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Basalt Island Digital Painting Study Part 4

January 16, 2016

Digital Art

Tonight I’ve finished off this study by doing the water.  Again the Shaddy Safadi tutorials gave me a real boost here. On a separate layer with just the water area selected, I brushed in the water highlights: Then I created a water accents layer and brushed in the accents (darker areas): Using Gimp’s Bristles 01 brush for painting in and…

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Basalt Island Digital Painting Study Part 3

January 16, 2016

Digital Art

I wasn’t happy with the basalt rock so I watched a few tutorials by Shaddy Safadi (this guy is awesome) and then went back to the blocking in stage and started again from there. Initial block-in: 2. Blocking in the accents:   3. Using Lock Alpha Channel with a textured brush (Acrylic 2) to give the accents some texture: 4. Blocking…

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Basalt Island Digital Painting Study Part 2

January 13, 2016

Digital Art

I’ve added more detail to my basalt island study. I tried different techniques to getting in the myriad imperfections on the rock face – from using a textured brush to putting on each imperfection one stroke at a time. I found that putting on one stroke at a time gave more realistic results but was really time consuming!

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Basalt Island Digital Painting Study Part 1

January 7, 2016

Digital Art

I wanted to learn how to paint basalt so I’m doing a basalt island study using this photo from Getty Images as a reference. I am deliberately not using the eye dropper tool to sample colours from the photo reference but instead I’m practicing guessing the colours myself. Using the trick of starting out on a small canvas, first I…

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Dark Temple Sketches 4

January 7, 2016

Digital Art

I tried to make the temple look like it was made of basalt (a dark volcanic rock apparently). I experimented with a new texturing process: Using a textured brush (one of Gimp’s built-in acrylic brushes), I painted onto a separate layer. Using the eraser tool on the texture layer, I cut the texture down to fit the shape of the…

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