Friday, February 20, 2015

Plus Color

So apparently, Overlay and Multiply Layers are my new friends (at least for this piece). I had fun and learned a few things. I think it could use some more detail and color/value tweaking, but I'm happy with the result of this current exercise.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Background Accretion

I know I already mentioned a few improvements I could make to my last drawing. One of the suggestions I had for myself was to create a background. Since I am not usually very good with scenery, I thought this would be a useful exercise. So I gave it a shot. I'm relatively pleased with the results.

I built up the image in the background, much the same way I did the figure, by slowly building up layers of "paint." At first I tried to use the same brush that had worked so well on the figure, but because it was a custom brush, Photoshop kept getting bogged down with rendering it. Instead I switched to a round preset brush. I set it to almost 0% hardness so the brush strokes would look soft. The blurry edges helped me get a feel for the values without getting caught up in details I would probably eventually paint over anyway. It also aided with atmospheric perspective.

I am going to hazard a colored version, although I've been quite satisfied with the grisaille at this point.

Because: Waterfalls.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Grisaille Fox Girl

Here is a recurring character from my "thought" library. This time I was inspired to work with a softer black and white than previously seen in my other pieces. I used a square brush in Photoshop, set roughly to 100%, 50% and 20% opacity as needed. I switched between black and white liberally, opting for an additive method.

I am considering adding a background so there will be a little more context to the image. I don't think it is necessary, but I could use to work on adding interesting backgrounds to my figural work. In addition, since the image is already a grisaille, using color layers set to multiply over the current image would be an easy upgrade (and good practice). Maybe these upgrades will be the subject of a future post.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Random Sketches

I have some sketches that have been laying around that I thought might be fun to share. A little on the older side, these come from the pocket sketchbook that is permanently stowed in my purse. Whenever I'm waiting somewhere and need to pass the time, or need to keep my hands busy during a long presentation, this is where I go - into my purse for that little Moleskin sketchbook and a ballpoint pen.