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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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Dark Temple Sketches 3

January 4, 2016

Digital Art

More Dark Temple Sketching tonight. Sketching in the lines from which the central tower is suspended: Then blocking in the base colour (the line layer is on top): Blocking in the shadows and highlights: Scaling the image up by 200% and then blending in the tones (I found that the best results were achieved when using the airbrush tool with…

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Dark Temple Sketches 2

January 3, 2016

Digital Art

Picking up on my last post, I’ve started a more detailed drawing of the “central suspended tower” idea. First I put in some blue construction lines and then drew in part of the temple: I then duplicated this part twice using “Paste As New Layer” and then “Merge Down layer” in Gimp and erased a few unwanted lines: A few more construction lines helped…

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Dark Temple Sketches

December 31, 2015

Digital Art

Staying with environments, my next painting will be of a dark temple.  This will be good preparation for illustrating the first panel of my digital comic. I’m starting with a few sketches where I’ve tried to let my imagination run wild. Out of the first 6 sketches, I’ve circled one that jumped out at me: I tried to follow this train…

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Free Desktop Wallpaper Of Atonis Trogade

December 30, 2015

Digital Art

I’ve just uploaded a desktop wallpaper of Atonis to my Desktop Wallpaper page. To avoid screen clutter, I try to keep the background on these images nice and simple. Please help yourselves, I would be honoured if any of you end up using these as your wallpapers.

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Stone Building Digital Painting In Gimp

December 26, 2015

Digital Art

Here’s that stone building digital painting completed in Gimp.  I learned a few things about painting stonework in this one. I’ve described my bumbling digital painting process below:

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Stone Building Digital Painting – Work In Progress 1

December 23, 2015

Digital Art

This stone building digital painting in Gimp is still a work in progress. I’m trying to improve my skills at painting environments with stone buildings.  Very useful for doing fantastical castles and the like. Anyway this will be my last post before Christmas so Merry Christmas everyone!

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Blue Female Face Drawing Sketchbook Journal https://www.zazzle.co.uk/z/a87gwnfa?rf=238950407138878333 via @zazzle

I did this digital portrait drawing in Gimp 2.10 and then added to a pocket sketchbook cover design.
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I've put another of my rabbit sketches onto a personalized mug: https://www.zazzle.co.uk/z/5h0uboe2?rf=238950407138878333 via @zazzle