Monday, June 25, 2012

Self-portrait (3/4 Lighting)

Yaaay more art!

Self portrait blarrghghgksdfj! I used photoshop and a trusty-ole mirror. I'm a big believer that before you can create crazy awesome mind-bending work from your imagination, you need to be able to hone your observational skills. I don't like taking pictures of myself so I'm not going to upload one so you can compare but I worked really hard on the likeness for this so you'll have to take my word for it that it does look like me xD

This is kind of what I started out with before I began putting in a lot of details. This is a technique that my CG teacher taught us. Basically what I'm doing is I'm putting down the base value first and really making sure I'm getting the values right before I worry about anything like blending and making it look "real." By blocking in the values like this, I also prevent myself from making things to blendy and soft-looking later. Many beginners have the problem with their paintings where it feels like we're viewing the painting through a blurry lens. Soft and hard edges are very important!!! 

So this is what my layers look like in photoshop. 1 for the base values, detail blending on face, detail blending on hair and my glasses. There's a couple of other layers not shown for my palette, and some safety duplicates of the layers and the background but yeah! Hope you like it :)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

First Post!

I did a bunch of caricatures on these old mugshots. I did these about a month ago and it's pretty crazy how much I've improved since then but still a good exercise to have done. This was actually an exercise for my CG class.

I got feedback from my TA in that class and she let me know that right now, they look more like clay than being made out of skin and bones so recently I've been trying to pay more attention to that.  Stay tuned for more work!