Posts Tagged ‘editorial’

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.


April 8, 2009

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