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  05 May 2002
Newbie : Glass study

About 4 years ago, I actually used to be pretty good at traditional art...
I really wanted to start up again - This is my first serious attempt at using Photoshop for handdrawn artwork.
Two hours later, and this results:

What on earth possessed me to try glass, I have no idea. It turned out to be pretty tricky.
It's a bit messy. I'd like to put that one down to my own individual style, but I suspect it's more likely a newbie attempt to cover up errors. If you've got any tips on how to avoid being messy, let me know...

I must admit, it didn't look anything nearly as interesting as this until 15 minutes ago, when I started hacking around with channel ops and equalizers. It's about 500% more vibrant now

Anyway - gimme crits. I wanna know everything that's wrong with it.

[EDIT: Interesting... What color palette do I have to put photoshop in so that it looks identical in IE?]

[EDIT Mrk II : Nevermind. I was comparing them on different monitors.]

Last edited by Catfish : 05 May 2002 at 11:41 PM.
  05 May 2002
If you want to keep things tidy, remember, lots of layers and use layer masks. This will help you get sharp, crisp edges.
Having said that, I don't think this drawing would benefit from sharp, crisp edges. It has a nice charm to it as it is.
No, seriously, what the hell is a puddlefish?
  05 May 2002
Hehe, I didn't know that photoshop had a raytracer.
Nice work. I would suggest distorting that white form a little more, rather than just blurring it.
  05 May 2002
Hmm...thanks for the crits. Maybe I'll try my next one at huge resolution, to reduce the scale of the messyness...
Puddlefish - like your current challenge. How were the first sketches done? Are they in photoshop or on paper?
  05 May 2002
They're all Photoshop from scratch with an Intuous 2 Wacom.
No, seriously, what the hell is a puddlefish?
  05 May 2002
Is that your working resolution? Could I see a sample of the full resolution?

[EDIT: Ah. Found this:
Quote: 10,000 pixels square,

Hmmm...that's quite big. Maybe a small section of a sample then?
Thinking about it, this is decidedly off topic. Maybe I should move to your challenge thread. ]

Last edited by Catfish : 05 May 2002 at 11:18 AM.
  05 May 2002
Could you post a version BEFORE you started to fiddle with the channels and equalizers ? please ? please ?
  05 May 2002
Erk. It's pretty plain looking...but...oh what the hell. Here you go. Start the mocking.

  05 May 2002
As i thought : i like the one before the equalizing better, the equalized version is somewhat too "rainbow-ish" for me. Wich program did u use to do this ? Or is it real material ?
  01 January 2006
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