Friday, 15 December 2017

Shift Art ten day challenge #3



The object of the challenge was to read the tutorial and be inspired by, or emulate the steps.  Assets were provided however I decided to do a Poser model and work from that.

I really enjoyed this tutorial, I don't feel as bad as a week or so ago now because I have learned (and remembered) so much.  I was really struggling then because it has been so long since I played with my software, feeling so much more confident now.

Today I learned properly how to use layer masks and merge layers (the background was two individual images), did some more selective colouring so I can match different hues to each other, using the quick selection tool to more advantage, how to add properties for fine tuning and add a gradient to make subtle changes.  I also added a vignette, which I don't usually, which added another dimension altogether.

Happy day today.

My final image.



Day 3


https://shiftart.com/tutorials/warrior-princess-marco-escobedo/







Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Shift Art ten day challenge #2





The object of the challenge was to read the tutorial and be inspired by, or emulate the steps.  Assets were provided however I decided to do a Poser model and work from that.

I was worn out doing this one, my computer wasn't at all happy with all the layers in Photoshop and it took me six or seven hours to do this tutorial.  I was disappointed with the final outcome of the glass cracks on her skin, although her leg was starting to come up really well.

I learned a lot and will definitely do something similar in the future but without the pressure and more time to do it carefully, but I started to get the hang of it all.  A lot of time was taken up extracting the rocks from their jpg background but I saved them now as png's for future use.

I learned how to group layers into tidy and easy to access areas, use layer masks because I had forgotten so much, how to do layer selective colour and use masks to lighten/darken areas, how to brighten up a background in select areas, ie behind the head, how to colour between the glass pieces to resemble deep cracks in her skin, I don't know why the colour of the glass didn't match her skin as that was what I originally had, and the resulting whole image is too dark and she was pink, but yes given more time would fix these little problems.  I was worn out as I said earlier and it was tea time lol. 

Here is my final image.



day 2


https://shiftart.com/tutorials/smokey-eye-by-marcela-bolivar/










Shift Art ten day challenge #1



The object of the challenge was to read the tutorial and be inspired by, or emulate the steps.  Assets were provided however I decided to do a Poser model and work from that.

I learned how to select hair in channels, how to place lens flares on separate layers. I didn't follow the hair selections as I wanted the red hair, not the mono image of the tutorial.
I found the tutorial a challenge in itself, I have forgotten so much and there has been so many advanced changes in Photoshop.

Here is my final image.

Finding my way


https://shiftart.com/tutorials/strength-caroline-julia-moore/




Sunday, 10 December 2017

Tips



How to use a clipping mask

Put your image above and clip it to the mask (hover between the layers and press Alt to get the clipping icon).  Because the masks are PNG, the white bits are invisible and when you clip your image, only the black parts will show the image.






Friday, 17 November 2017

Shift Art Challenge - November



Another group I belong to holds a monthly artistic challenge, providing a selection of images to choose from so we can mix, match and design to our hearts content to create a piece of art.  We also use our own resources.

Generally there are restrictions, for example using at least three images and using a combination of the images provided, and there must be a major theme using a particular image.

"In Flight"
was my image for November challenge.
Because of internet problems I was unable to submit it into the challenge but I really did enjoy the working out of my compilation.



In Flight


As I chose my images to include, the first one to catch my eye was the wooden carving of the adult and young child.  My thoughts were to create a scene reminiscent of the snippets I have heard and pictures I have seen of townspeople fleeing their bombed cities



Starting at the beginning ... again




After a start - and a stop - and a few half hearted attempts to start again, the coast is clear and I can now restart my ambition to become a serious digital artist, using the tools of a course I joined 18 months ago.

Today I've been able to go back to the very beginning, take notes and I will be practicing and practicing and by this time next year I will be very proficient and proud to call myself a digital artist.

so...... stay tuned for my latest bits and pieces of art, be they samples, writings, pure play, whatever delights I create.


My journey.