Archive for October 2010

Using Photoshop Like an Oil Painter

October 18, 2010

My acrylic painting technique: Flats, then shading, then lighting. I used to think this was good.

When it comes to painting, the only natural media I have really used is acrylic paint. When using acrylic paint, I have had to the lay down colors as flats, and then move on to adding shading and lighting. I took this technique to digital painting and it was a slow and frustrating process for me. Come to think of it, that method frustrates me when I’m working on canvas, too.

The image to the right is the result of that method of painting.

Enter YouTube. While looking for digital painting tutorials, I came across this video, and it taught me an invaluable lesson: Lay down the lighting and shading in monochrome and then layer the color on top of it.

This is an oil painting technique, from what I understand (readers correct me if I’m wrong). I came to this conclusion after talking to a phenomenal painter at work named David Parker (@dave_parker on Twitter). He told me that he uses this technique on his oil paintings, and I tried to think of a way to do this with acrylics, but I don’t think it is possible (again, correct me if I am wrong).

So I switched to this method of painting, and the following is what came out. It’s not finished, but I was too excited not to share it with the world.
Have a look:

The same artwork, after trying the technique I learned from the tutorial video.


Long time no see!

October 17, 2010
Claresa and I on wedding day.

Claresa and I on Wedding Day

So it’s been almost a year since I have posted to this blog. I have been busy in the mean time at least!

I don’t think I posted it last year when it happened, so I think it is worthy to mention that I got married last year in July!

That’s me and my beautiful wife, Claresa in the picture on the right. If you’ve been here before, you may have seen the illustrated version of her that I did about a year and a half ago. Compare this photo to the illustrated version of her in a previous post and let me know what you think).

So back to business. What business you say? Artwork, and more specifically, the comic book.

The comic book has gone through some major developments since last year. I am now working on the script for the first chapter of what will be an online webcomic. The goal right now is to have the comic up by the end of January 2011. And you can keep coming right back here to see concept art, posts about the journey to launching the comic, as well as sneak peeks at character profiles.

I plan on trying to work on the comic a little tonight while I still can, so I am going to leave you with a digital sketch. More art to come tomorrow!


Crusader Concept Sketch

Digital Sketch