February 11, 2017 at 9:49 am #6298Erik LodinParticipant
I agree that it must take a lot of skill (through lots of practice) to do something like this. But I’ve seen artist do similar paintings in a matter of minutes. Whenever I try it looks pretty childish.
As in the attached painting…
You’re a really talented digital artist Marty. Maybe you can give me some pointers? Do you think my choice of brush is poor? I’m thinking of trying a brush with some “noise” in it to give me some default texture.
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.February 11, 2017 at 3:21 pm #6301MatthewKeymaster
I will talk about this in Monday’s podcast. Great questions. I’ve got some good answers for you.
MattFebruary 11, 2017 at 5:51 pm #6308Marty KulmaParticipant
I am happy to share what i’ve learned about digital painting. Question is, what are you trying to accomplish?
If you want to add texture a textured brush is one way, another is texture layer. If you find a texture you like – you can make it gray scale, adjust levels to limit it to mostly mid-tones and use an overlay blending mode for the layer. Add a opacity layer mask to control where the texture shows through (should be most prominent in the mid-tones). If you are going to use a textured brush – remember to slightly vary the saturation+value or hue+value
If you are looking to make the edges more random (less like cel shading), a texture brush can help – and so can adjusting the opacity & size of your brush followed by multiple passes at the edges (the penumbra and the shadow edge ) – this will make your edges less defined without making them look like cotton. I’d recommend setting the opacity some in the 20% – 50% range and make the brush size pressure dependent. You have to experiment a little to see where the opacity range you are comfortable.
Looking at your image, it looks like you already use hard-edge brushes. I recommend sticking to them. I find soft brushes are good for minor work at the end – like depending shadows, making a “glow” from a highlight or using a blending effect to adjust chroma/saturation (overlay, color dodge, etc.)
good experimenting!February 11, 2017 at 7:17 pm #6313Erik LodinParticipant
Thank you Matt and Marty!
I look forward to the podcast on Monday.
Good idea with the texture layer, Marty. Haven’t though about that.
But I especially appreciate the talk about brushes. Lately I have used 100% opacity with a hard-edge round brush with size set to pressure sensitivity. And yes, I’m a bit afraid of the cotton look but I guess I could try to lower the opacity a bit and see what happens.
I’ll start experimenting. 🙂
/ErikFebruary 16, 2017 at 12:56 am #6435Jennifer FosterParticipant
Finally getting my feet wet on the forums. Do you have any suggestions on the best way to photograph finished artwork? I’ve tried this with different cameras/phones in different lighting and angles, indoors/outdoors. So far I haven’t seemed to be able to figure out how to get a good photo. They come out distorted or looking washed out.
Thanks!February 17, 2017 at 7:05 pm #6448
Help … the reference photo for drawing accurate shapes is missing. Can I use a different image?February 20, 2017 at 2:06 pm #6614
I just fixed it on Saturday.February 22, 2017 at 3:54 am #6646Lisa HamiltonParticipant
`Hi, I didn’t disappear. I was having trouble with the paintings I was doing. I didn’t feel right. I think I had a block, but I’m ok now, maybe I will finish them later. I did like 3 paintings but it just didn’t come out the way I wanted. I do think I need help with style. I am all over the place. although I did pick out one thing for now, I just hate being in a box. That may help me though. Anyway, I think I found what I want to do for now. so next week I will have something to show.February 22, 2017 at 4:10 pm #6647
A senior member in my life drawing class suggested I stand at an easel to draw so I could loosen up. How does one loosen up and not loose proportion? Please advise Matt, or direct me to the answer to this question if you have answered it in the past. I have attached the drawing I did last night. I spent 45 minutes on it.
I guess my photo is too large to upload 🙁February 22, 2017 at 4:40 pm #6649
I think this resize will work.February 24, 2017 at 12:46 pm #6661David WadeParticipant
In order to get some life drawing in, I thought I’d try drawing my portrait using a mirror. The mirrors in my house are on walls. Could you please advise on where I should put myself or how to approach this as I will not be able to look directly at my reflection and drawing without significant head movement.
I would like to get this right as I really struggle with front facing portraits and cannot attend life classes.
Hope that makes sense.
DavidFebruary 25, 2017 at 11:14 pm #6700Jackie StoneParticipant
I struggle a lot with what to put in the background of a painting. In black and white pieces reverse gradation is a really great option. But when it comes to color I feel the choices are endless. Contrast in value, gradation, representational or abstract? And how do you know WHAT STINKING COLOR(s) to choose?! I’d love to know how you decide to fill a background? What’s your process for this? Thanks for your thoughts!
JackieFebruary 27, 2017 at 5:14 pm #6765
Listen to this weeks podcast. Sorry it took too long to get back to you.
MattFebruary 27, 2017 at 5:15 pm #6766
I will address this in this weeks member podcast.
MattFebruary 27, 2017 at 5:16 pm #6767
Listen to tonight’s member podcast.
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