Posts Tagged ‘drawing’

Progress on the sun face

December 8, 2009

This morning’s progress:

I am getting really excited about this as I have not really explored working in this way with Photoshop much before. Now that the eyes are making sense I have become a bit bolder and started using the soft brush to paint directly into the image, as well as using more selections created with the pen tool and then softened as needed in Quickmask mode. It is very much like a painting process in the sense of building up layers of tone and colour.

Earlier yesterday:

I started adding areas of darker tones with richer oranges. Using the sketch layer as a guide, I created shapes with the vector tool and then changed the paths to selections which I then feathered in quickmask mode using Gaussian blur. Once things started to make sense I also painted freehand with a very soft blurred brush.


sketch for piece entitled “Cloud 9”

December 1, 2009

This is a pencil I am working on for an illustration on the theme of love. I thought of the goofiness of being completely besotted and wanted to create to goofy characters to show that.

I also just scribbled in the little bird on the thought bubble and he has become my favourite thing in the drawing so far!

I am actually drawing this up in Corel Painter. I have been working in my traditional sketchbook alot recently, but have returned to Painter for this and remembered why I like it so much – I find I can be freer and more daring because I can simply undo any mark or stroke so quickly that I find that I don’t care so much about making mistakes…..I know I should feel the same way about drawing on paper, but Painter is so easy to use as a sketch tool – and provides quick results – that I find myself leaning towards the digital at present…

Watch this space for the next stage in this piece.

Mad Prof Stage 9

November 25, 2009

Right! I think I am happy with the colour palette. I was tempted to leave the background in monochrome (all comments welcome of course!) but I am in a happy mood and thought let’s go for all colour everywhere. However, I have kept to a limited palette. This is really important in my opinion, when creating characters using a vector program like Adobe Illustrator. The strong, flat colours that this program is so good at producing gives a certain look….a bit like the certain look you get in CGI cartoons: no matter who is making em, Disney or Pixar or Dreamworks, they all have a certain quality about them that is defined by the technology being used as the tool. I find if you put too many “flavours” in the mix you lose the strength that is inherent in vector illustrations.

Right, now for some finishing touches and cropping in Photoshop…..

Mad Prof Stage 6

November 25, 2009

Well, I am pretty much done with the main design now. Its time to start thinking about COLOURS!!

Now that I have a fairly decent grey range throughout the image, I can start thinking usefully about the levels of tonal contrast I want in my image. The tones at this stage in the image don’t need to be perfect, but just give a good idea of where to explore in the colour range.

I have added more details in the background and also some lighting effect using a transparent overlay  in front of all the background objects but not the figure, who stands out nicely.

I have also added another little character who is looking on in dismay as our mad prof drinks his potion!

Quick sketch

June 1, 2009

Did this just now using Corel Painter. Its just nice to play around with an ink brush and work really freely – the program gives you such freedom and the variety and weight of line is comparable with working straight onto paper.


Well, heres the final….

May 9, 2009

I don’t usually work in monotone like this, but I thought I would have a go. There are bits I am really happy about and bits where I need to exercise a tad more patience!



April 8, 2009

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