Read on if you wonder why the heck it took me 3+ years and 32 different saves to finish this image. :}
I rarely have the patience for photorealism, but I guess I see the allure. Anyway, I learned a bunch of things with this one.
One such thing was rendering smooth face planes with the airbrush. I’d tried it in the past but the result would usually end up blotchy and plastic, partly due to poor control. This time I airbrushed in a new layer set in dissolve mode. When I was done, I converted the layer to a smart object, rasterized it, turned back into normal mode (keeping the ultra-sharp speckles from dissolve mode), then lightly erased for a softer effect.
Reference (Nastya Kusakina photographed by Jurij Treskow):
The dissolve effect up close:
Alien egg, Daily Spitpaint
Trying out some Apophysis-based brushes I made yesterday.
Even better: it’s a real place! Actually called Dragon Lake (Drakolimni in Greek), it’s in Vikos–Aoös National Park and stands at an attitude of 2km. I’m trying to plan an excursion there this spring, after the snows thaw.
Here’s the reference photo:
There are dragons there, too (hence the name). Except they look like this. :p
(2) Used a couple textured brushes for the foliage base (one was made on the spot).
(3) A few more details to the definition (tree barks, grass). These three steps were all wrapped up in under ten minutes.
(4) I wasted most of the rest of the time trying to get the figure more or less right. This one was the 4th attempt and only marginally better than the others. I had that 30’ time constraint looming over me, so I went ahead to flesh it out anyway.
(5) Sun beams!
(6) Colour Balance / Curves adjustments, a few more leaves near the top, then merged all layers and sharpened the image. Done! Lots of errors I’d like to correct, but I should probably just make a mental note of what went wrong and carry on. :)
For today’s 30’ Daily Spitpaint.
(Topic was ‘Epic Sunlight’, but I feel I missed the epic part here.)
My blogspot is a bit neglected! I posted a sum-up of my sketches from early January until now. Some of them I’ve already posted here on tumblr, but some are new.
Who is this woman? I used to know her story once, but it has changed since, and keeps changing. Cania is not even her name; it is a name for the icy land where her story ends. That is all I know for certain.
Just a teaser; the painting is probably done, but I will take another look at it tomorrow with fresh eyes.
… let’s hope I won’t unravel it again resulting in another week/month/year’s work. :p
This has been three years in the (un)making. I mean to finish it this weekend.
I joined Daily Spitpaint in an attempt to get back to the habit of painting quick pieces every now and then.
Today’s topic (among others): The red tree
I had a somewhat creepier and more complex composition in mind, but there’s no way I could pull it off within only 30 minutes!
Marcus ‘Littlepike’ Coates, Victoria ‘Threeleaf’ Glyn, and Psellos Tarsitus, commissioned character portraits.