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This was a lot harder that it looks. Stop making it look so easy!
I dunno what I did wrong, but it was defanitly something XD
EDIT: Also, how do you make it pressure sensitive ?( press harder, the colour is higher opacity etc )
Been very off and on with photoshop and my tablet. I've not practiced much, and the times I have it hasnt been as easy as traditional media is for me >.<
but its time to start trying to achieve a little more with PS, and what better way is there to do that than post in a bumskee PS tut thread
Sketch: just roughing out the shapes with a size 5 hard round, flow to pressure
Blocking in: looking for the colors and filling them in, 100% opacity, 10% flow, flow on pressure
Rendering: Trying to keep the gritty gradient on the top of the mouse from being too smooth, added some details and wood grain (damn do I suck at wood, lol)
Details: Reddened up the wood which was too yellow by going over it with a low opacity brush, added more saturated red on the top of the mouse, sharpened some edges and quickly threw on the logos
took about 30ish minutes to put together, and felt awkward the whole time painting.
thanks to mr bumskee for making this thread.
i recently got a new wacom/monitor and im trying to learn how to actually paint with it.
funny thing on the side:
i never buy vegetables (i mostly live on pasta), but it bought onions and an apple for this thread.
Fraz I included the options for pressure sensitive in my image cause I'm horrible at using words to explain stuff...
Did more digi painting, was looking at my blanky.
Kinda noticed it was more gray than brown after a while..
Didn't like my first one, so I started over.
Then remembered about saving my steps too late. 3rd one is supposed to come before the 2nd.
hi bumskee, luv the thread u got set up here,
i'm pretty new at the whole digital paintage, always looking for tips and hints. please feel free to crit.
first of all, interesting topic bumskee!
but so far i think you should post some -new- shape !
I've really benefitted from this thread, so thanks for all of your contributions! And of course, thanks so much Bumskee for creating/managing this thread. I just got a graphics tablet recently and have been struggling to become comfortable with it. I guess I have the benefit of having lots of photoshop experience, but I've never used it as a painting tool until now...
Anyhow, here's my apple...
took about an hour to do, and sadly I got too frustrated to really finish it and add the details and colors it deserves...
However, I think by the end of my attempt I started getting the blending thing down! I used a huge brush, lowered my flow and opacity settings down to about 10-20%, used softest brush possible, and applied little to no pressure. Kind of like painting very thin oil layers I guess (at least thats what it reminded me of). Making a custom brush also really helped- made me feel like I was actually painting, which I guess is the goal. Definitely going to experiment more with those.
Quick question: I was wondering if most of you sketch with a tablet or sketch with a pencil and then scan it in... I have lost a lot of patience trying to sketch with my tablet and am wondering if maybe this is simply a skill which comes with time?
Last edited by ender62; October 9th, 2007 at 01:15 AM.
Riala, you may want to go back and read/look through the stuff in the first version of this thread found here: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=47859
As far as blending goes, though I am also a novice at digital painting, in my experience I blend by using different colors at varying opacities. From your example it sort of looks like you just used two colors and then tried the smear them together a bit. I've found that it's much easier to achieve the desired look if you "blend" by overlaying colors. Another thing I noticed is that I think you're looking at the whole apple and determining what you THINK the colors are, just look at each little section of the apple as it actually is, not what you think it is. Hope this helps some.
Heya Min, great thread! Some lovely onions there - quick question ...
With your setup for painting - what do you normally do for colour - some people go into the colour picker - some setup swatches, and some use the awkward little "colour" tab thingy to pick and choose - just wondering your preferred method?
hope to join in one of these....i'm feeling for pears...but you never know when a satsuma might creep in!
Thanks a lot evil bunny. I wil try that out when I get home tonight
Painted my onion! made up the one in the background and did Mins cool out of focus trick on it,hehe.
Last edited by D@niel; October 11th, 2007 at 09:03 AM.
You should really have started by filling the entire shape with the red colour, then put yellow details on toip of it. Once that is done, you can then start to blend. When using the brush tool, hold shift to turn the cursor into a colour picker. set the opacity to 50% and paint one colour on top of the other. this will blend the two colours together.
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manaburn, nice to see you tackle other stuff, patience and you are definitely heading the right direction.
