Sunday, August 10, 2014

TGIF

I have in mind to paint a Florida wetland area.  I started blocking the color and shape with Twisted Brush, using a personal reference for the sky (thanks to my cousin Iris). 

BLOCKING (Twisted Brush Pro)
I usually try to stay with one software, but besides using Twisted Brush Pro Studio,  I went "software wild" and  also implemented  Corel Painter Lite, Photoshop Element 10 and SBP 6.  

From blocking in the colors, I saved the work in a .psd format and finished painting the sky with Corel Painter Lite.

FINISHED SKY (Corel Painter Lite)
Once finished with the sky, I was ready to paint the "wetlands".  I copied the sky and flipped it vertically on the next layer to reflect water.  I stared at the scene before me and started thinking about other scenarios, what if?

I took the layers into SBP6 (Sketchbookpro 6) and thought of  adding a sailboat and changing the scene into an ocean.

SBP6, using a reference from Morguefile.com
As the painting progressed, I thought, wouldn't it be cool to add a city skyline, leaving for the weekend, thereby calling it...TGIF

I added the plane taking off (with part of an airfield):

TGIF or Leaving On A Jet Plane

WIP4 (TB program)


TGIF 2014 final
 Guess I will paint Florida Wetlands another time :).

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Glass and Light Study

In between painting/sketching, I am still in the process of studying and practicing to paint light, glass and an atmosphere of ambiance.  At this moment,  my software of choice is Sketchbook Pro 6 with a reference (a free photo)  from morguefile.com.

Below is a WIP (work-in-progress).  I've drawn the glass containers, using the mirror and ellipse tools to define a reasonable "jar" or candle holder.  They are all on different layers.  If a mistake is made or if I change my mind, I can always delete it without restarting the entire scene or painting.


WIP1
I've finished the large candle holder, changed it here and there.  I've started working on the second candle holder and I haven't got it right yet.  I changed the candle color, because the yellowish/gold had an almost "poached egg" look to it...whoa!  Also it needs more highlights..and probably "something else"!  I'm giving it a rest for awhile and come back to it. :)

WIP2

August 6: I have a couple of updates WIP3 & 4.  I'm not sure if it's good, but I will keep trying.  In WIP 3, I finished the 3rd candle holder, added reflections and some "dust".  In WIP 4, I changed the style of the glass and still in the process of being worked on.  Hopfully the next upload is the finished product.

WIP 3
WIP 4

Final. I placed bottles in the background, but didn't want to draw attention to them, I darkened and blurred them out.  This was an interesting study and I'm back to the "drawing board" :).

Glass and Light Study 2014



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