View Full Version : Getting the ball rolling...

12-04-2000, 07:25 PM
This is in response to TeAnne's post and Little Bear's suggestion about sharing how we work on our digital art.

This is one of my favorite pieces. I sketched the image in Painter Classic with the aid of my trusty Wacom tablet. I then opened the image in Photoshop. I worked in several layers in Photoshop, first laying down the flat base colors, and progressing to the shadows and highlights. I worked almost exclusively with the airbrush tool while in Photoshop, varying the size and opacity. I then took some scans of fabric and converted them into patterns. Working in layers again, I bucket filled the pillow, blanket and nighty with the fabric patterns.

I returned to the airbrush to create the fabric folds, creases and shadows. I flattened the image, saved it and imported it back into Painter Classic, where I used the fine brush to render the hair. I used the same brush at different opacities to create the highlights on the hair. Finally, I used Painter's image hoses to create the floating "dreams".

Well, thats my contribution for now. This is one of the ways that I work. I hope that this helps to get some conversations started. I'd like to know how the rest of you work. I've visited a number of your websites and I've enjoyed what I've seen.

BTW, I've also posted a work in progress in the Critique section. Check it out if you get a chance and give me your opinions.

<IMG SRC="http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/User/Dreams.jpg" border=0>

Lorenzo (digistyle)

[This message has been edited by digistyle (edited December 04, 2000).]

Little Bear
12-05-2000, 06:53 AM
Very nice work!
I really like your use of color. How you worked the soft pink in with the neutral beige color then working your way into the earth tones in the women’s skin. I would love to have a soft sleepy dream like I see here.
Thanks for searing…I'll post mine as soon as I have cut the file size back some.
What resolution is your printable file? Mine are around 400dpi for printing on my printer at home which will print at 1200 (I think?) but sometimes at 1200 the file size is REALLY big like 80mg or more. Why did you start with PhotoShop then use Painter? What is the difference in the two programs?
Again very nice work.


12-05-2000, 06:26 PM
Little Bear,

Thanks for the compliments. I kept the resolution low, only 72dpi. I don't have a color printer and haven't printed a hard copy. I've been doing some reading about printers which can print on canvas. I figure when I buy an additional printer, that will be my main consideration.

I worked the image in Photoshop mainly because of the layers feature. I had recently attended a Photoshop conference and there was a very informative discussion on the power of layers. I also like Photoshop's airbrush tool more than Painter's. I haven't found a technique that I like to render hair in Photoshop, so I did that in Painter.

I think the main difference between the two programs is that Photoshop is primarily an image editor, while Painter more closely simulates traditional artists' tools. I enjoy using both and seldom work exclusively with one or the other.

Thanks again,

12-06-2000, 06:38 AM
Oh God!...This is wonderful. I love it. I have so much trouble getting realism into my mouse drawings. I can't use my drawing tablet, I hate it.

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01-07-2001, 08:03 PM
Lorenzo: A really cool piece of art work, I can see that I'm going to have to get Wacom Pad and give it a try...I've just been using my Adobe to color wash one layer onto my scaned ink drawings, and then mixing and blending different colors for the skin tones.
I really like your work... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/cool.gif

Larry aka Lar/ge

01-08-2001, 07:37 PM
Thanks, Larry. Do get a Wacom. Mine has become one of those "how did I ever get along without one?" tools.