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COW #059 - Creek Crawler
"I start with few sketches, ideas but usually I know how the creature should look. So I am drawing a few variants of the chosen idea. Here are they with the brushes I have used for this painting.
When I have my sketch, I make a blank new image and start drawing. I use the sketch but usually don’t work on them. When I am drawing it from the beginning, I have the opportunity to draw a few things in a different way or sometimes just by accident, I can find some new ideas.
When I have my sketch, I can make a layer for first colors. I don’t start with grayscale like most of u do. Reason? I was trying it but I wasn’t satisfied. The colors were dirty and everything was too flat. Anyway, I start with my basic colors and when the colors are ok, I usually make the picture flat again (sometimes I work on many layers but not this time).
At this moment, I work only with brushes. I don’t have any special technique so there is nothing to share with u. Maybe next time .
After the drawing is finished I usually experiment with custom brushes or by adding the dirt, I am trying to make the picture more interesting. I use for this second layer set on multiply or other filter – I am still experimenting with this.
Below u can fine the work steps and my final.
Photoshop, about 10-11 hours.
Last edited by Fozzybar; October 14th, 2006 at 11:18 AM.
WIPs and steps
Enjoy, ask and discuss!
Interesting. Do you ever lasso stuff and tweak the hue saturation value as you get closer from mid-point to final?
Its also cool to see you refine and edit ideas out of the picture... like the eyestalks coming out of the water.
thx man.. very nice.. how manny layers (just curious )
Always absorbing ideas and methods constantly. Thanks for the breakdown on your great entry, Jakkas.
i've always wondered "how you do it" and now ....the answer! Thanks great stuff, I like the thumbs as well I need to start doing that more often. You're a master of polish that's for sure, whether its in the design of the subject or the execution. I look forward to seeing more of these.
Just love how you shrimped his eyes in the final haha
Thx and keep up the good work !
this is the best idea! i love tutorials =)
this truly amazing jakkas, i hope that you will continue doing tut´s!
Jakkas, you are the man. When are you gonna display your work on FF?
Sorry Guys, I was quit busy.
Michael Jaecks – Of course I use them. But usually in the last stage of work. However, I noticed that playing with layers gives more interesting effects then using hue or saturation. When I want to change some color or gives some dirt/texture, I create empty layer and use some custom brushes with random color. Just to try making the picture more interesting. I draw some shapes over the surface I want to change and the I set the layer to on of the filter – multiple, darken etc. Different settings gives different effects, but accidentally u could find something cool.
Supervlieg – Thx
Joey-b – For this one 3. One for the background and the creature (sometime I separate them), one for the Ambers and details and one for text. I usually create additional layers when I am not sure if the idea I want to try will be fine. If the details or colors I am trying are good I making the picture flat again.
Stephan_R – Thank u…I think I will make at least one more in the future ….if FOZZ will agree.
Moai – This is my first “tutorial”. Next time I will make more steps and probably I will write more comments.
KaWaii – Thx
BANCK – Thx, I think there will be more!
cognition.sb – hehehe, I think it will be soon. I don’t have any choice… Too many people asking for that. U see, I still don’t have good portfolio but I am close to finish it. When I throw my old works and put the new ones will make my thread on FF.
Tom Garden – It is always an experiment. Usually I use only few brushes with standard settings. When I create a new one, it looks like that, [this is Polish version but u can see what I have set]. Btw, when I am drawing I set flow 90-100% and then a use keys from 1 (10%) to 0 (100%) to changing the opacity. It depends how much of color I want to add.
Sorry if the answers are not clear enough but for me it’s hard to explain something in English. I hope, I it was useful.
Last edited by JakkaS; September 11th, 2006 at 07:24 AM.
I agreeOriginally Posted by JakkaS
Hey Jakkas, thanx for showing the process. I love seeing how other artists work.
question: What resolution do you work at (sorry if you have already answered this).
Vampire Ninja - I work at 2000-3500px /300dpi
Neat. This is cool.
Thx Chuck...I hope u will be the next
btw, thx for the vote in the last round
Thanks for puting that tutorial together for us! It definitely leaves me asking for more. Damn I miss not being able to paint.
Are you just using photoshop?
Fozzybar, JakkaS, thanks for putting this together! I'm excited to see your c.o.w. 100 results too.
Hehe wlasnie przeczytalem ze studiwales w Polsce....
Muj brat studiwal na ASP w Krakowie...
Ale rodzina sie przeniosla do Szwajcarij w 81...
Fajnie jest ciebie tutaj poznac....i przepraszam jak muj polski pisemny nie jest naj lepszy ( nigdy sie tego naprawde nauczylem ;-))