And … background!

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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.

Nice colors

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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.

New commission underway

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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.

Space mosasaur again

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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.

Orange and gray clouds

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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.

Runaway with shading

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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.