Sunday, January 11, 2009

Digital experiment

REVISED POST: 
Well, I found myself on the computer last night looking for texture brushes for Photoshop and ended up downloading some brushes from mccannas.com to explore more textures. I think I need to find a different set of brushes. Although I did not mind the 'pastel' feeling of these. I used to do a lot of pastels when I was in college and these brushes definitely reminded me of that (minus the mess!). I would like to try more of a painterly style brush, or ones that don't have a square shape. If any one knows of a better resource, please comment. 
Here's the newer revised version. After following some suggestions, I added some more shadows and highlights. If I were to do it over I would add a night stand with some medicine on it. I think it would add to the story.




One of my goals this year is to experiment with more mediums. My first IF post was a digital piece I did in illustrator. All my other pieces have been done in acrylic. I do use the computer to refine sketches and make color studies, but I've always found that trying to draw with my drawing tablet is like drawing with a left hand (and I'm right handed).
This was not entirely digital. I worked from a sketch which I then colored in Photoshop. I spent about 4 hours total. I'm sure it could be better, so if you have suggestions please feel free to comment. However, I thought it was a good start.

10 comments:

Diana Evans said...

oh wow Edrian...I really love this piece...great work!!! no matter how much technology comes my way...I do love the tactile feel of holding my sketchbook...and using pencil....

Hugs
Diana

Gai said...

This looks quite different to some of your other work. I like the texture created.

Pea said...

wow..this has come out so good! totally love the shading and light effects you have achieved here.And beautiful expressions on the little girls face!

Bella Sinclair said...

Are you kidding? This is an EXCELLENT start! Wow, I didn't realize it was digital until you mentioned it. I especially like the shading and texture on the wall. And their postures and expressions are so tender. What do you think about deepening the shadows under the pillow and the girl's head?

Edrian Thomidis said...

Thanks everyone!
Bella-Thanks for your suggestion. I'll have to try that. I also need to add some more highlights all around and add some more contrast. Like I said it was a good start, and I'll probably go back to this one later on and practice some more. It is quite frustrating to not be able to draw/paint with the pen with as much ease as I do in real life. So this file will sit in my hard drive for a little while!

Alicia Padrón said...

This is FANTASTIC Edrian!!!! AWESOME illustration and the rendering is amazing as well. I think you should definitely continue this path and see were it leads you! Wondefrful work! :o)

Tom Barrett said...

Really nice work on this! Great combo of traditional and digital! :)

And I really like the promo card you designed! Should do well for you at the conference. Good luck!

theartofpuro said...

I agree with Bella,is a great illo and until you mentioned that was digital I thought it was made by hand

Aarti Harish said...

Wow...this is such a lovely moment captured in art by you..

Bella Sinclair said...

Simply beautiful, Edrian! Gosh, I should really learn to paint in Photoshop. I wouldn't get very far, though. I don't even know how to paint.

Aw, she's sick? I thought she was really sad, like her puppy ran away or something.