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madster
12-31-2006, 04:39 AM
A "stick figure" for the WhinyBabies who think you can't say anything unless you prove you can draw...
Photoshop with a Wacom tablet.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Dec-2006/11834-L2.gif

~M

digistyle
12-31-2006, 08:30 PM
LOL!

Madster, I always enjoy your critiques. They are usually well thought out and IMHO, on target. Good critiques help everyone grow. Your critiques are a valuable resource to those who want to grow artistically. Have a go at my pieces anytime!

I created this piece a few months ago and it just seem relevant. I hope you don't mind me posting it here.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Sep-2006/1629-critiques.jpg

madster
01-03-2007, 03:37 AM
Thank you Digi, you made my day, and my week with that one! Now if I could just be that skinny...lol!

Here is the first experiment I posted in Photo Manips, in response to a new "one click easy" plugin that Alien Skin is offering.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jan-2007/11834-ComicEffect1.jpg

I followed up with the piece at the top, here, and then completed this one tonight for a friend:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jan-2007/11834-Yippee.jpg

Now I'm starting to get, "Oooh, can you do one of ME?" requests...lol! It's funny how people love seeing themselves turned into "art," even when it's not the greatest of art. These are fun to make, though, and not too hard, just a bit time consuming.

Thanks for the supportive words!
~M

madster
01-04-2007, 01:13 AM
A few people have asked a bit more about the technique...

The outlines are sometimes the hardest, but a wonderful tutorial (for an entirely different effect) over in Photo Manipulations turned out to be almost perfect for setting up the basic drawing...Here's (http://retouchpro.com/tutorials/?m=show&id=268) the tutorial. It's a video, and it's a bit slow for me...but I speed read, and talk even faster, so print is my preference over most video tuts...

If you want the "cliff notes" for the effect,
1. Always work on a duplicate of your original photo (Image>Duplicate)
2. Duplicate your image layer (Drag it down to the new layer icon in the Layers Palette OR Layer>Duplicate Layer)
3. Desaturate the layer (Ctrl+Shift+'U', OR Image>Adjustments>Desaturate)
4. Duplicate the Desaturated Layer, so you have your original image, and 2 B&W layers above it.
5. Invert the top B&W layer (Ctrl+'I' OR Layer>Invert)
6. Change the blending mode in the Layers Palette to "Color Dodge" for the top B&W layer. Your inverted image disappears.
7. Filter>Other>Minimum, and Adjust the slider until you get an outline that you like, click OK.

Then, you have a few options on how to proceed. The easiest (although most time consuming) is to create a blank layer above this, and with a paintbrush set to Black, 100% opacity, the Shape Dynamics box unchecked, and the spacing slide bar set to '0,' simply paint over the outlines you've created on the other layer.

Once you have your outline, you can either bucket fill areas (fastest), or paint them in, using the "behind" mode in the tool bar at the top of the screen.
Apply your Color Halftone filter to the skin tones, and use other textures/effects for everything else.
Add a thought or speech balloon, if desired.

BrendaSue
01-06-2007, 12:02 PM
These are great Madster! And thanks for the tut... will have to give that a try. I did a manga at one time of my daughter... back in her blond days, and it will be cool to do one of these, too.

Bree

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2007/83784-amanda_manga2.jpg