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  06 June 2006
as advised me pap87, i post here some steps of a recent still-life-study
hope you'll like it...

here the final version
  06 June 2006

Tibor, Tascha, Twisteums, Acantarel, thanks for those fantastic posts.
  06 June 2006
wow great thread! Thanks everyone some awsome tut's
  06 June 2006
awesome stuff , peoples!

ACantarel, that was a great timewarp, end result rocks ;

Kyena's pic looks too cool to begin with, boo ;

twisteums.. i habitually get somewhere around pic 4 with my stuff,
pic 7, i dunno where dat comes from

  07 July 2006
Thanks for the insight, everyone. :)

I was asked by a couple of people about the brushes I used for my latest speedpainting; so I'm cross-posting this from my sketch & WIP thread.

The full piece:

A close-up, so that you can see what's going on:

The leaves were rendered in roughly three stages.

For the basic folliage I used one of the custom photoshop leaf-shaped brushes. I decreased its roundness at about 20-something%; Slightly angled. Size jitter is optional; minimum size diameter at 30-40% angle jitter around 10%. Scattering, both axes, ca. 250-300%. Other Dynamics: Opacity and Flow at Pen Pressure. All these values can vary of course.

I went on erasing and blurring some of the edges here and there to remove the stamped like effect; I next switched to Painter, where I used the Pepper Spray from the Airbrush menu, with the feature slightly increased (so as to have larger specks). I kept my pen tilted so as to have a larger spread. This was used relatively sparingly and I erased a lot of it once I came back to Photoshop.

(50% original size)

Photoshop again, blending in; not just black or dark colours now, but also colours I picked from the sky and environment, or intermediate tones. The brush is a standard hard round brush, roundness decreased at about 50%, slightly angled. I changed the angle several times while painting -- this was the same with the leaf-shaped one. Size jitter about 30% (Control: Pen Pressure), Angle jitter 14% (Control: Off), Scatter: both axes, ca. 500%; Other Dynamics: Opacity and Flow at Pen Pressure. Again, I'd periodically adjust these, especially scattering.

Hope this is clear enough. :)

Last edited by eilidh : 07 July 2006 at 06:56 AM.
  07 July 2006

uhm, i was supposed to get something for this thread as well, but I can now see
that theres nooooo purpose with that... would only make
this thread look funny and unserious lol

Very nice work guys, thanks alot for shareing!

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  07 July 2006
Thanks for the nice words
twisteums: just great! I was really surprised when I saw how sketchy the first step is I would start with a very detailed line drawing which consumes too much time

  07 July 2006
Thumbs up

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  07 July 2006
twisteums: om my.. that is photorealistic dude!! amazing..

heres my progress:

and heres the final painting:

Hope you like it..
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  08 August 2006

nice stuff here!

well a bit older w.i.p. but I think it works anyway...
  08 August 2006
Beautifull WIPs guys
Sasha - that's a really great idea to to start this thread
Tascha - I've got to say - I don't paint as wonderfully as you - but I have to say I have some pretty similar problems and habbits while painting. I do too focus on the face while painting, I have trouble adjusting colours so I do it with the help of HSB sliders, I love freckless and the depth-blurr effect Will you be posting Red Queen on DA as a separate, finished piece?

  08 August 2006
Great thread. I love the workflow.

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  09 September 2006
wow, i can't believe i only just discovered this thread. i'll be watching!
makes me realise just how erratic and disorganised my own process is, but hey i'm sure practice makes perfect!
  09 September 2006
Hi guys. My little contribute to this fantastic thread.
This one it's based on Daryl Mandryk's 'random' tecnique. Some other Cgtalkers asked me to share the process and this is The Thread to share it.


1. In Photoshop, open new canvas and set to 72 dpi (easy to control big brushstrokes)
2. with a big brush start to blobbing and scribbling randomly...
3. ....searching for intersting shapes...

4. Sculpting and carving shapes with eraser and brushes (big brushes)WITHOUT ZOOMING in and out.
5. Blockin' shapes with layer mask. Separate background, foreground, midground.

6. Defining the focus point (here the sky's highlights its my focal point).

Here I upsized the canvas to 300 dpi

7. Tweaking colors and shaping the midground with speedy brushstrokes and the same sketchy approach...

8,9,10 detailing.

  09 September 2006
wow, nice step-by-step "tutorial"!!
it helped me very much. thank you!
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