View Full Version : C.O.W. - #079: Lava Swimmer - Official Tutorial by njoo
March 13th, 2007, 09:30 AM
COW #079 - Lava Swimmer
March 13th, 2007, 09:40 AM
Heya, this is more to show my work process and my thoughts when I was working, hope this'll be abit help to some ppl~ *might need to wait a bit to load all the images, I tried to be a bit detail in showing the process*
Here're the brushes that I used for this piece, I don't really use much custom brushes compare to many other ppl~ I mainly use the 1st and 2nd brush to paint most of the stuff, while using 3rd 4th and 5th or other brushes to create a bit less boring bg,etc.
Here're the sample textures I played around with for Lava Swimmer~ I think they were from Mayang with a bit tweaking and alteration :)
Done~ I made each of the JPG the same size for all those that might want to save it and can go back and forth (or layer it in PS) to see exactly what was changed in each process :) C&C always welcome! Hope it helped a bit, c ya guys around!
March 13th, 2007, 10:26 AM
killer tutorial! Another winner I n the box I think... your the man, njoo. ;)
March 13th, 2007, 10:39 AM
thanks njoo! that really is helpful.. and so simple yet effective. thanks for taking the time to do this. you're an ace in my book ;) - JAG
March 13th, 2007, 10:54 AM
can`t say it enough;
BEST tutorial ever. >:D
thanks for that Andrew dude.
March 13th, 2007, 11:09 AM
Nice one andrew, finally we get to see behind some of the magic. Thanks!
March 13th, 2007, 11:51 AM
no words for this man!!!
Glad to see that we have the same process of painting, because now i can be sure that itīs not the technique but only my painting skills i have to work on.:bashful:
keep it up.
March 13th, 2007, 01:38 PM
Good job Njoo, thanks for the tutorial, I always dig artist that share their ways.
March 13th, 2007, 02:20 PM
Thank you njoo.
this truely is one of the best tutorials ever.
hope there are many more to come!
March 13th, 2007, 03:18 PM
actually it probably is the best tutorial. Im thinking ca.org should gather these, make a book and sell it, so that you guys can prosper the proffits and everyone winns. ;)
March 13th, 2007, 03:38 PM
Fantastic tutorial, i love your work. Great overall scene, I like the whimsical poses you always find, while still being strong as animals.
March 13th, 2007, 04:58 PM
Mr. Hou, Thanks for taking the time to put this together for us! Its great to see the thought process of other artists, very inspiring, motivating. See ya on MSN messenger Chief!
March 13th, 2007, 06:55 PM
Thank you njoo, i am young and often struggle with finishing a painting. You make it clear for me. Thank you once again.
March 13th, 2007, 08:07 PM
Thanks for a brilliant tutorial! I love how you built up the backgrounds ephemeral details and brought everything to completion simultaneously. My eye is a bit mislead by the ambiguity of its legs/tentacles but they are rendered beautifully and now we can see the steps you took to do so.
Could you talk about your choice of lightsource and the transparency of the lava? Light around lava is very strange and slightly different in every reference image I found, as is the texture of the lava in different heat and consistancies. Your creature seems to be directly lit by a source and though its in a glowing hot substance the ambient light on it is not very strong.
March 13th, 2007, 08:09 PM
Fantastic! Do you make your brushes as you go along, and decide what you need, or do you have a set that you start off with, and know you are going to be using ahead of time?
March 13th, 2007, 10:13 PM
Thanks for the kind comments everyone~ I'd love to see how everyone works and learn from u guys~
TomCardin: Ya lava's a tricky one, I think in this piece, I dunno if I can really explain my choice of lighting well because I think lava's so thick, basically it's not really transparent at all, you won't see anything unless you 1cm away from it, and cuz of the light source from lava, you won't see much other then a silhouette, kinda like a man standing in fire. So basically there's no way to do this piece and show the details if you want to be realistic at the same time. My choice was to just try to use the right colors to create the mood for the pic to be like lava, I chose to not put any dominating or ambient lighting cause I was thinking lava being light everywhere, in some aspect, it just means that it's lit evenly everywhere too so kinda means maybe there's no special dominate lighting too (That's just my reasoning if I had to give one hehe) I tried to show lava thru the slow moving of the creature, the waving glow in the bg to show the thick liquid,etc. But ya inside lava's a tough one, my brain can't really imagine it even haha.
Cannibalcandy: I don't make my brushes 99% of the time, only when I really need to do something specific and I can't find an easy way to do it, like some specific looking leaves, rock,etc. The 1st and 2nd brush here's from photoshop default I believe, the 3rd and 4th I think was from the Barontieri (bottom of http://www.barontieri.com/atelier.htm)
I basically use those set of brushes for most of the stuff I do recently. Unlike the matte painting bg guys, master of custom brushes, I just can't figure out nice way to use it well with my current style of work :( Can't find the way to combine the matte painting custom brushes still into it somehow.
Thanks for the comment, means a lot! A great fan of ur work, but u know that already from my note in Deviantart kekek :D
March 13th, 2007, 11:44 PM
wow! that's a great tutorial! can't thank you enough for taking the time to put that together. very detailed and informative. hahaha...my scanner also sits lonely and unused most of the time because I'm lazy to scan.
Really inspiring piece!
March 14th, 2007, 01:46 AM
Thx NJOO :)
March 14th, 2007, 09:02 AM
March 14th, 2007, 04:04 PM
Thanks. This is blazing.
March 15th, 2007, 11:33 AM
Thanks njoo! Always interesting to see the thoughts and the process of another artist.
(only one minor flaw here I think... The choice of font and colour for the "cow#78"-text) ;)
March 15th, 2007, 12:09 PM
ACK i put 78?!? I must be not thinking straight O_O *changed*~ Ya white might not be the best color, I'm bad at typography and these things T_T
March 22nd, 2007, 07:11 PM
Thanks so much! You have no idea how much this helps some of us. This was awsome!
March 23rd, 2007, 02:24 AM
Great tutorial... pretty much what I do but you've got some great ideas about the steps to do everything in.
Great job and a wonderful creature!
March 26th, 2007, 04:38 AM
Takin' a peep at how the magic happen...
Great tut, really nice of you to post such helpful pieces.
April 24th, 2007, 07:35 PM
very cool. thanks. did you create the flames and extras on seperate layers or were they created on one layer? how many layers was this piece?
Paul A. Willemse
May 31st, 2007, 03:37 PM
Such an inspiration! Thanks a million times!
June 1st, 2007, 12:59 PM
Wow. Just.... wow.
I think I love you, man.
June 24th, 2008, 01:28 PM
awesome tutorial thanks a lot :)
July 7th, 2008, 11:48 AM
Thanks much for the tutorial! Really helpful!
April 16th, 2009, 04:51 PM
I've not got all that technology, but I found it interesting watching how your thoughts went, what you put on, and then took off, etc.
Very helpful, great tuto.
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