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08-02-2000, 07:07 AM
This is my first post here :> just thought i would post something i made in photoshop about an hour ago. It was done from a photo.
Any comments critiques questions or whatever are welcome http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
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added a few progress pics in case anyone is interested. in the last pic i realized how large i had made her nose and redrew it making it smaller http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

[This message has been edited by mOO (edited August 02, 2000).]

08-02-2000, 01:26 PM
Very nice. Can you say a bit more about how you did it? Did you manipulate a photo to get that drawinb effect, or did you draw it from the photo (off the computer, if you follow me...)

Personally, I don't think the nose was too large...but maybe I'm just defensive about my own big nose! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Blue Spade Productions

08-02-2000, 04:39 PM
it was done while looking at a photo no manipulation involved. using my trusty mouse i blocked in the shapes the gray negative space and then the shape of her face from there i added the facial features and shading and continued to refine. in the first pic you can see some roughness in the shading because i used the paintbrush tool set to about 40% opacity.

08-03-2000, 06:55 AM
With a mouse ? Wow....
I'm just learning to color with computer.
How to improve this pic ?

08-03-2000, 03:20 PM
I like the style of shading you are going for anime has always interested me. There seem to be a lot of little white pixels by your lines in the colored version did you use magic wand? A much better and easier way if you are using paintshop pro or photoshop is to create a new layer over your line drawing and set it to multiply. Then when you draw on this layer the colors will show up under the lines. If you are interested in the anime drawing style you might want to check out http://urd.alphalink.com.au/ if you haven't already.

08-03-2000, 05:53 PM
Made this about 5 months ago shows a little more clearly how i draw in photoshop but with the portrait i didn't use any line only blocked in different shapes. I never added any eyelashes to this http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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08-04-2000, 03:59 AM
Yes...I was using the magic wand. :-)
Thanks...I'm a regular visitor of that site.

08-05-2000, 05:36 AM
I am in awe. Which version of photoshop are you using? I'm interested in learning web design, but my first interest is the fine arts...ALL of them, and am fascenated but the potential of the computer, but have had difficulty finding any serious resources. I'd really love to find out more about your techniques, etc. Both of you.

08-05-2000, 05:44 AM
for those of us who are digital art freaks, could you talk a little about what specific settings you used, and how u used layers and masks. These pictures would make a great tutorial for wetcanvas!!!

Here's some of the stuff I've been working on

<a href="http://webpages.charter.net/hentond/canvas/dhh_ritual.jpg">Cafe project 7</a>

If this is what you can do with a mouse, just think of what you could do with a tablet!! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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08-05-2000, 08:29 PM
Thank you for all the comments http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gifI dont really use any specific setting for the paint tools in photoshop always adjusting them to best suit what i need. As for layers in the pictures above i created a new layer if i was afraid I might mess something up which might not be the best way maybe you want to keep each element on its own layer which would provide a lot of freedom in the end.A lot of what you learn using traditional methods can be applied to digital art and Michael's excellent tutorials can easily be applied to digital you may also want to check out www.goodbrush.com (http://www.goodbrush.com) he has a couple pages showing how he works and he compares using the paintbrush tool in photoshop with some trnapsarency to using gouache.

08-06-2000, 11:33 AM
mOO, thanks for the URL. What a cool website. I've always wanted to know what the role of computers has been in the business of movie matte painting, and now I know. I love the Internet, THANKS!

"Art is anything you can get away with." -- Marshall McLuhan

09-02-2000, 05:35 AM
yes, computer art is a wonderful thing, thanks for sharing moo. few suggestions: it looks like in both the final images, you had some parts left over that weren't blended, and could use a little more smudging... (topright of eye, hair line of girl), also... for the girl's hair, you might try removing some of it towards the back, like a gradual fade to almost nothing. anyways, those are just suggestions. i used to do alot of drawing stuff with photoshop, and i want to get back into it!.. hehe its sort of cheating, though, IMHO, because you can add millions of layers and erase forever without worrying about the underlying surface, and digital images allow a thousand times more detail than any other medium (but that just ups the competition http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

PS. I've done this stuff with mouse and pen... I suggest you get a pen/tablet if possible, but mainly to save time... i didn't really notice a whole lot of improvement when i got my tablet! with a tablet you can use opacity-sensitivity in photoshop (harder you press down on the pen, more opaque/thicker it becomes), and it saves a lot of time.