Saturday, July 6, 2013

Mary Color studies

Today I focused on some various studies of the same subject (Mary) to test out different approaches.  In the top one I focused entirely on values and trying to find hard and soft edges within the figure. 

Then for the next two I tried a couple color overlays.  One with the "color" layer setting, the other with the "overlay" setting (the repeating words are mostly just coincidence).  I'm not crazy with how those looked... kinda greyed out and bleh

Finally, I tried another layer from scratch (using the grey layer as a guide but later hidden) and first blocked out the colors I felt worked, trying to lean towards desaturated hues, then using opacity to tighten them up (though I lost some of the darker shadows in the process).

I'm really liking this last approach, even the roughness of the strokes.  I'm still a ways off on this whole painting thing, but I think I'm starting to gain traction  :D

Friday, July 5, 2013

Turtle Power!

Today I woke up feeling like working on painting shadows on the planes of the face.  I started with a study from this regular joe I found on google search, but the boredom nearly did me in, so Instead I made a Ninja Turtle.

I may not be able to maintain it as I get busy with other stuff, but I'm trying to do little painting a day, nothing fancy, just a way to force that digital practice I sorely need.

JoyRiders page 79

check out JoyRider updates FIRST at Rare Earth Comics

Some of you returning readers may have noticed an abrupt change in style.  Let me just say I've got good reasons for this change, and though it may be bumpy along the way it's heading in a good direction. I'll post details soon.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Finally learning digital painting

After dragging my feet on learning to paint for years, I'm finally buckling down and getting into it. 

I'm trying to get at least a bit closer to the guys who make things like this 
by Thom Tenery, check him out

Or this
Kekai kotaki... amazing

But as you can see from my own stuff, it's still a long long long way off.  I'm just now trying to get my brain around color relationships and pallet choices.  I'm happy to show you all the warts along the way, if just to hear that my stuff is slightly improving.

Also, for those noticing the stark visual change in JoyRiders, I AM shamelessly using it as a platform to practice my digital painting.  it may look a bit ugly for now, but I strongly believe it'll have amazing results down the road.