Studio Ghibli type BG painting, how?

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Old 09 September 2013   #1
Studio Ghibli type BG painting, how?

If any of you have seen studio ghibli movies, you must have seen their beautifully painted backgrounds, they are so serene and beautiful, I was thinking if they can be made using photoshop by digital painting? for example the watercolored trees and plants etc...please help me with can i get that kind of effect by digi painting

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Old 09 September 2013   #2
I see a lot of concept guys in my studio use extra brushes to give their digital painting that traditional look at the end... I suppose it's possible with some training and finding the right brush, but, to mimic Ghibli's style... that's quite a challange. Maybe easier with painter... or you might want to try Paintool Sai, it's a very popular Japanese painting app.

If you haven't, check out Kazuo Oga's art book. He's Ghibli's background painter.

There are images showing his work desk and it's full of pencils, brushes, canvas and tons of color tubes. The guy is very passionate with drawing environments, the art book shows tons of his pencil sketches and they are simply breathe-takin.

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Old 09 September 2013   #3
Team Fortress 2 is heavily influenced by Ghibli's work. You might want to check out their extensive Making-Of videos.
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Old 09 September 2013   #4
There's also dvd about him and his stuff, very amazing.
Old 09 September 2013   #5
Originally Posted by reynold: There's also dvd about him and his stuff, very amazing.

Oh nice link. Thanks!
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Old 09 September 2013   #6
what is he using gouache? casein?
and it doesn't look like very thick paper.
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Old 09 September 2013   #7
Painter does a good job of replicating the look of traditional media.
Old 09 September 2013   #8
I believe it's gouache for the thicker colors and acrylic for the lighter tones such as sky.
Old 09 September 2013   #9
He uses a type of poster paint which is only manufactured in Japan with varying amounts of water mixed in.
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Old 09 September 2013   #10
Arbitrage is also great when it.comes to mimicking real media. And another advice don't pick colour with the colour picker. Mix the paints yourself.
Old 09 September 2013   #11
You can paint that style in just Photoshop, if you have the painting chops and experiment with the right kind of brushes. Traditionally, anime backgrounds are done with painting workflow that's similar to gouache, so there isn't that much wet-on-wet--it's mostly layering, which is how you paint in Photoshop anyways.
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