Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
It's Alive! Digital Painting Tutorial
I've been getting a lot of requests lately for a tutorial on my digital painting process so hopefully this post answers your questions. I use Corel Painter for any actual rendering and Adobe Photoshop for adjusting levels, color balance, etc. Digital brushes work better on large images so I never go below 3000 pixels in any direction with my originals. I use an Intuos 4 medium sized Wacom tablet.
1 - The first thing I do is a sketch which I scan and then paint in black and white using Painter. I find painting just the values extremely liberating. Getting the fundamental composition and lighting right in value before introducing color helps me keep the image more coherent. Plus it's just easier on my brain to be thinking of less things at once.
I have a tendency to paint dark, I captured the levels here in Photoshop (Image>Adjustments>Levels) and you can see how on the dark side they were (left) until I adjusted them, bringing a greater range of contrast to the portrait (right).
|1 - paint image in value only.|
|2 - add Gradient Map for base colors.|
4 - Here I just paint in the details and add the finishing touches. I mainly use the cover pencil in Painter for painting. It's simple and similar to a digital airbrush but ends up feeling more natural for some reason. I use the digital airbrush too for adding a punch of color where I need it. I keep them all at low opacity to keep them versatile and to maintain the more natural feeling of building the paint up.
|3 - paint basic colors into Color or Colorize layer.|
4 - paint in details/final rendering.
5 - In the end, I spend time tweaking the image in Photoshop until I come up with something I'm happy with. For this painting I adjusted the levels again and the color balance (making it more blue). I sometimes edit the Hue/Saturation, Brightness/Contrast, etc...just play with it until you're happy.
|5 - do a final adjustment of image settings.|
That's it. Feel free to ask me questions in the comments and I'll do my best to answer them.
Posted by Kevin Keele at 10:08 PM 17 comments:
Labels: Tutorials/How to
Friday, May 13, 2011
"Hey! Listen! Hey!"
Posted by Kevin Keele at 11:10 AM 16 comments:
Labels: Avalanche Topics, Video Games
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Should I Be Flattered?
this post on my good friend Sam Nielson's blog for an interesting story concerning the vacant-eyed red-headed kid in this painting of mine. I'm never sure how to feel about stuff like this. I've seen images of mine replicated before and I usually don't care and am genuinely flattered, but when it's in an actual commercial product...I don't know. Sam's image was obviously used a lot more than mine (this "artist" who used our pictures has good taste at least :) so he's got more to be annoyed with, but I still find myself a little ambivalent about it all. If nothing else, it's a little weird.
Posted by Kevin Keele at 9:59 PM 5 comments:
Labels: Non-thematic/Personal Art
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