Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Worst two weeks ever

I don't want to go into how bad the last couple of weeks have been other than to tell you having no internet and major computer hassles plus being horribly sick sucks. I am alive, I am attempting to keep up but it's been difficult due to the aforementioned problems. I'll post abunch of in progresses.
This is my original vector piece from the Killer Kitty study. Unfortunately, I had to leave the campus before I could finish it, and when I open it on my computer (I have CS3, the labs have CS4), it flattens and I can't pull off any gradients. I'll probably just finish it out in Photoshop.

This is an [unfinished masterstudy of Kalamu ( http://kalamu.deviantart.com ) I love the textures she uses in some of her work. I played around with this one more for the textures.

My original from Kalamu's techniques. I'm using the same brushes that I did in the first one. As I finish i'll add layers of texture to it using the rougher brushes.
Another Kalamu study. She does icons of people's characters, very flat and stylized. Nothing finished, just mostly to get the idea of how she handles the colors on the line work, and the use of the Overlay option.

Original of Sokka as Wang Fire the 'Firebender'. I'm going to do a master study of Sebastian Pether's "The Eruption of Vesuvius" and Sokka here will end up in that style (hopefully). http://www.nelson-atkins.org/art/CollectionDatabase_ImageView.cfm?id=21199&theme=Euro

Since I've been in internet isolation for the past couple of weeks, i've had to think about what exactly I want from my digital work. I think the direction i'd like to push myself in is to make it look more like an oil painting. I'd like to do a study of Joseph Ducreaux/Fairfield Porter/or John Singer Sargeant at some point. But I definately need help figuring out how to get the brushes to look "painterly".


Stephanie said...

I hope your coming weeks are better! :(

I really love the vector piece! It's really fun and high-spirited.
I also really love the Kalamu study, love that great texture. Two different styles and they both remind me of you! Nice job!

Monisawa / Mike Blake said...

Wow! That is a mouthful of a post...

profbabcock said...

lots to read. glad you are back. I hope you can figure out the vector piece. It would be nice to get it to work in Illustrator so you can spend some time mastering the gradient tool there.
There are a lot of ways to make something look painterly. It really helps to do some side by side studies of what you know how to do with real paint. It might help to try copying a small section of one of your own paintings. You can't make a digital painting look like a painting that you don't know how to copy in real paint.

Megan Jones said...

That's a good point Mr. Babcock. I'll try some techniques from my own first.

Jessica Harmon said...

Glad you're back! I'm really loving the original vector piece so far. Can't wait to see some of these after completion.