Here We Go #dance #digitalart #lestwins #hbcreative (Taken with GifBoom)
WIP (for those who are interested …I’m pretty sure I might have left some details out, but feel free to ask me :) )
I started with a blank canvas sized 1024 x 768 @300ppi (believe it or not I usually work much larger)
imported the color scheme I was thinking of using and then locked the layer
added a new layer and then filled it with the first color from my swatch (there is no special reason why I started with this color…I just hate looking at the white/blank canvas …it irks me for some reasons #dontjudgeme )
at this point I just begin adding brush strokes, splats and patterns to add some texture (again, no particular reasons or order that I use to select the brushes I’m just building up the texture and I want it to feel very organic…)
after laying down various brush strokes I used a stencil to keep the central area from being completely covered, I know that by the end of the painting I want to incorporate some energy rings and a radial halftone …so keeping this area from being covered will help out later on
[SN: The stencils in ArtRage are fanfriggin tastic! They behave just like stencils behave when used with tradition medium…I Love them!]
I didn’t like the color of the stencil layer, but rather than repaint it I just changed the blending mode to color dodge…which brightened things quite a bit…I like!
at this point I felt like I had a good starting point, so I imported the radial halftone I mentioned earlier and set the blending mode to color doge and merged all the current layers (if your wondering if I save a copy with the individual layers…the answer is NO! I know that working digitally affords you the use of cmd+Z, but I try my best not to use it on these type of images…it makes it more exciting and most often the mistakes end up becoming the best parts)
at this point I roughly sketch out the pose…and when I say roughly I mean ROUGHLY! My goal is to indicate position and movement, I try to avoid any details at this stage
first I rough out the skeleton, then with a sloppy/sketchy brush I loosely indicate the form…again I avoid details because on the next step I go back to being messy :)
using those two roughs as a guide I then grab a few of my saved splatters, drips and brush strokes…I try to find strokes that closely match parts of the body, the hair or that follow the lines of the form and then I begin importing them and arrange them until I can began to see some resemblance to the form/pose that I will be painting (in the case of paintings of dancers like #les_twins I like using lots of splatters, drips and swirls for some strange reason those seem to communicate the energy and rhythm of dance
having made a big enough mess…I mean now that I have enough splatters and drips, I make the background layer visible and from this point I will begin adding another layer that I will paint on and build up the form using a partially loaded palette knife I will continue to build it up until there is enough information there to indicate a dancer…but just enough to make you keep looking…I want it to be more loose and organic than photorealistic
[SN: the palette knife is one of my favorite tools when working with traditional mediums and thanks to #ArtRage it is also my favorite digital tool to use]
Work in progress… (working on this in between client work, I managed to snap a few screen shots from blank canvas up to this point. If your interested in seeing if there is a method to my madness, reblog this with a comment and I’ll post those shots and let you judge for yourself :) )
Listening to Music and getting my hands dirty…this is my therapy.
SN: I found it interesting that my playlist shuffled to this particular song while I was working on this painting…I promise I didn’t plan it.
SN2: The Pallet Knife is my go to tool of choice…it’s perfect for that layered on texturized look I’m a geek for 😁
We Like to MOVE IT!! (Taken with GifBoom)
Happy Birthday to The Dynamic Duo aka Les Twins
You are the king in my book…your drawings/paintings/designs of them have SOOOOOOOOOOO much life and energy…love it!
:) thanks terrilikes2draw I’m flattered! I’m still trying to fine tune my “style” but it’s encouraging when my work is appreciated!! If the Les Twins fans keep showing me this kind of love…I guess I’ll keep making more of these ;)
da dada dada dadada Batkid!
…here’s the full/un-chopped version of my latest “big pic” It made my day when I first saw the story of how the City of San Francisco transformed into Gotham City, complete with bad guys and citizens in need of saving…all to fulfill the wish of a brave little 5 year old kid, Miles Scott desired to be Batman for a day! you can read more about it here Batkid Saves the Day!
Give this pic a caption… (another experiment with #artrage…it needs a clever caption…go ahead and give it one)
This as an oil painting…..I would need it on my wall.
…seriously I’m still waiting on someone to give this a witty caption