Monday, March 18, 2013

Sketch-a-week #7 - A sign of things to come

The production we're doing at work this year is called 'We Found Love' - it's a reworking on Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' ( probably my favourite comedy by Shakespeare, though I'm very fond of 'Much Ado About Nothing' as well ), which I was also on the writing team for ( from memory I rewrote a lot of Act 4 and some other bits and pieces ). One of the students had a great idea - that we get a collection of art that was student abd teacher created which illustrated something about the play we liked - or something like that. I was really keen on taking apart right away. I sketched out this loose plan :

Very rough at present - but there are the seeds of something special there.

More as it happens.

Friday, March 15, 2013

'Pretty Ugly' - I think it's done.

I've done what I think are the final touch-ups ( at least for now ) and I think it's done :

I'm pretty happy with it. I hope the clients are too. We'll see !

And because I can't leave well enough alone - I had to experiment with potential title and by-line text. 

I had a lot of fun doing this - and continued to learn arcane secrets of Photoshop. I'm almost a little sad that it's done - but not really ! Happy happy happy ! And I've got at least a couple of other projects that I need to get moving on - one of them being a return to REAL painting ( like, with a brush and REAL paint, on a canvas even ! ). 

Thanks for the opportunity Big and Rish ! 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

'Pretty Ugly' - Even more small improvements !

Okay okay - I KNOW it doesn't like I've done anything - but there's about an hour of work here :

- More skin shade on the Plain Girl. Particularly in the eyebrow region.
- Added a 'worry line' to the mouth of the Plain Girl.
- Skin shade on the 'Johnny Red' poster.
- Shade and highlights to the eyes of the girl and the reflection.
- More eyeshadow to the Sexy Reflection, and refinement of what was there ( opacity levels, small adjustments to the shapes ).

Discovered the 'blur' tool too. Gosh - why didn't I find this earlier ? Beats using the Gaussian blur filter so much !

I think now I just have to do some shading on the desk 'stuff', and a bit more development of the Sexy Reflection's skin colour - and it'll be done.

Yay ! I'm pretty pleased with how it's looking now. I hope the clients like it as well !

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

'Pretty Ugly' - More small improvements

Got to spend some time on the art this evening :

Most of the things are quite small / subtle ( shade in the desk, copied highlight / shade layers from the posters to the mirror reflection, more shade / highlights here and there in the posters, slight gradient shift in the wall colour ).
It's almost done I think. A little more work on the faces of the girls, a little more shading - and it'll be finished.

Monday, March 11, 2013

'Pretty Ugly' - Small improvements

I have to go and bake something soon - but I've done some small improvements here and there :

- Skin shade on Neon Shuriken.
- Changed text colour on Johnny Red.
- Halftone effect on Johnny Red text.
- Shade on bed.
- More eye shadow on the Sexy Reflection.

Sketch-a-week #6

Attack dog :

Not bad.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

'Pretty Ugly' - More shading and stuff

It's getting to that exciting stage where things are actually starting to come together and look pretty good. Today I had some time while Lorenzo was asleep and out with Viva and got this done :

Shading and layer effects on the posters to a greater or lesser degree ( Neon Shuriken got the most, Johnny Red the least ), changed the colour of the guitar ( red was too jarring and pulled focus ) and more shading / highlights on the Sexy Reflection.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

'Pretty Ugly' - Freckle combo / Skin shading / Hair shade and detail

It's late - and I've not got time to banter much. I've been hard at work on this tonight ( even though it won't look much like I have ) :

The Plain Girl's hair is looking pretty good now - and I've merged the two collections of 'freckles' I had - and it looks pretty good. There's some subtle shading in the skin and shirt too. The skin of the Sexy Reflection is coming along - but it's not really to my liking so far.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

'Pretty Ugly' - Freckles Mk 2

Okay - so I didn't like the way the first set of freckles was looking. It was a good first attempt - but it wasn't good enough. Here's the second attempt :

These ones look a good deal better. There are five layers of freckles there - with the tones getting steadily darker.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

'Pretty Ugly' - Freckles and some skin shade

DISCLAIMER : I think freckles are quite attractive. Some people find the freckles / red hair combo disturbing though, so :

There's also some development of the skin of the Sexy Reflection. I need to add freckles to the arms now.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Sketch-a-week #5

Troll thing :

Could be worse.

'Pretty Ugly' - Even more base colour

Oh man - kids going mental. Lorenzo is up again - I can hear him squealing and running around upstairs. I've done a little more work tonight filling in empty spaces in the artwork :

I'd better go help wrangle the child.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

'Pretty Ugly' - More base colour

Had an hour or so after the kids were asleep tonight, and I got more base colour added :

Most of the time I was tidying up the edges.