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Re: Background Workshop II - Stage II!
« Reply #120 on: 19 Jun 2015, 22:16 »
STAGE II: Getting into Details
-- continuation from Stage I --



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Re: Background Workshop II - Stage II!
« Reply #121 on: 19 Jun 2015, 23:13 »
Cool stuff Misj'
I always wondered how you do this line art on PC. So this is a pencil drawing scanned in? With some contrast and other adjustmenst in PS or similar image processing software?

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Re: Background Workshop II - Stage II!
« Reply #122 on: 19 Jun 2015, 23:47 »
I always wondered how you do this line art on PC. So this is a pencil drawing scanned in? With some contrast and other adjustmenst in PS or similar image processing software?
This is done entirely digital (I do a lot with pencil on paper and when push comes to shove it's still my favorite medium , but digital has its advantages (read: undo-button ;) ).

Most of my Blitz-entries are fully digital with a Wacom tablet. I use a number of different brushes (that I sometimes tweak a little) depending on the style I want. In this case it's a simple pressure-sensitive (on thickness) pen with a 20% opacity. This is what I use most when inking (in combination with a digital pencil-brush for my sketches).

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Re: Background Workshop II - Stage II!
« Reply #123 on: 20 Jun 2015, 00:21 »
Are you using Photoshop for this linework, Misj'?

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Re: Background Workshop II - Stage II!
« Reply #124 on: 20 Jun 2015, 08:29 »
(Are outsiders allowed to post here?)

Sure, anyone's welcome to participate in any way they like.
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Re: Background Workshop II - Stage II!
« Reply #125 on: 20 Jun 2015, 12:47 »
I wanted to pop in and say thank you for the feedback provided so far. Unfortunately my chronic autoimmune disease is flaring badly of late and I've been struggling to work. I may not finish but the feedback has been insanely helpful from everyone. That shading was brilliant and the perspective changes Daniel and Misj did were great and helped the depth of the picture a lot. I will continue to follow and learn and maybe present an update if I can.

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Re: Background Workshop II - Stage II!
« Reply #126 on: 20 Jun 2015, 20:12 »
Quick update from me:

I love the idea of doing colour last, but at this point I'm not confident enough to dare try it - colouring takes me a huge amount of time and leaving it last is a scary prospect, so I've taken the "safe" path and am using a bit of colour as I go.



You can see how messy everything is still, I take ages to clean up.

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Re: Background Workshop II - Stage II!
« Reply #127 on: 21 Jun 2015, 00:05 »
been really busy so havent worked on this as much as I would like, but here is what I have now!

Thanks for all the feedback everyone

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Re: Background Workshop II - Stage II!
« Reply #128 on: 21 Jun 2015, 21:36 »
This is the long, slow part for me, so my updates are going to be a lot less exciting, and really more "putting one foot in front of the other", especially as I'm only spending an hour or so on it at a time. Also keeping any "process" post stuff for stage III due to my use of colour, but looking forward to seeing other people's!


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Re: Background Workshop II - Stage II!
« Reply #129 on: 21 Jun 2015, 21:42 »
Link to first post

Just want to let you know that I'm still in, but doing the refined sketch is a lot of work. I'm currently drawing the various builings with (hopefully) correct perspective and I'm also adding first detail. I also added some reference pics for this.
So here is the WIP that I'm currently working on:



Update 23.6.2015


This is as detailed as I will go in this stage, next I will focus on colors.

Update 26.6.2015
I played around with color a bit:
« Last Edit: 26 Jun 2015, 20:09 by cat »

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Re: Background Workshop II - Stage II!
« Reply #130 on: 22 Jun 2015, 04:43 »
Sure, anyone's welcome to participate in any way they like.

Well here's a question from an interested observer, then. It seems many are getting to the point of dealing with non-organic objects--buildings, etc. Whenever I've tried to paint, and this is why I generally stick to lineart, I have a lot of trouble with...well, lines. Straight lines, curved lines, whatever. But things with hard edges. I'm sure any advice any of you have would be appreciated by all of the rest of us.

Re: Background Workshop II - Stage II!
« Reply #131 on: 22 Jun 2015, 07:24 »
Sure, anyone's welcome to participate in any way they like.
Well here's a question from an interested observer, then. It seems many are getting to the point of dealing with non-organic objects--buildings, etc. Whenever I've tried to paint, and this is why I generally stick to lineart, I have a lot of trouble with...well, lines. Straight lines, curved lines, whatever. But things with hard edges. I'm sure any advice any of you have would be appreciated by all of the rest of us.

