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PeriSoft
04-13-2014, 11:55 PM
...was playing around with brushes and happened upon an idea, which, for fun, I'll see if anyone can guess from looking at the test I did. :)

Pretty psyched about the process actually; I think it's got a lot of potential, at least for b/w stuff. Click for larger (50%) version - oddly it looks better when zoomed in...


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2014/1697450-focustest.jpg ("http://www.perisoft.org/art/focustest.jpg)

...and a 100% crop:

http://www.perisoft.org/art/focustest-crop.jpg

Elainepsq
04-14-2014, 02:45 PM
Hmmm, it would easier to guess if I knew what program you are working in...

PeriSoft
04-14-2014, 09:01 PM
Hmmm, it would easier to guess if I knew what program you are working in...

Painter X3. And it's all hand drawn; no filters or automation or anything. I did use layers though.

arl
04-15-2014, 06:23 AM
This is wonderful work and cute.

dennylives1
04-15-2014, 10:27 AM
is it the brushes? which type? most programs let you choose brush type. traditional or fur. trees, animal or objects.

LavenderFrost
04-15-2014, 11:33 AM
I don't think we can ever guess, you'll just have to tell us. It does have a nice look to it though.

And your link is not quite right.
http://www.perisoft.org/art/focustest.jpg

PeriSoft
04-15-2014, 01:33 PM
Whoops. My self-enforced, multi-year departure from forums has resulted in my BBcode being quite rusty...

Yeah, so, while I was doing the rhinoseros, I was using the save and replay brush stroke thing in Painter X3 to get through some of the big area crosshatching quicker. But the way it works, you tap, and it goes skitchaskitcha and plays back your brush stroke. But you can't hold down the pen and have it continually play back a stroke - it has an option for 'automatic' but all that seems to do is lock up my tablet for 10 minutes and then show a huge hairy rectangle. :)

Anyway, since X3 has a ton of options to customize brushes, I decided to see if I could modify a pencil to crosshatch automatically. Unfortunately, the 'jitter' setup is the only way I could find to accomplish something similar, and it basically undertakes a random walk in *all directions*, not in an organized way.

I decided to play around with it anyway, and changed a few other things (including continuous build-up) and realized that it generated this really nice hazy, textured feel. And because of the way the pencil builds, it has an almost photographic look to it.

And thinking about that made me think, hey, usually when people draw, they outline a shape, figure out what goes where, and move around filling in detail, or blocking in color / shade and modifying it, etc. But maybe you can do things on another axis - think about it like a frequency distribution: First put in low frequencies, then higher ones, and that way you don't use a lot of effort putting detail in places you don't need it.

So I did a base layer with a huge fat brush, and lo, because your brain really tries to figure out what's happening with a blurry image, you can almost *automatically see* what it would look like if it was a little sharper. So I made a new layer, made the brush a bit smaller, and just went through making it a bit sharper. I specifically wasn't *trying to draw shapes* or anything - I knew I was drawing a face, but I wasn't thinking about it in terms of planning light and shadow really; I just let my brain automatically tell me what *it* expected to see, and did that. It makes decisionmaking really easy, because you don't have to worry about anything but whether *this layer* is OK; it'll fix itself next time around if it's not.

So rinse and repeat, and after 6 layers I was down to a single pixel brush (which was effectively bigger because of the jitter). And it's cool, because if you hide all the 'lower' layers, you see exactly what you get in photoshop if you do 'find edges' - just the high frequency bits are left.

If anyone's interested I can do a cutaway showing the difference between the layers... I'm mostly an ignoramus when it comes to art, so maybe this is something that either everyone knows about or has been done in modified form without thinking of it this way for ages, but it was definitely a big departure from the way I'm used to thinking of drawing - spatially - to thinking about it as kind of a frequency spectrum problem.

...hopefully that didn't all sound completely insane. :D

Lucy-Foote
04-15-2014, 02:22 PM
It reminds me of what Salavador Dalhi would paint. Surealist. :)

Lucy http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Apr-2014/70668-A_Foote_icon_bak.JPG