Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Speed paints suck

Can someone explain to me the point of speed paints? Just to clarify, I'm talking about sped up videos of the painting process, not the valid practice of painting a piece in an hour or less. It seems that the speed paint is solely an exercise in flaunting ones skill while making the creation of it seem effortless. Most of them are just stupid. You can sum up most youtube speed paints as "Hey, I can draw stuff in photoshop and I've got awesome music tastes too!" I can see the usefulness of time lapse in the creation of something truly arduous like the creation of a mosaic or a Tibetan sand mandala, but to post a video of you making some dude/chick/robot/monster in photoshop/painter is just lame. I'm sure it did take hours to make, but so what. Are people truly that starved for attention? I'm not trying to harsh on the artistic ability of anyone that does make these things, some of them are truly impressive, it's just that there isn't anything pedagogical about them. You can't read any text because the resolution is so low, it's difficult to follow the usage of tools because any changes made are faster than eye blinks and on top of it there is usually some crap music accompaniment. On top of all these things sometimes the video is cropped so that you can't see the toolset or the menu items being accessed. If I watch another speed paint it will be too soon. I just had to get this off my chest once and for all.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Swordgirl: Enter the Flow

This is something I did recently after I made a major discovery in photoshop. I used to change the opacity of my brushes when attempting to blend colors. The problem with lowering the opacity is that you have to make successively layered strokes, lifting the sylus off the tablet each time, in order to build the color back up to 100%. What I recently discovered is to not lower opacity but to lower the flow, all the while keeping the opacity at 100%. Using this technique I can now effortlessly blend colors in a much more naturalistic way. This is a major game changer for me. Did I say game changer? God, I'll be glad when this presidential race is over.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Quick Sketch Class

I've been fortunate to be able to sit in on my friend/mentor/teacher Tim Decker's quick sketch class this semester. It's been a loooong time since I've sat in a live model class. So I'm milking this for as much as I can. It keeps up the pencil mileage and forces me to really look and analyze. I will try to make this a weekly post, as the class is every Friday. Here are some selections from the last two classes I sat in on.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Nekkid Eva

I'm still working on this guy. I'm having problems with the crotch area, I just thought I should post some pics since I haven't posted anything in a good while.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

30 Days - Work

I meant to post images of my submissions a long time ago. The problem was that I got really busy and I forgot all about it. So here are the things I've done so far. I didn't get anything up until the sixth day due to our move.

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...and that's it. I missed day 30 due to beers getting in my way. All in all I like the kooky things I did for this and I could feel myself getting more and more comfortable with my ever developing working process.