Saturday, September 24, 2011

Experimenting on the Ipad

Just having a little fun with the "Artrage" app on my IPad. I like it for mimicking lush buttery oil paint without all the mess and clean up. I also like the ability to "dry" the painting so you can work on top of the thick paint you already put down. The wet into wet or alla prima simulation is almost unnerving in how real it feels.

Monday, September 12, 2011

It's live on Folio Academy! - New Photoshop Tutorial

As Promised I'm finally finished with this series - I'll be updating accounts this week for all those who have already purchased "Digital Painting in Photoshop from either or So - I'm giving this tutorial away for Free to anyone who has purchased the first course. I'm not sure how long it will take to get all the accounts updated - we're working on a way to automate it but either way it will happen soon.

Friday, September 2, 2011

New Photoshop Tutorial

Whoooeee - I'm finished! This was a fun one and now I'm in the editing process for the video tutorial. As I mentioned before I'll be giving this one away for FREE to anyone who has purchased my "Digital Painting in Photoshop" Videos from either my site or Folio Academy. It's my way of saying thanks for all the support we've been getting and continue to get. I hope to be finished with the editing process in a week or so - I have a crazy hectic schedule at the moment.

I'm tired - having fun but tired - I'm wearing lots of hats right now. Just trying to get the colors right - this piece is a challenge because there isn't a lot of warm light which means almost everything needs to be on the cool side.

It's slow going but I'll get there. Just starting to add lighter values and colors and trying to figure out my color scheme as I go. One of the advantages of working digitally - testing colors on "throw-a-way" layers.

I've now added a "multiply" layer and started to work color into the background using the airbrush with the "texture" turned on in the brush pallet. The texture is a scanned texture I made with acrylic heavy gel medium and black and white acrylic paint.

I added the value on the ipad using the airbrush tool. I want to try to figure out where all the dark and light areas are going to be before I start adding color. This is crucial because once you get deep into the color process it's hard to fix value problems.

Since I've switched over to Photoshop 5 I thought it might be nice to offer another tutorial. I'm going to give it away for FREE to those who have already purchased my "Digital Painting in Photoshop" video series - I'll just update everyone's account at Folio Academy with this new video series. So what I'm going to do is work on it a little each day and post my results here on my blog as I have a big project for National Geographic Kids Mag going on right now too.

This is a little sketch I did on my ipad with my finger - I've gone paperless by the way - I never intended to go green but when technology makes it easier to use than paper...

I'm calling this painting "Class System". I find it ironic that often it's the working class/poor who are much happier in life than the rich who control everything but still turn to drugs, alcohol, and suicide. Oh no - I actually have something to say? This is weird.

Anyway, I'll try to post my results each day for a week or so.