Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Creating Digital Art with Photoshop

Hello all, so excited to share some new art with you today! The week before last, I began an exploration of Digital Art using the program Inkscape (similar to MS Paint), creating two digital paintings: “On the River” and “Snow Day.”

While I enjoyed the challenge of using that particular free software, I was disappointed with the interface, which didn’t have all the features (brushes mostly) that I wanted. It was time for an upgrade, and after doing some searching on YouTube, I found several concept artists doing fantastic work with Photoshop (PS).

Admittedly, PS is not a free program, but for those of you interested in trying it, Adobe offers a free 7-day trial, which I used to create the pieces that I am sharing today (currently they offer a monthly subscription to use the program after the 7 days, but you can at least see if it something you are interested in purchasing). Please note that I am not receiving any compensation for this review, but trying to provide information on creative outlets for fellow artists and art enthusiasts.

Here is a great YouTube video on "Thumbnail Art” that will help you get started with using PS for painting:

Needless to say, I am hooked—this one program does everything that I want it too, and I know that I have only scratched the surface. Even more than that, some of the effects that I can create PS are much easier and faster than I it would take me to recreate on a canvas. In addition, the ability to quickly sketch out ideas, evaluate them on the spot, and then undo is very powerful, because mistakes are sometimes harder to fix when using real paint (especially when working with oils).

Ultimately, I had a lot fun using this program and created 6 new paintings in 7 days! Here are the first few paintings from this series – I will feature the rest very soon in upcoming post. These first ones are very atmospheric, something that is easy to do with PS. The detail level also increases over the course of this first set of digital art. For this set, the Fantasy Genre, Film and Game Design Art that I saw other concept artists creating in this medium inspired me. 

The Digital Paintings:

“River Valley.” Digital Art by Charles Wolf.
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For this first painting, “River Valley” I used a soft round brush with the opacity of the paint set to about 65%, mimicking watercolor paint, which is slightly translucent. When I was satisfied with the composition, I added a light effect with an overlay layer using an airbrush (this can be found under the wet media brushes – took me a while to find it), and then made a new adjustment layer using Color Balance and Curves to fine-tune the lighting for the entire piece.

The next three pieces were created using a gradation as my background layer and employed a chalk “brush.” I used the color picker tool (looks like an eye dropper in PS), and selected colors from my gradient, which ensured a monochromatic uniformity to the pieces with a mist or fog like effect. 

The first two artworks of this set are merely a variation – “The Pass” features a great stone wall at the top of the pass, and “The Ruins” some sci-fi or fantasy structure looming in the distance (not sure of it’s purpose – just thought it looked cool).

“The Pass.” Digital Art by Charles Wolf.
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“The Ruins.” Digital Art by Charles Wolf.
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This final piece directly explores the idea of fog in a pine forest by some distant mountains in the early morning – used more air brush effects, a gradient background layer, and that same chalk brush. I found that playing the soft cream yellow against the cool blues had a very cinematic feel.

“Misty Morning” Digital Art by Charles Wolf.
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I have two more pieces to show you (even better than these), but I will hold onto those for a future post – so be sure to check back next Tuesday to see them! I hope you enjoyed seeing my digital art. Have a fantastic artistic week, and I will be back on Thursday with a new Fall Photo Set so don’t miss it!


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