Could you elaborate? Are you having trouble with the lines not looking nice, or the shading of these hard edged objects?
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Re: Background Workshop II - Stage II!
« Reply #132 on: 22 Jun 2015, 11:33 »
Are you using Photoshop for this linework, Misj'?
For art I'm a Painter user. To me there are certain advantages to it over PhotoShop, since PhotoShop just isn't good for natural media. To contradict myself: I have seen people use it with fantastic results; it's just not (nor should be) the core business of Photoshop. It's an application primarily meant to edit, retouch, optimize, and manipulate photographs/images, and I use it quite a lot for that. So my opinion is not based on lack of understanding/knowledge about the application. It's purely based on a. my own preferred workflow, and b. the look I'm going for.

I've also looked into Sketchbook Pro which arguably has the best digital pencil; it's a great tool, but I could not find a real advantage of it within my workflow (that justified me buying it). However, at a 70 euro price-point, it's well worth to investigate if you want something to use for digital comics and such.

I've also looked at ArtRage in the past, but that was still quite an early version (I think it was still version 1 or an early 2), and it just wasn't worth it at the time (since I already was a Painter user). Painter is still much better then ArtRage, but on the other hand, ArtRage is 50 dollars, whereas Painter is 425 dollars (for the record, I bought it much cheaper through my workplace, but am not allowed to use it commercially). And is Painter - from what I've seen - really 10x better and thus validating the 10x price difference? - In some aspects the answer is yes, but for most people here the answer should be 'no', simply because they would be using maybe 10% of its capabilities (I have the same argument for Photoshop) so why not use a much cheaper application that has all the capabilities that are relevant to you?

So yeah, I use Painter, and can recommend it to everyone, except that I would tell you not to buy it. Buy Sketchbook Pro and ArtRage instead, and spend the rest of the money on a Wacom tablet (and yes, I would absolutely recommend a Cintiq).



ps. Also, some people feel the UI of Painter is awful. I don't entirely agree with that, but I understand where it's coming from. This is a problem that Painter and Photoshop both have (although you won't see it once you're used to the quirks) simply because they've become quite bloated with a lot of options that don't really fit in a simple design. ArtRage and Sketchbook run the risk of this happening to them as well, simply because they need to add new features to either stay relevant in the market or to give users a reason to upgrade. Hopefully they can fit it within their (currently) simple UI design.

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Re: Background Workshop II - Stage II!
« Reply #133 on: 23 Jun 2015, 11:15 »
I'm having trouble finding time this week to work on my piece. Unfortunately - from the looks of it - next week doesn't appear to be much different. So I hope I'll be able to continue, but I might be a bit slow...

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Re: Background Workshop II - Stage II!
« Reply #134 on: 23 Jun 2015, 15:21 »
I haven't had time to work on mine since my last update either. Sorry. :(
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Re: Background Workshop II - Stage II!
« Reply #135 on: 23 Jun 2015, 15:49 »
Heh, me neither. Globally unfortunate week it seems.
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Re: Background Workshop II - Stage II!
« Reply #136 on: 23 Jun 2015, 21:39 »
To keep this going I'll post some progress:

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This is as detailed as I will go in this stage, next I will focus on colors.
« Last Edit: 23 Jun 2015, 21:42 by cat »

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Re: Background Workshop II - Stage II!
« Reply #137 on: 24 Jun 2015, 00:47 »
Could you elaborate? Are you having trouble with the lines not looking nice, or the shading of these hard edged objects?

It's a combination of both, I think. I tend to lose the "painterly" quality when drawing straight lines, or I tend to paint lines that aren't straight. And I'm never sure how edges should be shaded / highlighted...I think it's a trickier thing to observe in real life that most other light situations. I'm looking at a corner of a wall right now, and to my eye, it looks like it gets incredibly dark just before the edge, which is glowing white from the light of the other room.

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Re: Background Workshop II - Stage II!
« Reply #138 on: 24 Jun 2015, 01:13 »
just a short notice, please excuse my shortness on words, I have no idea how to paint over 3d renders to make them look cool. But then I have no idea how to make 3d renders look cool in the first place. :-D
If I find any way I hope I can put my process into words...


@cat: love your progress!

overall I like this timemanagement... 8-)

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Re: Background Workshop II - Stage II!
« Reply #139 on: 24 Jun 2015, 01:20 »
@eric: straight lines are easy in every paint app, just keep shift pressed. making the swirly pearly lines look interesting and keeping them the same boldness is a mystacle.