Been a while since I have posted to the finished section, but thought I would share this one. I also will do a step-by-step below it. Let me know what you think!
Last edited by Muttonhead; February 8th, 2006 at 11:33 AM.
I would love to see that baby breast fed.
Good job on it.
Here's the process:
Step 1: The thumbnail. Its a quicky thumbnail that I grabbed from my sketchbook.
Step 2: I make it its own layer in PS, drop it back, and establish a mid-tome as a BG:
Step 3: I begin drawing lightly over the sketch on a new layer with a flat, black brush set to 25% opacity (Or thereabouts), and splash in some texture with a texture brush:
Step 4: Rough in some dark tones, establish the shapes of the dark and light.
Step 5: Refine the drawing.
Step 6: More refinment, darker shadowed areas.
Step 7: Block in some basic color in a layer underneath the drawing. Color can be fairly flat.
Step 8: paint in a BG color, this pops the image out, makes the central figure darker.
Step 9: With the dark and mid tones now established, I create a new layer on top of all the existing layers, and work in my light tones and highlights, add details, etc.
Step 10: The Final!
Hope that is somewhat informative.
Last edited by Muttonhead; February 8th, 2006 at 11:34 AM.
Thank you very, very much Sean that tutorial is extremely helpfull.
you..you bastard! hah that's lookin nice sean. diggin on the brick o sig you got goin on as well. is it possible you could drop a few lines to us sean-abees as to your aproach to the skin tones? what is it you keep an eye out for when painting the colors? especially the area around the shoulder and armpit. also I know that people are gonna hate you if you give a response, but how long did this one take?
i like the highlites you did on the wheels and axels too..nice stuff!
Kev (Maginnis) -
I would say it took about 4 hours, give or take.
regarding skin tones: I cant say as i have any real hard core rules. Mostly. I try to work in as many colors as possible, with one being predominant, and then I tend to go a little pinker or redder around areas like the elbox, the hands, the cheeks, etc.
A professor once pointed out to me that the face tends to have 3 tonal shifts in it: the top portion (Forehead) tends towards a wamrer, or yellower hue, the middle portion (cheeks and nose) tend towards a redder, or pinker hue, and the lower portion, the chin and jaw, tend towards a bluish hue. Knowing this, I try to apply subtle hue shifts throughout different areas of the skin.
Does that help?
yeah that definitely helped man, why the heck are you awake!? thanks a bunches
nice fun image, sean.
Thank-you very much for the WIP tutorial. I see now what you meant in your suggestion the other week. At first, working in so many layers seems a little anti-painterly, but I think that it provides a very nice way to keep the structure of the drawing but still have dynamic colors without getting too comic-booky. (Does that make any sense at all?)
Due to transformer blowing up and taking power away from my work, I'm home today! I'll see if I can apply this technique.
I like this painting and concept it works well.
What i can add though is that the handle to push the stroller (which i am assuming that hook type thing on the top right is) doesnt look like it is part of the stroller it looks more like an accessory added later like the hanging toy off the front. I think the handle could take on more of the bulky shapy and weight that the frame for the wheels have. The handle also feels out of perspective and should be place back.
Great pic Muttonhead. Thanks for the process stuff too.
I don't spellcheck...
Saw the sketch in your sketchbook thread and immediately hunted this down. Glad I did. This piece came out really great! Thanks for sharing the process there.
man looks my baby picture
i really dig the highlights of the scales around the shoulder
Full of creepy goodness! I'm likin' the spontaneity in this piece. Four hours? Me so slow!
hmm i dont think the mechanical contraption on top is at the right angle, because it is in profile view but the carriage is not
i always keep an eye out for your work
i enjoy it
you fill the screen with creativety and your personal style
this one has to be the favorite piece ive seen from you
really tight work man
Honest love makes one's soul a reflection of the partner's mood.
No sleep - More draw!
Very nice! Cool design.
Hey, thanks everyone! I do appreciate the words of encouragement.
Manslaughter: I see what you are saying. I think I can fix that fairly easily.
chukw - Thanks man! Maybe it was 5 hours... I can't remember..... haha
Matt Smith - nothing but net on this one, though I do not shy away from reference. As for PS, I like to use it in a very painterly way, but I am dabbling a bit in the Painter these days as well....
BWK- yeah I agree with you. ACTUALLY, the method I used is derived from a very widely used traditional method of painting wherein tone is painted first using a neutral color or grey, and then glazes of color are laid down on top of it. I was taught that method way back in H.S> using acrylics, but you can also do it with oils....
All others: THANKS!!!
your best piece yet! thanks for showing...
very nice, thanks for the progress shots
Sean you rocked me in all the right places...
I don't if i should file for sexual harrassment or what...
But in all seriousness this is some stellar shit...MORE....NOW.....
Looks great man!
Thanks for adding the WIP. I haven't painted in a while, I think this is going to help. That bit about the 3 tonal regions of the face is interesting. Now that I look back at some portraits I've done it makes alot of since. Its amazing what you paint, but don't see.
Keep it coming!
Lots to learn from in there.
Thanks for sharing.
Nice tutorial and sweet concept...
Bomba - Thanks man!
Flex - My pleasure! Thanks!
bRyan - <awkward silence> Seriously, thanks a bunch!
Shoe - Yes, colors exist in places where one would never normally think of them as being.....
ejwize - Thanks man.
JTJ - Turbine is awesome, I am having the time of my life! Yeah, Murch is a very talented guy, his approach to painting is pretty unique and very distinctive. I look forward to working with him on future projects (We are currently on separate projects at Turbine right now).
Strych9ine - thank you muchly.
this is great sean...your renderings are getting tighter and more volumetric and slicker ..nice!
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