I became interested in making digital arts when i first came across a photo edited thru Adobe Photoshop. It was back the Friendster days when I met someone making a good use of the software and all I thought was they’re making incredibly interesting things out of it. The software is extremely expensive for normal use so i opted for either a trial version or a cheaper product. I didn’t had a pen tablet as well so i practiced using tools i have.
This is an example of a lineart i created traditionally. I drew i using a pen and paper,scanned it and poof! got it opened in the software for coloring and editing. i used several filter effects to make colors blend with each other, i kept the lineart on the background and all the colors are Multiplied on top of the lineart itself.
I was then trying to make up my own cartoon heroes. My drawing skills aren’t superb so i only came up with simple poses,simple costumes and my ideas of the characters aren’t as unique as compared to those we’ve all known. If you’re going to ask me about the names of the characters ive made, Well never decided on that. LOL.
As you can see, the base colors came first, I think most people would do the same thing. The darker and lighter shades would follow on top of another layer depending on the direction of the light. This is where some science applies. You will make the dimensions of the parts of the picture based on how you colored it. You make an illusion a part of the image is nearer if the color is brighter than its background, something like that, I’m not really sure If im making sense. LOL. Its always important to me to always make a new layer for each changes and parts i make since there is a limited time you can Undo the things you’ve already made.
I really didn’t opt to talk technically about matters i really cant explain further since I’m not really technically good at it. LOL. I was trying to share how much i lacked the resources i need to come up with a so much better piece but ive strived for it since its been something that’s worth my time. I spent more than 4hours for each piece i make, the more details, of course, more time is allotted. Details play a very good part in an artwork, people might not realize tiny details but if you are part of its creation you’ll realize how much little things can contribute to the bigger picture. (which also applies when it comes to life) I’ve not been drawing for the last couple of months or lets say a year now since my current job consumes most of my time. But I’m looking forward to being able to make something out of my imagination as well, We all have much to learn, practice makes perfect but time idle makes practice “forgettable”. Drawing, painting if I may say can be relevant to the biking skill. Once you learned it (or lets say get to discover you’ve got a talent for it, for people who do not believe talents can be learned), its seldom that you totally forget it, But constant practice will more often than not make you better. =)