Well! I now have both characters roughed out, as well as the rocks and trees. And water.
I’m pondering doing a photo texture cheat the way I did in my Mosasaur pic, because I really don’t feel like drawing all the ripples on the lake’s surface. Also, have you ever noticed that lakes and oceans look distinctly different? If you do a google image search on “sunset lake” and “sunset ocean”, you’ll see what I mean.
Gah, I’m so intimidated by this new blog system that I’m coming off as kind of boring. It’s silly, really. It’s like WordPress is this formal person in a business suit that I need to talk to, and I have trouble working up the nerve. But once I do go up to it and shake its hand, it’s very friendly and welcoming.
Anyway, the pic’s coming along. I’ll try to finish it tomorrow.
Here’s how the commission is coming along. I got the details corrected, and I’m working on the colors and lighting now.
I usually do pics like this by laying in the background color and lighting first. That way I know which way the shadows fall. I like the colors in this pic so far … calm and pastel-ly. A change from the last couple of pics I’ve done.
Know what happens when you make cinnamon rolls and glaze them with chocolate glaze?
You get these.
Gaze upon their velvety texture.
They tasted as good as they look.
Starting a new commission for Gugoomba. These are his characters, Mira and Angel. Angel’s the echidna, and she’s no problem. It’s Mira who is giving me fits. She’s like a Sonic version of a Vaporeon, a kind of water Pokemon. I’m still trying to hammer out her design, and I need to get in touch with GG again to clarify some details. Like her feet, and if she wears anything.
This will be a pretty pic when I’m done. I’m going to try to make it all sparkly, with a bloom effect on the light. I’ll have to see if I can find that one tutorial again … it’s tricky to do.
I went back and tinkered with this one a little bit. I’ve been comparing pictures of gas clouds in space with clouds in the Earth’s atmosphere. And they look a lot alike. It’s like particle physics are the same throughout the universe! Who knew?
Well, it sure makes things easier for artists. So I roughed out some big fluffy cumulus clouds and packed ’em full of stars.
Then I didn’t feel like painting the underside of the water’s surface, so I got a pic off Google. Photoshop’s real good at making photos look like a part of your painting, you know?
Now the mosasaur looks all rough. I need to fix him up, and define his starry tail, too.
These clouds were interesting to paint.
I started with a background, which was a round gradient from orange to gray, sort of like a sunset on a cloudy evening. First I tried using just the Smudge tool to make clouds, but that was taking too long. So I just painted in some cloud shapes, then swirled them with Smudge afterward. I tried changing the brush on the Smudge tool, and got some really great effects. And just with the default Photoshop brushes, too! I had fun making them all varied and cool looking.
Here’s all the shading done on an orange and gray gradient. It kind of gives it all a nuclear holocaust sort of feeling, doesn’t it?
I went a bit overboard with the spiffy Photoshop grass brushes there in the foreground. I wanted to see what they could do, so I tried lots of different things. I might just delete that entire layer and do it over again.
Otherwise, I’m satisfied with the way it’s coming along. I just hope Aura likes it, too.
Beginning work on a commission for Aura.
Starting a new commission! This one is for Aura, who requested a scene from a fanfic where her character is escaping from some kind of evil government test facility. Hence the spotlights. 🙂