savengeline asked: Hi, I was wondering what your process was in making of your thesis.I mean like, what materials did you use. What steps did you take to get to the final product?
Before starting anything, I do a LOT of research about my subject before hand. In this case, I read the Neverending story book, and picked out points in the story I thought were pivotal.
From there I started doing thumbnails, I did about 15 thumbnails for each piece, exploring different options of the same subject and picking the one that worked the best.
After thumbnails, I do a refined sketch, which are the ones I including in the posts on here. Once I’m happy with the route it’s going, I start gathering references, some found, some taken my self. For the figures, I asked my friends to pose for me in the position needed. References are REALLY important and I gather as much as I can for each element just to have that extra clarity. For the never ending story: Turtles, lions, ferrets, temples, trees, swamps ect.
The pieces are done completely digitally. I spend a good amount of time sketching and refining in photoshop before I start painting. A neat trick I use all the time is flipping your canvas horizontally so that you can see you piece with fresh eyes.
From there, I just start painting and screwing around until I get on a path that’s working. There’s a point you reach while working(About 50% of the way through) that you think ” Wow, this just looks terrible.” But keep working and pushing pass that, I have to remind my self to do that each time! You’ll be a lot happier with it the more to keep pushing and fixing certain areas that just feel “funny ” to you.
Share your work with friends or instructors if you feel something is just too off and you can’t pin point it, they’ll usually be able to see it right away and help you out.
After the piece is all said and done. I’ll throw some light adjustments layers on top of everything to brighten it up because I find I naturally use a very dull pallet when I paint.
That’s about it! I use a lot of custom brushes when painting instead of those standard ones that come with photoshop.
and start downloading some and play around!
Hope that helped, thank you for your ask!
Here’s an example of some thumbnails and rough sketch for the Falkor piece. As you can see, I didn’t end up using it but you have to get the bad ideas out first before you find the good ones.
Edit: Materials used: Wacom intuos Pro and Photoshop CS5