Tuesday, May 26, 2009

And So It Begins

I am going to start my figure drawing class this next Thursday June 4th 6-9pm at 148 w. 600 s Provo. Email Justin for enrollment.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Little Hood Process

Here is a little on my process.

Start out with a sketch. I rarely draw in context. Meaning I will draw the individual designs separately on paper and then compose them after scan. It is not uncommon for me to draw faces and hands separately. Most of my drawings are about two inches in diameter for any given component.

I generally use the polygonal lasso tool to capture and flood fill my shapes in Photoshop. If I am not too concerned with the size of a file, I try to keep all of the different components such as hair, clothing, skin, etc.... on different layers.

If there is a background I repeat steps 1 & 2 for that. A lot of times I will use soft light layer to harmonize the colors. I have also found color balance to be good for keeping my warms and cools separate.

On a new Screen layer I will start putting in my lighting. For this first one I put in a warm sun light. I like to keep these layers separate from each other so I can change lighting as needed with the HSV sliders.

This image is just some more bounce light and ambient lighting from the sky.

Once I am comfortable with the general direction that the lighting and composition is going, I take it into Painter. Painter allows a better application of color and blending. I will use the eyedropper a lot for blending edges. I also use Ryan Wood's brushes and a couple that Sam pointed out to me.

After that I will kind of take it back and forth from Photoshop to Painter. I like to utilize and leverage the two against each other. I prefer Photoshops brush making abilities, and full screen tweaking. I use a lot of soft light layers and color correction for my work. I try to use auto levels quite a bit, just to see what the math says my colors and values should be. Then I will bring it back into painter for my edge and blend work. Painters brushes are superior in every way for the application of color for my sensibilities. The final step in a piece like this is to take it around the office and get everyone's opinions. Kevin Keele and Joe Olson generally comment on composition. Sam and Scott Stoddard will invariably talk about lighting and value. Ryan always talks about color response and textural quality. An Tom always points out my freaking tangents. It is a good crew to bounce off of.

Hope this helps.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Sending out a feeler

Justin Taylor, a fantastic artist and good friend has asked me to teach a figure drawing class at his academy. If I did it, would anyone (in the Salt Lake/ Provo area) be interested in coming. Send Justin an email for more info? And yes I realize the hands on the guy suck.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Suspect #3: Washed up Actress

I have actually had this done for a long time, except for the hands. Then today I decided to finish them up. Maybe all thirteen by October might be more difficult than I estimated.