Thursday, March 30, 2006

How I do my Thang

I've decided to post a sort of step by step thing of how I coloured my Angel & the Dragon picture. Keep in mind it's more of a "how I did it" more than a tutorial.

I started out by doing a quick sketch of the Angel on the tree in Photoshop. I do this because I find that by doing the rough stuff first I can get the pose right along with the composition and whatnot easier than by going straight into the image with colour. If I start out doing a piece with colour I tend to make things look stiff. That's just my inexperience with the medium though. Plenty of people create beautiful pieces by getting right into the colour at the beginning.

I then save the image and load up Open Canvas. I like Open Canvas for digital painitng better than photoshop because of the watercolour tool. The watercolour tool in Open Canvas really has a nice feel to it that I've grown comfortable with over the years... But anyway I set the image to multiply layer and colour the lines I have. At this stage the colouring is rough. This is because I am trying to figure what looks nice and what doesn't colourwise.

After I have everything coloured the way I want it I flatten the image so no more layers. Everything is on one layer now. I go over all the black lines with the water colour tool to give it a more painterly look. This part is tedious but rewarding :D

Now technically the piece could have been finished but I decided to add a dragon in there to make things more interesting.

After getting all that done I put it in a nice little frame and adjusted the colour balance because I felt the colours could have been stronger.

So there you go. That's how I do my thang.


brockorama said...

DAAAYUM! I can't get open canvas to do that for me! Great colors man. That dragon does a lot of sit-ups.

Blainer said...

Awesome, G-man. I love that pic. It's so nice, and full. The angel is pretty hot, and the dragon is awesome. Good job.


Mommo said...

Neat seeing the steps. At the end I can't decide if I like the stronger or softer version of the colours. They're both great.

Jinny said...

Beautiful painting Garrett =) It's nice of you to show your steps you've taken to develop this piece.. haha.. I should try using Opencanvas again and see if I can get control over its watercolour tool ^^;;~~

rupesh said...

Nice .... very nice !!