Sunday, 19 April 2015

Photoshop practice

Well I've really struggled with learning to paint in photoshop. I think I probably shouldn't have made the Fancy Animal assignment from the Magic Box course as my first try at it. This is where I'm at with it right now and I'm not very happy with it and I seem to keep making it worse every time I work on it. I am learning a lot though and I'll likely start over again with it.
I decided that I needed to do something a bit simpler so I've taken a picture from Preston Blair's Advanced Animation (first edition) that I got from Animation Resources and used it for painting practice. These drawings are perfect for this because they are so simple and yet every line is informative and describes the shape and form of the character.
I practiced some of the photoshop lesson that I learned on Matt Khor's Ctrl Paint tutorials.
I traced the drawing using the paintbrush tool in black and kept that on a separate layer. Then I painted in the whole character silhouette with a bright red. I used the locked transparent pixels to roughly paint in the main colors over this. I then used clipping masks to refine my painting over this. I used the locked transparent pixels to color the line work and then just added a bit more detail and smoothed out the lines on top of that.  It worked quite well and I'll probably use this approach again. I used Chris Oatley's Carlson brushes for all of the painting. His brushes are amazing!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Easter Robin

Here is a new drawing I did to celebrate Easter. I hope you enjoy it.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015


I made this image for Illustration Fridays topic Reflection. I've had the idea and a rough sketch of this for a long time. I got the idea for this painting from an experience while visiting my sister. My sister has a great view of the lake from her place and a couple of times I got to see a great blue heron fly in close to the shore. They seem like such magical creatures.
I intended to do this in Photoshop and give it a painterly look but I started working in Drawplus (a vector based program) to plan out the painting. I still want to do the painterly version. I've started the clouds but that's as far as I've got.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Anne of Green Gables

I've been reading Anne of Green Gables and was inspired to paint a picture of Anne. Anne of Green Gables really is a wonderful Canadian classic.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Wild Rose

Here is a new flower design that I just finished. It is a detail for a part of another picture I am working on.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Fancy Animal Comparison

I drew a new face for my Fancy Animal painting. I'm not sure if I like it better or not but I'd better get started on the painting soon or I'll never finish this.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Fancy Animal assignment color comp

I'm taking Chris Oatley's Magic Box class on line. It's really great. I recommend it to anyone wanting to learn about making digital art.
It has taken me a long time to finish this first part of the assignment mostly because I got quite frustrated with learning photoshop. I think I am finally starting to get the hang of it.