I would say for the purposes of this thread, ditch the B+W sketch as fast as possible. That's fine for figuring out overall composition, but the focus here is just on developing texture and form and lighting on simple objects. You've got the composition figured out...I say either paint over or hide the lines at this point. Then just blend, blend, blend, adding new colors into the mix and always paying close attention to the direction and quality of the light. Use contrast to build hard edges where you want 'em, but don't be afraid to let some of them melt away a little, too.
Another thing you may want to do, just to give the final product a little more punch and realism, is darken the cast shadow where it gets close to the veggies. Shadows tend to get darker near the objects that cast them as more and more of the ambient light that's bouncing around the scene gets blocked.
Thanks so much for making this thread! First time I've ever drawn/painted in photoshop, so I'm feeling rather pleased with myself. Although I was a bit confused with the coloring and rendering, can anyone offer up any tips for how to do all that properly?
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Can somewon please help me and explain alittle bit about blending and maybe how to do it. wich tool oppacity? how manny layers etc! i would really appreciate it. This is what i got atm.. its my first photoshop piece ever! so dont be to harsh also its only 4 layers i dont know if this is enough or if i should put way more layers on it
any its my first digital painting so i think i did good enough (if im correct hiih)
The layers thing is TOTALLY up to you, MickvanElk. There are amazing artists on both sides of the issue. Some think you literally can never have too many layers...others are almost compulsive about avoiding layers, and even if they do need to use a layer for something, they'll flatten it down as soon as they're done with it. There are advantages to both approaches...layers allow to you preserve edges really easily so you can paint behind things, but the more of them you have, the harder it is to keep track of which one you're supposed to be painting on. You just have to figure out what works for you, and it's okay if that changes over time. Personally, I would probably just use one layer for a piece like this. Maybe two - one for the fruit, one for the background and shadow. But again, just do whatever works for you.
There's a little more of an exact science to the blending, though. According to the technique that this thread explores, you want to lay down relatively opaque areas of color with a simple, hard-edged circular brush. Then you blend by turning down the opacity (but not the hardness of the edge) and sampling colors from the areas you're blending. The more you pick colors from within the painting and run them into each other with low-opacity brushes, the more those colors are going to blend together...but they won't look like you just smeared 'em into each other. Looks painterly.
@datamseister thanks verry much ! i asked a guy from my art school for some help and he noticed i had my hardness on 0% when i made this fruit piece xD haha so that was all wrong. guess im gonna make a second one with all the tips ive gotten so far ! cheers
Well here is my humble contribution since I have not yet! This is officially my 3rd ever finished digital painting...I have tonnes of unfinished but very few that I see to the end (bad Habit) I'm pleased with this result!
after a couple of years of inactivity here´s my little contribution to this amazing thread.
ps. sorry if the image is to big, i can´t get it to have the correct size
ps2. nvm i think i got it
ps3. updated appel
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First post here after admiring the work and getting eager about trying the exercise.
My thanks to bumskee for setting up the thread.
o0Dave0o - Nice onion :]. I like how you got that bright yellow/green to work and the top and bottom bits, which I thought were quite difficult, look good. The shadow seems a little strange - how it 'glows' close to the onion and how it appears soft and hard-edged on the left side, all at once.
Early experiments in painting - a(n) [Jazz!] apple I did before being reminded of this thread. Then the still life I tried the next day, changing how I approached the painting and the tools used.
Comments and critiques very welcome
I thought I'd start here.
I haven't really fooled too much around in Photoshop, but I figured it's one of those necessary evils
I'm having a bit of an issue making things either too muddied (Monster can) or wayy too 'sketchy' looking (apple). I can't seem to find the happy middle :/ any pointers?
Also, this is my first post
My first post here and first finished digital painting not sure if I doing either correct
This thread got me to start painting in Photoshop :-) Not that I paint with anything else at the moment...
This was my first try and my best:
This is my latest, damn that fuzzy blanket. I cannot paint it.
It took me like three hours to finish the shading on your upper lip. It's probably the best drawing I've ever done.
My sketchbook (it'll get good near the end)
I didnt have any fruit so i just did peanut butter.
Hi! This was my first attempt, I could never figure out a good method for painting in Photoshop until I found this thread.
Unfortunately, I accidentally saved over my second painting stage, which I honestly preferred over the finished piece. Anyway, here it is.
This is my first post and my first attempt in digital painting.
I will love to have some feedback from you guys. Your critiques will be my chance to improve.
Here we go:
Can someone explain to me how to "blend"? Is it jsut smudging or is there something more?
nice digital paintings
I'll tear into something more interesting in the near future. (BTW, my two year old did not think there was any reason for me to spend more time with the last apple. LOL. As it was the focus of my attention, it became the focus of hers, however, the quality of it's beauty held little value compared to it's edibility.)
Just got my first tablet, and here's my latest attempts at making an apple.
Like it says in the pic, it's hard to be precise with this thing. The tablet is so much smaller than my screen, which makes every lil' shake of the hand magnify ten-fold. Drawing straight lines is rough, meaning I can't rely nearly as much on drawing as I'm used to.
Now it makes sense why so many digital artists work tonally, and why they work at 5x size and scale things down! I hope I can get a bit more control over my lines, or this tablet's gonna send me sulking back to my ink and watercolors. :)
P.S. Technically this doesn't belong, since I'm using Painter Essentials instead of Photoshop, but technique wise it's really all the same... or at least it seems so to me.
-My work can be found at my local directory thread.
My first attempt at digital painting. I didn't have an apple at the time, but I did have a banana. The picture isn't very descriptive, but neither was the subject, so I guess I was kinda stuck there. Overall, I'm satisfied with this as a first. Only way from here is forward!
Three stages: Sketch, Basic Color, Detail
A'ight, another tablet attempt. Sunflower this time, something with a lil' more detail and with that a whole host of new issues.
Colors are really 'meh', but oh well that's kinda secondary to what I'm doing right now. Reducing the size to 50% really helps things look better. Blending with digital is a joy, it's easy to do and gives great results, but detail and drawing work is frustrating compared to the control I'm used to with pen & paper.
The only way I can think of for doing detail work nicely with a tablet is if I literally work at something like 400% or more size so that even the finest lines are huge chasms. Is that what digital artists do? I know it's typical to work large and shrink the image, but I always thought that was just a lil' trick to make the image look sharp... not a necessity.
-My work can be found at my local directory thread.
Rawr! This thread makes me hungry!
But seriously, I need to figure out photoshop. I don't get it. Maybe I will. I'm a painter/sai person at heart.
I follow the ConceptArt.org long time and I felt very good this topic. Here's my attempt.
i amquite scared of the times I spend by making such a small things, I know, I should hurry but I can't help myself and I'm afraid that it will be longer.
I don't have a tablet yet (in the mail!!) but was inspired by this thread.
This is in pastel. I still used the same method that's been shown here
1. sketch outline
2. block in color.
3. smear to blend.
my reference apple was actually a lot rounder, but my sketch book was tilted away from me so it messed with the proportions. hmm... anyone else have this problem when drawing?
also, I sprayed it with hairspray and it made the colors pop more/ more contrast-y