Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Monochrome Cowboy

I decided to try using a monochromatic color scheme for a painting this week. I just started randomly sketching this cowboy out in photoshop and decided to paint him in shades of yellow-orange to give that sunset feel. It was interesting playing around with the temperature of the hue by pushing it towards yellow or red. I'm pleased with the way it came out although some spots made need a little more refinement.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

A Robot and Custom Shape Sketches

Last week I made this piece to experiment with edges. The composition was odd to work with, but it helped me use hard and soft edges to create a focal point. I tried to play with leaving the background abstract, but I feel I may have left it a little too messy.

This week I found a new technique using custom shapes to paint and create quick compositions on the forums. I decided to try my hand at it, so I went out and took some photos of the random half built and rusted out machines lying around my dad's farm. I silhouetted and combined them to make some scifi shapes to use with the custom shape tool in photoshop. By using the custom shape tool you're given more control over the size, proportions and placement of the shapes than the brush tool, it's easy to throw together some quick compositions like the one I did below in about 10 minutes.

Also by utilizing multiple layers it's easy to paint into the shapes while still maintaining their edge with the transparency lock on. I did these value sketches to experiment with the different shapes. I spent about 20-45 minutes on each one.