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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.

Fifteen Minute Hair

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I love to render thick manes of long hair.  Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I’m familiar with them.  From age fourteen to thirty, I dragged around my own head of long heavy hair that reached nearly to my ankles.  Why, you may ask?  Couldn’t really tell you. I just…grew it.

It’s much more fun to saddle my characters with outrageous tresses than to actually wear them myself.  There is not however, any real secret to confide about how to render quick and easy digital Photoshop hair. There is however, a bit of a shortcut.  In a word, it’s a brush. A “hair” brush. Make a few of them. They’re really useful for getting the strands going, after you’ve laid in the values that forecast the shapes of the curls or bunches of hair.

I always work at least five times bigger than the print size.  *First -I lay in the shapes of the darks and lights *Second-I use my “hair” brushes or make more to fit the tresses. This creates many quick layers of hairs to build dimension.   *Third-I use a big round soft brush with low opacity and a cool color to “glaze” areas I want to push back  *Fourth-I use my “hair” brushes where appropriate, usually with a lighter warmer color  *Fifth-I use a small round brush and begin to draw each hair.  Sometimes I repeat steps 3 through 5 many many times until I achieve a messy organized chaos.  For me, that’s the look that works.

Emmadroid:A Partial Tutorial

As promised, a tutorial covering the basics.  In evidence are the magic Photoshop conveniences of gradients, filters, and made to order brushes.  I do not have time this week to cover the alchemy of making the hardware, which is simply a Photoshop enhancement via filters, that takes ordinary lines and turns them to silver and gold.   Though I am obviously enamored by  the wonders of Photoshop, don’t for a moment believe that I leave the traditional drawing and painting skills in my messy old studio.  It’s still all about the  concept, composition, drawing, and painting.

I’d like to acknowledge two digital master artists whose skills and generosity astound me.   It was one year ago that I discovered them.  They taught me through their tutorials, to beam my  traditional skills up into the digital world.    Thank you Linda Bergkvist http://www.furiae.com    and Marta Dalig     http://dahlig.blogspot.com      Check out their amazing work and detailed tutorials.  A very big heartfelt thank you to you both.

A Gentle Android

I am fascinated with android/AI lore.. as much as is reasonable for any healthy grown up person.  I am also constantly working to strengthen my digital painting and illustrative story telling skills.  Therefore, I find myself connected to my mac and tablet for hours at a time.  I clip my Creative Zen Stone mp3 player  to my collar while I work.  It dramatizes hundreds of digitized audio books, just for me.  Ok, yes, wait for it…  a parallel connection.  I need to recharge and escape to the digital world much like an android, (or as I imagine would be necessary for a humanoid android, not the phone or tablet, though they need to recharge as well).  Whew..The reality is, that  I become lost in the work and captivated by the stories through the magic world of digitalization.

That’s where images of my long- suffering family and friends get dragged  kicking and screaming into my right brain.   Above is the gentle and beautiful Emma android.  Thank you and sorry, Emma:)

I’ll post some “making of Emmadroid images next time.

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