Menipus, Stephen Hooper (2D)

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  05 May 2009
Menipus, Stephen Hooper (2D)

Title: Menipus
Name: Stephen Hooper
Country: United Kingdom
Software: Photoshop

Created using my A3 Wacom tablet and Photoshop.

I was doodling some curves and ended up drawing an octopus. Having him stretch a poor little fish was fun to draw, and evokes empathy in the viewer, hopefully.

I created this 2D image as I would a 3D render by creating different layers, fill light, key light and shadow pass. I also tried to keep overlapping forms on different layers, so I could paint on them more freely. This allowed me to balance things out, and experiment with different blend modes and colour palettes. Eventually I merged the layers down to a single background and single foreground layer, then worked from there. I merged the line drawing into the foreground layer then eventually painted it out, which was a pain. Think next time I'll leave the line drawing on a separate layer.

I tried to give the image depth with geometric and atmospheric perspective. I'm thinking mainly back depth rather than down depth, not that you really have atmosphere underwater, but I hope you get my drift. ;).

The background was composited from different photo elements, which I then ran through Photoshop's Paint Daubs filter. I also did a little over-painting work on the background fish, to give them more character.

Hope you enjoy this image.

Comments and critique are welcome.
  05 May 2009
Thumbs up

very creative work, love the style.
  05 May 2009
great job!sO fUn!
  05 May 2009
hehe..pity the fishy..good funny piece..i like it
- Prithvi Chandra -
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  05 May 2009
Thank you very much for the positive feedback, it's much appreciated.

I'm very happy you liked my work, and I wish you all the best.
  05 May 2009
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