Evil, spoon is really hard.. nice take on it dude.
chance, the sphere shape seems a little squashed in the middle otherwise, very nice.. I think u could use some darker colours at the bottom.. apple(?) is heading in the right direction!
fraz, I think the apple wasn't drawn right from start, it's very warped shaped, you need to observe more and watch out for the value/colour shift. and the colours don't seem right at all. take ur time and don't rush into calling it done! pressure sensitive? it's in other dynamics.
pizz, nice take on the mouse, I think the colours looking alright, but maybe the wood grain is too bright? for doing details, like the last step just zoom right in and start defining the edges and details.
andreas, nice onion! just curious it's very monochromatic tho.. and I think u could have easily spent another 10~20 minutes in defining too. zoom right in to get tho little edges happening. Also the overall shpere form is a little flat too.
fraz, keep going dude..
wilko, nice apple, the top part is very convincing, it only lacks in overall form! ur brush techniques also getting there, u just need some more practice under ur belt. check out tom's link on the first post.. should help u out heaps with colours and other essential stuff.
Riala, blending isn't all that important... firstly, your sketch.. did u feel that the sketch was accurate??? to me it seems slightly slanted.. well if u feel that it's not right at any point, u have to fix it.. u will have to eventually might as well from start.. to me ur last step is more of a blocking stage.. and that's where u left it..... my first suggestion is to leave out soft edge, u are using it's feathered edges to blend.. that's not quite the point of this thread, try and analyse the colours.. the apple is very flat, becase the values don't actually shift anywhere on the apple meaning u aren't taking time to observe ur apple. please, it's important that u take ur time and be patient about this. The thing is, once u start getting one bits right it will come together more easily. Again avoid soft edge and take ur time.
near, u should jump right in! and for the shapes.. well.. round objects are really common and it's not all that important what we paint I guess so long as it's in a simple form and readily available. By no means this thread should be advanced but easy for those starting off.
ender, I thinku missed the shadow on the top of the apple.. and also maybe a little flat on the front. I sketch with my tablet.. it's whatever is easy for u..
TOM! yeah dude, feel free to jump in.. and I just click the colour window and pick it manually.. I do it on blocking stage and then use ALT from then on mostly.. but I hate the little colour bar and don't use swatches either.
Daniel!, nice onion.. U did very nicely except the last one.. hahaha. despite it being a cool trick I think it doesn't work in this case since it doesn't seem very convincing.. I actually think it worked better just before the last step. Also the shadow might need to be a little bolder, but otherwise very nice details and colours!.. keep going dude!
Whoo, awesome. This place is great- sharing painting techniques and learning from each other's talents and mistakes is a great idea bumskee.
Here's my god awful antique gold pear.
(I meant background was in the background, sorry my English stinks. ._.)
Last edited by noxartemus; October 10th, 2007 at 10:41 AM.
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Holy cow, that was hard! I haven't done an exercise like that in thirty years. And I'm only just beginning to paint with Photoshop (I've Photoshopped with Photoshop since it came out...why did it never occur to me to paint with it?).
I picked a bad angle. Looking down from above, you don't get that "apple" shape; it's too round. So that made me work harder from the start. Plus, red with little green streakies? What was I thinking? Okay, I was thinking about the kind of apple I'd like to eat after I finish painting it.
Min, you have so much impact on this online community. Your work is respected and appreciated. Thanks for always sharing with us your techniques. I especially enjoy your step by step examples both here and in your sb. CA.org needs 20 bumskees, but like highlander, there can only be one.
Here's a pumpkin I painted last night, I'll upload the process when I get back from class.
I followed the original thread and I thought I'd finally have a go!
I didn't have space to save all the steps, but here is the finished result.
I would love some critique please!
decided i would give this a go while i am in between jobs at work, so i did it rather quickly. (def gonna do some other ones once i get off to practice more)
this is my first attempt at digital painting and im using a mouse. (will be getting a wacom soon yay)
Bumskee your really good! especially the detail, they make them look like pictures. one thing though, you always skip really quickly through the details. i am a little intimidated by how you go from a roughly painted image to a highly detailed pic.
just would like if maybe you could include more steps between blend and detail.
oh and this image i did does not really follow the stuff your doing i will try to make some that follows the category, but still would like some feedback. sorry no steps
I SWEAR the colors kept changing BEFORE MY EYES O_O
ok here's my cut at an apple. not all that good. looks really flat not much detail.
using a mouse (dang!) what's a good tablet to get? I was looking at wacom and there are a lot. what ones does everybody else have? (oh and i am looking in the price range of cheap)
Last edited by private_walter; October 14th, 2007 at 06:44 PM.
...And here are the steps (terribly done)
guys, i'm very interested in trying out digital painting, but should i first try it using a mouse? coz i really have a hard time controlling the brush, or do i have to invest in a tablet??
you dont HAVE to
but by god it makes it sooooo much easier. its highly recommended