Monthly Archives: August 2014

I LOVE to Prey

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      In the midst of everything I was going through, I had gotten a long way on this picture.  It wasn’t until this morning however, that I remembered to post this!  I’m definitely off my A game…

     As you can see I’ve been blending in my shadows and highlights for this image. The way I usually do this is to take whatever layer of color I’m working on and, using my selection tool (W), I select all of that color. Once you’ve done that, create another layer above your resource layer and press Ctrl+Alt+G. This will create a clipping mask from your selection, allowing you to color or draw at will without bleeped from your parameters!  No more line tracing and erasing!

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The down arrow next to the layer denotes a clipping mask

      My next thing may just be a “me” choice, but it’s worked and I’ll use it until I find a way that works better for me. If all my colors and art agree, I’ll make a copy of the psd file and flatten the image. From there I use the smudge tool to blending and mix in colors. The reason is because it doesn’t give a completely perfect gradation, which looks more realistic to me. I have my own, but my favorite is a tri-point brush I got from an artist named Genzoman(deviantart name).

         Well I’m off to work.  Hope you have a great day and do your best!

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Reality

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      Well, as much fun as I’ve had in the last few days doing traditional stuff,  you just knew I was going to get back to drawing the new fashioned way. My newest muse is a cosplayer named Callie and hopefully some of you recognize her from her page. Her linework was done with a hard edged brush set at 7. The detail lines were done on a separate layer at 4. I didn’t clean up my lines yet; once I get into a zone, certain lines are done over and over until I feel that they look fairly accurate.

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      Once the lines are done, I grouped all of those layers together and lock them. Believe me, you don’t want to spend ANY time fixing a dumb ass mistake now!

     Next I began to add colors. Under a different group, I create a layer for hair. I’ve decided that (a)I’m going to start with muted versions of the final colors for mood and (b)I’ll use colors already in my swatches. If you look really closely, you can pick them all out in the screen grabs.

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      With the skin, I decided that a little bleed over is good. It will help later to create the effect of her wearing objects, as opposed to them merely sitting on her. What about her eyes and lips, you say?
Stay tuned…

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      This will be the bottom layer of this group; the next two are above it. Again I pick the flattest color for my fill, allowing me to add a clipping mask to any layer in order to work it.

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      So clearly there is NO silver on Miss Amazonia in the real image. There won’t be here as well. I’m using the color and mixing it later to create a sheen on the bronze. You’ll like it, trust me.

     I’m feeling a little under the weather, so I don’t think I’ll get a lot done today; but believe me, when it’s done I expect to be pleased! Have a fun day!

Aquadesert

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      So, here I am on the Camden line train,  headed home. Usually Friday night is my pool playing night, but since someone at Otakon broke into my vehicle, I have no pool cue.

      Die screaming,  thief.

       So, as kind of a lark, this week has been about me doing traditional artwork with prisma colors. It’s not a bad way to remind myself of certain principles that are needed for digital work. For instance, making sure you have complimentary colors!

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      You also have to have and idea of what you’re creating. Believe me, I envy guys who can whip ideas out of thin air. But I need a little feeling out time with my images…

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It looks less boring this way

      Of course, I can tell that my sense of proportion suffered while I worked exclusively in the digital medium (band name, called it!) So breaking out the sketchbook or watercolors freshens up those tactile abilities. Don’t forget!  As for me I have a mermaid to finish, so I’m turning up the Tommy Heavenly6!

Otakon Anyone?

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     We had an awesome Otaku convention in Baltimore this year! Unfortunately, I couldn’t go until Sunday, so all my friends laughed at me for taking so long to make it. Sorry, but I work full time jerks!

   I love going to these. It’s always awesome to see so many creative people. To me they are fellow artists;  expressing themselves with needle and thread. They are always happy to pose for a picture and talk about their characters…

  It’s almost the exact opposite of my bodybuilding contest experience.

   Personally, I think both could use a bit of cross breeding. Most fitness competitors are imminently posable; just give them a pose and most can hit it in a graceful way, with the truly experienced able to make it their own.  Cosplay could use a lot of help here. To work that hard on your design then give no work or practice to how to properly present yourself is a little sad.

   However, the attitude of the cosplay crowd is phenomenal! I always leave these events so cheerful. Even the competitive side is fun to be involved in. Of course there’s no calorie hungry ultra emotional issues, but let me ask you this; how long do you think those figures in the above photo stayed in character on an 87 degree day? 

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It's already difficult to get in

     With fitness athletes, I’ve heard no to photo requests a lot. Family and friends are pretty aggressive about screening out anyone who isn’t already in the inner circle. And don’t get me started on the ladies. Perverts do exists, but if I’m a fan and asking for a picture,  where’s the harm?

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Psylocke didn't mind...

    

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Marveling was fine with her picture as well. Not bad for a 120008 year-old vampire!

       So to those involved in these two physical arts, always remember that you can definitely learn from each other. Believe me, it’d make my job much easier!

Workrelease

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      For a change of pace, I pulled out my sketchbook and begin to draw the old fashioned way. It helps me get my sense of scale back, as well as the touch needed to create. I’m not much for imaginary images (yet), so these exercises help me somewhat.

       There has been an increase in difficulty with gaining new customers lately. One of the artists who mentors me said to not be surprised in lulls when it comes to clients and to take any downtime to work on personally gratifying projects. I do have a pretty ambitious one in mind…

      A single picture containing every single member of my family who ever served this country.

      As you’d expect from four generations worth, that’s a large undertaking. Add to that the need to procure images and information…yep, not a small task.

     Guess I better get started, huh?