 11th, 2004, 04:35 PM
Awesome - my favorite thing about it is that the shapes of the stroller match the babies shapes and feeling. Totally kooky too, and his dangly toy is neat. Crits are that the toy on the top looks like it's losing perspective and is perpedicular to our line of sight, and maybe the front bottom plates could use some bounce light from the ground (which could also show a cool pattern) to plant the whole thing in there just a bit more and fill out those forms.
Kickass shiz tho, really funny :confident
December 11th, 2004, 09:08 PM
I agree with what Kress has to offer as far as bounce lighting from the ground. I dig the little touch with the cute flowers on the top of the stroller.
This might be Rosemary's baby.(old sixties flick) Thanks for the demo some very helpful info in there. What's the mom look like.
December 12th, 2004, 02:35 AM
great pic mutton! Only thing I was going to point out seems to be said by the Kress. The toy at the top is flat while we are seeing the front of the stroller. Could be easliy remedied by making the front circle an oval ala selecions and add the front of the bit parts.
Either way nice work.
December 12th, 2004, 03:53 AM
You have a talented stroke but make sure the background isn't to white. It looks a little washed out also along the edges of the stroller and the mechanical pieces. Your attention to detail and refinement to the most part is amazing. It just needs a more neutral background so its easy on the eyes and tightens up the colors and shades.
December 13th, 2004, 03:13 PM
What a cute baby! <fancy critique>Perhaps I'm wrong, but I feel the base of the tonge would benefit with a little bit more shadow...</fq>
December 13th, 2004, 05:58 PM
great work on that beautiful skin.
Anyway you can do a close up detail of the baby itself so that we may all gawk at the highlighting and bumpyness?
December 14th, 2004, 11:56 AM
Wow, great work Sean, The skin tones are very well done. Thank you for making a tutorial of your work, very inspirational. Creative idea to boot.
December 14th, 2004, 12:48 PM
great imge! love all of the detail in the carrage. nice tutorial, also. thanks for sharing
December 15th, 2004, 03:58 AM
I just wanted to say, my last post for the night, that this image rocks! Thanks for putting up you tutorial, it is very helpful indeed. Keep up the great work!! <3
December 15th, 2004, 04:09 AM
Lono - Boston's OK I guess. It's no NYC, but the job is awesome.
Kress - right about the perspective on the toy and handles. I will definitely re-address this issue on this piece.
Steak-tron - yep good advice. Thanks! Love your sketch thread BTW!
jtroughton - Hmmm. I think I see what you mean about the background, though it is hard for me to tell without knowing how it looks on your screen... that is always frustrating, but I do believe it could be pushed back a bit..... thanks!
Jull - re: tongue.... mayhaps, but I am afraid of going too dark there and cutting the tongue off from the head. I will play with it a bit.
Thanks to all the rest! I hope my next post lives up to this one! :dur:
December 15th, 2004, 10:19 PM
Great work Muttonhead. I too would like to see the mother but even freakier than that, I would like to see a work in progress on how she feeds the baby?! :O
Can you tell us what the resolution is you started in...I never know if there is a minimum limit the pros start with?
December 16th, 2004, 04:56 AM
sick..........i love it. thanks for the step by step process. :eyeloss:
December 16th, 2004, 09:34 AM
that is just great. Reminds me something of a Dr. Suess and Tim Burton styled art.
The step by step is quite informative.
December 16th, 2004, 04:32 PM
great stuff sean good too see yer still posting
December 17th, 2004, 06:22 PM
I was looking for a start technique ... thanks alot!!
December 17th, 2004, 06:46 PM
Thanks a whole bunch for laying out the process too. I've been more of a traditional painter but I've been experimenting with digital as well a bit.
So far I usually paint everything on the same layer (xept putting lineart under it then the canvas on multiply).
Quick question: for example the layer where you do all the black shapes, is it multiplied over the colour layer, or visa versa? I would love some insight in to the settings of the layers.
December 17th, 2004, 09:44 PM
funny piece, i like it. don't have much to add that hasn't already been said. those flowers in the fabric look familiar... is his stroller sponsored by ICQ? ;)
December 18th, 2004, 07:25 AM
[QUOTE=Muttonhead]Been a while since I have posted to the finished section, but thought I would share this one. I also will do a step-by-step below it. Let me know what you think!
the things that i prefer! ;)
Do you prefer psd or painter?This is a poll...
December 19th, 2004, 03:19 PM
i think you owe me a beer.
or do i owe you one? I can never keep these things straight..
December 27th, 2004, 01:53 PM
i think you owe me a beer.
or do i owe you one? I can never keep these things straight..
Hey SCOTT! Hehe, I think I owe YOU a beer...... i think... well whatever!
Good to see you around the boards! How's Seattle? I wouldn't mind moving there some day!
December 29th, 2004, 07:36 PM
just beautiful. max respect for your little one... Great you kept a rough touch to the final one!
December 29th, 2004, 07:45 PM
4 hours! you suck... i mean rock
thanks for the tut. ill hafta go check you sketchbook now....
dammit, not another one.
December 30th, 2004, 12:22 PM
I love it - Way cool altough I wouldnt like to have that kind of baby :teeth:
It is very cool You shared Your wip with us.
Would love to see more of those.
December 30th, 2004, 12:40 PM
Wow! Thanks for the step by step break down. The detail is great and I think the lil' babything would make H.P. Lovecraft cry.
January 2nd, 2005, 07:20 PM
It's a fine image - brilliantly painted and original (always a bonus). The step-by-step was fascinating too, completely different to how I approach a painting (which helps explain why yours are better :) )
May 16th, 2006, 12:37 AM
Awesome tutorial! Thanks a lot for makin' this.
May 16th, 2006, 06:12 AM
i love your style, man.
crazy rendering. and the process is much appreciated.
post more. :)
May 16th, 2006, 07:30 AM
I'm glad that you revamped this thread.
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