Our SVS Virtual Studio February❤️2020

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    February? What happened to January?! 😜

    What is everyone working on this month? 😃

    Imagine you are walking through a studio silently looking over people’s shoulders at their work. This is NOT a place for critiques. You may applaud, encourage, ooh and ah only.

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    Here’s a WIP of my bear. It’s finished and currently being placed in a postcard layout in Illustrator. I photoshopped the shadows across the whole postcard. I’ll share how I did that in another post because it was pretty sketchy but turned out just fine. 😃

  • I'm working on adding objects in perspective to my final basic perspective class assignment (taking it farther). My ellipses are getting better but still needing more practice and understanding. i feel like it's coming. And then I was adding the photo frame and one off the main perspective book so had some practice with adding objects with different vanishing points. I think I find doing interiors kinda boring though :face_with_stuck-out_tongue_closed_eyes:

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    HI! I wanted to share something I did in photoshop. So I painted a bear to go on the back of a postcard, but I also plan on selling the painting later on this years so I made it an 8x10 (earlier post). But for the postcard I wanted the shadows to go across the whole back of the card (this was an afterthought so I didn't prepare for it).
    So I opened it in photoshop...
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    Then selected the shadows, copied and pasted to a new layer and stretched it so it fit across the new horizontal formatted page.
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    I also used liquify to adjust the shape of the big shadow so it looked more like a bear shaped blob. You can see the effect that liquify had on the pixels, pas bien.
    Then I copied in a texture that I made from bristol board and used curves to darken the value, and erased the parts covering the bear.
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    I set that layer to overlay, adjusted the value a bit more to match and Voila!
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    I have a tiny bit of adjustments to make before I call it passable, but I thought, you'all might want to see how I did this. =)x

  • @burvantill very interesting! Thanks for sharing! digital is sooooo cool 🙂

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    I'm going through the watercolor and digital class to try to learn how to incorporate watercolor textures with digital. I did the first demo which was the little surfer 🙂 Pretty fun.

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  • @burvantill, I copied a book cover for learning purposes (not traced), and made new typography of the main title.

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    I just found the address of a publisher that I have been searching for for HOURS! I feel like an awesome detective that just caught the bad guy. I have found you, BWAHAHA!

  • I was working on putting in a watercolor background but then it got all covered up and I went nuts coloring LoL. I know this isn't a critique thread but am wondering if it's too dark and or saturated? I have lighter versions. My eyes seem to get tired and then the eyes and maybe brain too don't think right anymore and I can't figure out what's the best version! One awesome thing about Photoshop is quickly changing hue, saturation, brightness, contrast but it's also kind of the worst sometimes too 😜Anyhow it was fun 😁 I do like doing characters more than backgrounds! Gotta keep working on both thoreceived_191761415270208.jpeg

  • Painted this piece for an exhibition this coming weekend at a local gallery in Dallas. Love working traditionally, and I'm focused on finding more avenues to do so this year.

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  • @Coley I love this! I like the color combination, but I see what you mean about it may be a bit on the dark side. It does contrast nicely though with the light source. Maybe just lighten up the rope and the blanket a little to counterbalance the night sky?

  • @Coley Hey, I remember this one! I think it looks really good as is. Such a beautiful mood. Since all monitors are a little different from eachother, I guess it could be on the dark side for some. Well done!

  • @Jenna-Jenks and @TessaW thanks! I might play around with it a little. The difference between monitors is a real struggle ! LOL

  • Trying simple colour blocked thumbnails before even starting the sketch.

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  • Hi all,
    I'm new here and a little nervous about posting. I just finished up a class on imagining things in perspective and it was so very helpful. Lately, I've been creating quick little illustrations to both practice perspective and working digitally:
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    Hello! This is month I am going to be trying to simplify and focus on design and composition. I have a really hard time focusing on one style of illustration because there are so many people I admire out there, and most of them are doing vastly different things. I have been working through "Creative Compositions" and it has been super helpful- I can't wait to see how I am able to implement the things I have been learning into more drawings.

    I am also trying to work through characters, which is naturally a weak spot for me, but is becoming more enjoyable as I try to simplify!

    Love seeing what everyone is doing here.

  • Hi everyone! I am a new SVS member and am excited to see everyones work 🙂 I'm currently working on some spot illustrations of a bat I painted a few days ago.

    I think I am abandoning the attached wings so I can get clearer poses

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  • I firmly believe that all cats, at heart, are evil.

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