Another Reilly's Thing
Fine piece of line-art Reilly put out. This is actually my second attempt at coloring this, but the first was going nowhere quick. As it stands, I think I made the lighting a bit too dramatic (I will learn subtlety... someday), and the blur effect was entirely superfluous. Overall, I think it came out pretty well, though.
Painter 6 and Photoshop. About an hour.
Lineart - Reilly
Colors - Me, and a computer that did all the hard stuff.
Updated: Extraneous blur removed.
Last edited by KuriosD; 09-12-2004 at 11:59 PM.
Not bad, but the blurs aren't really necessary and everything feels too airbrushy. I'm not sure, but it also looks like the dodge tool might be being used. If so, don't use the dodge tool to render.
Actually, no dodge tool used. Thanks though... I usually avoid the use of dodge or burn on colored works because of their tendency to change colors in (mostly) unexpected ways.
The lighting work was done with painter 6's glow brush, which I'm still getting a hang on. I've seen people do some absolutely awesome work with it, but I'm obviously not on that level yet.
Last edited by KuriosD; 09-13-2004 at 12:02 AM.
I love the burn tool, but I hate the dodge tool! lol
Looks good for an hours worth! its a really dark piece and you did lighting that fits it for sure, I also like all the highlights on individual rock pieces, Id probably be too lazy to do that lol .
Spooko - Thanks! I'm actually just the opposite (I like dodge, but not burn so much). I try to constrain both of them to grayscale layers, though. Otherwise they start doing weird crap (especially burn). Looking at this piece, I'm mostly just bothered by how smooth he came out... I gotta start putting some effort into learning how to texture, I think.
You know about the texture thing I dont know what program your using but if its photoshop there are so many ways to go about adding texture, now if your a brush only type of guy (which I think is foolish and will explain in a few lines down why) the best way is to blow your picture up alot and use a very small brush, I always do things 300 dpi or higher , now with photoshop it is such a wonderful tool theres many ways to add a texture and stonelike the thing type of texture probably being the easiest, dont ever be fooled by people who would tell you using filters is wrong, the key here is using a filter and leaving it be is wrong but if you go into edti>fade all your problems are solved , besides on a technical level a brush stroke can be faded using the fade tool, so even it is in essence a filter , just another thing is I personally hate coloring drawings like the one of the thing, with such heavy inking how are you going to be able to show off all your mad skillz BOooyyyeeee? Digital Painting is great but never be scared to use the tools given to you if it will help the piece be stronger .
I feel ya... Honestly, I'm doing most things with brushes at the moment, but I'm not entirely stuck on any specific style or technique. The first time I worked in color at all was in late June this year (like 2 months ago), so I'm still entirely a newbie. This is probably about the 15th thing I've done, so I'm more than green right now.
On the matter of filters... I'm not afraid of them per se, but they have a dangerous potential for both over-use and inelegant use. Without practice and some thought, they often end up being gimmicks, and only after practice turn into techniques. I haven't turned any in techniques (yet), but I have been using a couple as gimmicks.
I'm using Painter 8, Painter 6 and Photoshop. I'm starting to do more of my work in Photoshop, but that's pretty recent (just the past couple weeks). Mostly, I've been learning from the Gnomon dvds, which I highly recommend.
As for the piece... Yeah, it's not a great place to show of skillz. It was a striking image, and one that looked like it'd be fun to work with. Honestly, I'm having some trouble finding line-art that's inspiring at the moment, but I'm definitely up to take on some more interesting pieces.
I'm gonna start quizzing you for technique more... There's definitely some specific things you've pulled off that I'm interested in how you got to them.
I write too damned much. Peace!
Its cool, go right ahead I have been using photoshop for about 3 years now and used to only make abstract or graphicy type stuff, then in about may I started digital paiting so Im kind of new to it too!