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    Cow C.O.W. - #001: Mascot - Official Tutorial by Matt Dixon

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    Matt Dixon will start this thread with - what else - the 1st winner-piece of C.O.W....the making of "Mascot for C.O.W."...



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    I don't know if this is a 'tutorial' exactly, but this shows how I painted this image for the COW activity. The pics should be fairly self-explanatory, but I've added a few comments that try to explain what I'm trying to acheive in each step. This pic was painted in Photoshop in a total of around six hours.

    Tutorial Matt Dixon - COW #1 "Mascot"
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    Tutorial Matt Dixon - COW #1 "Mascot"
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    Tutorial Matt Dixon - COW #1 "Mascot"
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    Tutorial Matt Dixon - COW #1 "Mascot"
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    I love the texture in your backgrounds... what kind of brushes are you using, for both BG and the rest of it?

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    hey.. thanks a lot for that Matt! impressive stuff. heh, i thought the puddle of milk was pretty creative
    thanks again... can't wait to see others from you and other artists!

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    Thanks a lot, Matt! Looking forward to others jumping in on this!
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    Aberrant - Well, I purposely haven't touched on brushes here because that's a whole subject in it's own right, and I have another tutorial that I hope to finish up one day that would cover brush creation in Photoshop. Basically, all the painting is done with custom brushes - most of them based on real brush marks that I've scanned in - I alternate between different brushes during the painting which encourages texture and helps avoid any repetition in the marks. I think you can see from those progress shots that only some of the 'texture' in the background is coming from the brushes though, and a good deal of the effect is created by layering marks on top of one another.

    GomenNasai - Fozzy's posted it as I sent it to him, so I'm the one who's to blame for having the text and images seperate. I was trying to keep the size and number of image files to a minimum, but that's less of an issue now CA.org are generously hosting the pics. If others find it to be a problem, I'll try and find time to set them up as you suggest.

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    Nice tutorial.

    btw, what size images do you work with, Matt?

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    GomenNasai - I like it, it'll be real good for print, cause i hate looking at a tutorial through the browser, and switching from that and photoshop. I'm just glad we got a tutorial from Matt if anything, so I'm not really too picky about how the format is. Just like what you just did, I might do the same, and print it up for myself to use as a guide.

    Thanks Matt your the greatest, and I wait patiently for DOUGBOT's Tutorial.....
    "If you only heard one side of the story, then you must be deaf in the other ear." - Sok N. Wett

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    Quote Originally Posted by GomenNasai
    ...if you need help, I can give it a try and send you the results for approval
    what do you all think?
    Of course it's better this way GomenNasai, but really all the duties on this board are eating my time up....so this is maybe a hint for all coming tutorial-makers to prepare their works for a good read...

    Also i couldn't paste the text under the images, since the attached images are always at the end of a post (or i am too dumb to figure it out)...

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    I'll attatch the text to the images as suggested later in the week and let Fozzy have them so he can update this when he finds the time.

    Midnight - For personal / forum stuff like this, I usually go for A4 at 300dpi ( 2480x3508 pixels ). That's plenty big enough if I need to print it out for any reason, but not so large that I loose too much detail when it's reduced for the web.

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    "beau·ti·ful ( P ) Pronunciation Key (byt-fl)
    adj.

    Having qualities that delight the senses, especially the sense of sight.
    Excellent; wonderful.
    "

    That is how I feel about the way you paint Matt, especially your textures and backgrounds and how you make all the elements in the image so harmonious.

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    note: Matt sent me the retouched tutorial pics...i had to post this one at the end, since i can't have more than one attachments in one post (it will show only a link if so), that's why the "detail shots" are here...

    Detail shots

    Here are a couple of sections of the image at 100%. I work with as much of the image on screen as possible - usually at either 25% or 50% magnification - I don't see the pic in this much detail until I'm done. You can hopefully see a combination of heavy opaque marks to model the significant stuff, and thin glazes of colour to either smooth edges or with textures for a 'scumble' effect. Notice that some areas of the underpainting are visible as the base colour in the hand and around the eye.

    Time for a nice glass of milk..!
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