Digital Painting Tutorial/Spring Part 2

Okey Dokey, part two is mostly about the way I manipulated my photos to provide a back round and a dress for Ms. Spring.  There have to be myriad ways to deal with photos incorporated into digital paintings.  I’m simply revealing the way I went about it in this piece.  And, I have no problem revealing this to you.  I think that the photos in this context will get the job done better than my painting of said areas.

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My world is a wonder of visual candy and foreboding shadow shapes vying every waking moment for my full attention.

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  1. Wow …..this is so amazing. I love these tutorials and find them extremely useful. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. You are amazing. I love it. Really. Truly. Love it. I’m so inspired to get my tablet and pen out!

  3. Wow, what a cool and happy and beautiful painting. I especially love the face and hair. I don’t know if I will ever work on serious digital painting skills. Like you say most artists just pick a medium or two because it’s easier to strive for mastery in fewer directions! And I even gave up art for about 20 years so I don’t have any extra time hidden in the closet.

    As for this thing about not having a personal “style” I am not sure every artist has one (or even two). I wonder if you aren’t worrying about something you have no need to worry about! On the other hand, I do know that the feeling of being recognizable by your style is one many artists would like tohave. It’s just so hard to say! It sounds like you’ve had a wonderful assortment of adventures and I’d say you’re doing everything just right.

    1. Thanks Cindy. I agree about the adventure. I absolutely approach each new project that way, and that’s great. But, as an illustrator,
      not so great. You have a distinct look for your illustration that makes it instantly recognizable as yours, and that’s a very good
      thing. If fact, I’m going to go see what you’ve been creating…:)

  4. Being a photographer it’s really fun to see how you use Photoshop to paint. It seems like a lot work though, when you get to the tiny details as the necklace. But the layer feature is such a handy tool. I can hardly imagine working without it any more. The painting itself is a delight. I love the feeling of hope and openness and sheer happiness. I look forward following the work.

    1. Thanks so much Otto! Yes, I often wonder how much photographers work in PS. Since I work in layers in the physical world while painting, they are second nature, except in a physical painting one can’t make changes or even delete said layers, which is so much appreciated in PS! I feel so fortunate to have all these tools at my disposal:)

    1. Doing my best Geoff. Thank you. I have to tell your that a previous comment you made here caused me to think about how to clarify what I want to say, and what I should not leave out. Thanks you again!

  5. It’s amazing how every step of the way it manages to look so B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L. Thanks again for sharing your steps and process, Elena!! Really cool!

  6. Very interesting elena! I love the mossy looking neckline, very natural looking. The entire piece is so joyful looking as I sit here in 90+ degrees today, spring came and went but your art cools my mind, thanks!

    1. Hi Christina. Glad the moss registered as moss. Thanks so much, you are consistently supportive:) I’ve got the air on here, not nearly as hot as 90, but I HATE humidity. So why do I live in NJ?
      At least you’ve got dry heat?;)

  7. Wow! This is some way beyond my comfort zone. I’m still using Photoshop 7 and I lack your artistic vision and skill but I’m hanging on by my finger tips! I’m picking up wrinkles that I hope I can play with in due course. Keep going Elena – I’ll persevere!

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