the rendering (pencil and ink) is just crazy, very neat...concepts look great too, and illustration look very stylish too.VEry distinctive and personal style...keep 'em coming!
Here is something that I have been playing around with in photoshop. It's just a detail of a larger picture which at this point is mainly undeveloped. I don't really have a direction or final vision in mind. I'm just experimenting with color and texture and trying to get a feel for the digital medium. It's been fun, but this piece still has a long way to go. I had started it for one of the CHOWs, but as all too often happens, life got in the way and I didn't make the deadline. I still like this piece, however, and I think it has potential.
Also, thanks for all of the constructive comments everyone! I am getting ready to quit my day job soon, so I will be dedicating every waking moment to art. It won't be very often that I will have this opportunity, so I should be posting more often. If I don't someone should smack me - Steph Laberis has first dibs on Dutch Ovens
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Bohemian: Thanks for the encouragement!
Here is my step by step process for the "Winge Healer" COW.
This is the original sketch that I created in my sketchbook and then scanned into the computer. I still haven't got the feel for sketching directly into the computer, yet. This seems to be the best way for me to paint digitally at this time.
This is how I began to lay down various colors. I used a similar process to how I paint. I start out with very bright colors, like an underpainting, and then build layers on top of that. The neat thing about this approach is that you get little hints of those bight colors in the final image.
Here is the middle tones. I begin to establish value.
This is where most of my time is spent. A lot of what you see in the final image is created on this layer. I am using the soft round brush and vary the opacity as needed. Generally at this stage it is around 60 - 80% opacity.
Ane here is the final product. There are several things that could use more work, but I feel I learned a lot from this piece and I have moved on to the next one.
CONGRATS on the stars!!! but: those who know have always believed in the indisputable power of teh grack. The step by step is looking very nice too. When i first saw it, the paint application reminded me of an acrylic type treatment. If i had to crit i'd say that it would be cool if some of those brighter colors in fact were coming through in the final rendering. you mention it... but at this size i'm not seeing it. so the final or wip, whatever it is, looks a little bit drab in comparison.
woohoo!!! cheers k!
haha... I'm back again. Just wanted to say thanks for the cc. I sometimes forget I need to be getting it in the sb more than in the weekly activities, where most people just have that competitive agenda in mind. But it's all good. I'm definately going to start desaturating my stuff to see what the contrast is like... I can't believe I've never thought of doing that previously!
Bohemian Chaos: No problem! I think cc in the sketchbooks can be a bit more helpful. People can concentrate on one person, rather than trying to spread out the consrtuctive criticism, as happens in the weeklies. I forget to desaturate to check my values as well. I have to constantly remind myself. It is so easy to just get completely immersed in a piece and forget stuff like that. With the last COW, I tried to punch up the dramatic lighting a bit.
Here is the original sketch for COW #82:
And here is the final:
Wheezy: Ha ha, that's right. Go NC artists! Thanks for stopping by.
I was able to get some sketching in yesterday. It felt really good. I've been focusing on learning digital painting lately, so it was nice to produce a more finished sketch. I intend to color it with traditional media, probably watercolor and colored pencil and maybe some colored ink. There really isn't a final product in mind, I'm just having fun. I might even take it into photoshop and play around with it.
here are some close ups...
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Guggen: Oh man, sorry! Didn't mean to leave you out. Yeah, I tried to make this latest COW a bit more dramatic as far as color and lighting as compared to the last one. I'm so used to working in graphite everything seems to scream at me whenever I add color on the computer. I'm getting used to it, though.
Thanks for the "tits" comment. In my opinion, there are too many fantasy boobs in art. I'm doing my part to balance out the scale by making sagging, wrinkled, weathered boobs
good idea... that's usually how I go about painting digitally... I'll duplicate the lines layer (one beneath, one on top) to keep the detail. You can always rearrange the layers if something is showing too much or not enough.
dude your digital technique is so, so good. i've been referring people here who are needing to see it done in a good, practical way, so keep up the good work because people are watching and learning!
Wheezy's question does seem to be an issue... i just can't make the upper hand read as more of her than the intruding hand from below... maybe her shoulder should be higher up to connect with that high arm? as is it's kind of a dizzying effect the thumb question
Yeah, ha ha, I see what you guys are saying. When I was drawing, it wasn't my intention to make it her hand. The only parts that belong to her are her face, neck, shoulders, and boobs. After I started coloring it, everything got connected it seems. I'll be sure to make the hand look more disembodied. It's supposed to be coming out of the octopus creature. I imagine her saying "Oh what a lovely hand that just sprouted from the fleshy devil fish. Let's have a better look, shall we?" Thanks guys!
Guggs: Thanks, man. But I'm still learning the digital stuff, too. Also, with all of the strange body parts flying around and growing out of each other, they might get a bit confused
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Ok getting back to graphite after a while. This is the original sketch for CHOW #69 "Death's Horse." I was going for a more traditional illustration look with this one.
This is the final color image I submitted to the poll. I'm still working out how to combine my graphite style with digital painting and I feel I have made some progress with this piece. The values could use some work and I would like to define some of the elements better, especially the plants in the foreground. They are supposed to be deadly nightshade mixed with clumps of grass.
Oh...an interesting side note, don't let your dog jump on the bed when you're drawing. It will result in nothing but scratched pages and pathetic moping puppy eyes.
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I love those drooping boobies! And the horse drawing is lovely. I think the range of values in that one is more successful in the drawing, but in both versions the horse needs more shading. Keep experimenting and you'll find a happy medium between digital and pencil.
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Seedling: drooping boobies are the best! I agree with you about the values on the horse piece. I had thought to make it look rather ghostly, but it just turned out looking fairly flat. Thanks for stopping by.
Adam: Once again you have proven that you are a man of many words.
Here is the piece I just completed for the "Modern Computer Witch" competition.
Ooo, you have such a neat style!
I especially love your creatures, like the ones on your second post. They have very believable anatomy without being really generic.
And it's just occured to me... I've hardly seen any watercolor at all on these sketchbook threads.
I really like some of your computer ones on this last page- they don't exactly look digital.
Which (analog type) do you like better- pencil or pen?
Anyway, you're kind of like me when it comes to negative space- the work is busy. Which is good for that style, usually, I think.
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Bohemian: Sorry it took so long to respond, but the computer witch was for a thunderdome. I really liked the topic and it gave me a chance to practice a topic I probably wouldn't have come up with on my own. It's also a bit of a different style for me, so that was fun.
Data Strings: Thanks for the comments There aren't too many artists around here working in watercolor. I think people disregard it as a medium. Or perhaps they think digital is the only way to go. I like it quite a bit and it is wonderful for mixed media. Also, it dries almost immediately, which helps when layering. When it comes to a choice between pencil or pen, I will always choose pencil. Don't get me wrong, I love working with ink, but graphite seems much more versatile for me. As for my style, I tend to run away a bit with the details so things can get busy very quickly. I have to be very careful that my compositions don't get jumbled.