Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The rain has returned

And so we continue with our regularly scheduled macabre programming.
As a side note there was some process behind this which I'm going to rattle on about. It started entirely digitally, just screwing around, but it wasn't coming out.

 I wanted to keep working on it though so I printed it out lightly and redrew it overtop and worked out the form. I don't know why I still find that WAY easier with a pencil than on my Cintiq.

Anyways then I went back in and was very strict about using the 3-tone shading system then I went in and did some refining work on the shading. Ultimately my goal was to remove the sketch entirely and work as though it's a painting like I've been trying to learn.

So I go on my merry way and eventually finish up, then decide it's better with a bit of the sketch in.

Just for fun I started applying bad photoshop filters to it when LO... one of them (Poster edges) looked kinda good. What I realize it did is reinforce the sketch underneath the painting and bring out some of the texture I'd lost in the process.

I do hate it when I rely on a blanket photoshop filter to fix things but I'll take it as a tool to throw into the toolbox.

I think the most frustrating thing though is that he looks so much less stiff and more realistic with the sketchlines in which was the opposite of what I was trying to accomplish.

Still I enjoy the finished result and happy to be enjoying playing again.



Mantan Calaveras said...

You should load up the painted version without the sketch, so's we can compare 'em.

I tend to have similar little epiphanies with Photoshop, though I take 'em for what they're worth and don't sweat it just because it's a built in filter.

Sean Covernton said...

Yeah it's that I'm trying to transition out of photoshop and relying on a coverall solution irks me procedurally. I'm trying to move away from layering and colour filtering to fix things

Mantan Calaveras said...

Right, that impulse to get really skillful with straight up painting, and not relying on tricks.

I mean laying in the right contrast and color relationships in one go is a skill traditional painters have to develop, but we digital artists can cheat!