Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Scatterbrained UPDATE 4

So here's the finished piece...
I ended up desaturating a few areas. I realized I really tend to drift around a lot, jumping from place to place. Although I don't normally like to use the "airbrush", I ended up using it a lot more in this one as I went on. It helped to soften certain areas. Generally I tried to get a soft tone with broad varying shades then used smaller brush strokes to cast heavier shadows and hilites here and there. I find in difficult to make certain calls over time because it feels like I dont know whats good anymore after I stare at it for too long.
At some point during the process I start to play around with textures. This is usually what makes me start changing some things. I might like what something does and it skews me in that direction. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for worse.
Thanks to Bruno again for some tips!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Scatterbrained UPDATE3

Here's a quick look at where I'm at so far....
As you can see I decided to go with a cloud back ground over the rock and water thing I had goin in the sketch... Thank to Bruno for hookin' it up with some sweeeeet P-Shop brushes. Thanks you Bruno for slowing down my machine!
There's still a little bit I want to "clean up" and still some painful decisions to make.
I will also play with a few "atmospheric choices." But I'm feelin' its almost time to move on.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Scatterbrained UPDATE

That didnt take long... I already ended up making major changes to her hair and added some kind of hair bow thingy. As far as my actual coloring process, I'm a little all over the place... just feeling out what i think works. I do make sure to keep things pretty layered though. Sometimes I think Ive got too many layers...

I guess I instinctively tend to start painting detail in around the face. There's no rhyme or reason to where I start or what level of detail I work to. Since I feel that I run around aimlessly and uninspired at times it seems to keep me interested most. This is really rough and I'm sure that I'll end up pushing the contrast quite a bit as I move along, adding little things. And as always, who knows what the colors will be. I may even feel like dramatically changing her hair color or shape, who knows. I'm crazy like that. However, I'm liking the direction so far, so this is what I'm going with for now. I also seem to go really saturated with the colors off the bat. I may end up desaturating it a bit.
She's starting to look a little like my friend Jasmin. She was actually here this weekend from Dallas to celebrate our friend Sam's b-day! Drunken Karaoke was a good time! HAPPY BDAY SAM!