Elephant

October 3, 2006

ElephantSketches

…random sketchbook pages…

mech7Elephant

…leaving in the linework…

I’m still trying to figure out what I want digital color to look like. I don’t know whether to leave the line work showing, totally paint it out, or come up with some hybrid of the two, so I keep experimenting… and posting them here.

One thing I really like about this is how quickly you can move color onto a drawing. I’ve been scanning random sketchbook pages into my computer so that when the urge to do a little digital painting hits me, I can just snag a sketch and go.

The Comments

Don Jones

How is your Wacom Tablet Fund doing? Maybe Keegan should work a PayPal button on here for those spur-of-the-moment contributions.

Dennis Jones

…haven’t gotten around to getting a tablet yet… I’m not going to have a lot of time for the next few weeks to mess with this stuff anyway…

Doug Jones

…you will be spending your time out in the field on that big gourd harvest, right?

Dennis Jones

…we do have a fine harvest of tobacco box gourds this year…

Roballoo!

Nice. One of my favorite digital images fromm you yet. I guess this is kind of a hybrid thingy since I can stil see the linework?

Don Jones

Speaking of harvesting… the local authorities just busted our local elementary art teacher for having meth in the classroom. Strange but true. This could be my opening to get back into art edukashun.

Doug Jones

we had a kindergartener show up here with a bag of Marijuana and a loaded hand gun in her backpack…. the mom got arrested…

Dennis Jones

…I’ve been thinking about sitting in on a couple of night classes at our local university… I suppose I better get a gun and some drugs if I’m going to fit in with the other kids…

Don Jones

Good one Den… and don’t forget to wear a pair of Croks along with your hockey jersey.

Dennis Jones

…no one will even notice that I’m 300 years older than them…

Doug Jones

ever heard of “can’t teach an old dog new tricks?”

Dennis Jones

…I’m livin’ that every day…

Doug Jones

if anyone hassels you cuz you are 300 years old, just throw one of your Croks at ‘em…

Brian Beausoleil

I too can’t decide whether or not to leave the Pencil line work or not. But i do like the way if looks with it kind of keeps it loose and adds action to it. like my Football player that i did as my first digital painting. since then i have done one other and like the results so i guess i will leave them in for now. Brian

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Searching For A Brush

February 19, 2008

RetroPage

I’m trying to get up to speed as quickly as possible with the Photoshop painting deal, so I’m doing a lot of little color studies like this from my sketchbook. Right now I am mainly trying to find a brush that can be my “go to” workhorse tool. Unfortunately, I still haven’t figured out what that brush is.

The Comments

Don Jones

No doubt a SteamPunk veteran from the sleepy little 1880’s town of Reeds Spring.

Jason Bourne

Wow…That is awesome. Looks like a space pilot going to the far reaches of the Binary Galaxy…

Dennis Jones

…Reeds Spring certainly was in a galaxy far far away…

Doug Jones

Reeds Spring had these advanced weapons that would shoot/spit chewing tobacco juice at you… I think they called them “children” Whatever brushes you are using seem to be working pretty good. Of course I have extremely low standards and all…..

Don Jones

Reeds Spring is now just a distant blur as you face the western sky. Highway 160 now completely by-passes the town.

Otto

…In a galaxy fa far away a pilot of taxi-space… look like a taxi driver from space… great

Dennis Jones

…attention NickJonesEverbody… tell Grant to immediately start work on a space story for me about an intergalactic taxi cab driver stationed in an out of the way little place in the universe called Reeds Spring who’s fighting the good fight against tobacco firing baby robots…

Jason Bourne

Yes. And we need snub fighters of all shapes and sizes. The Rebel Galactic Organization may be able to aid us.

Otto

lets start to fight…. red baro out….

Loading Sketchbook Pages

February 20, 2008

RetroBoy2

I have stumbled onto something that is really working for me. I have always been one to snatch ten minutes at lunch or thirty minutes at the end of my work day or the wasted time I spend in front of the TV at night to make something, build something or draw something.

I’ve been doing a lot of digital painting lately on this “borrowed” time. Since I am mainly just trying to get my digital painting chops down, I don’t want to waste a lot of time coming up with an idea to paint, drawing that idea out and then finally painting… by the time I do all that other stuff I am either out of time or have lost interest. When I want to paint, I want to paint NOW… so this is what I’ve done.

I loaded a bunch of pages from my sketchbook onto my computer. Now when I have a bit of time to paint I snag one of those pages, crop out one of the pictures and begin painting immediately. It’s not like I’ve discovered anything new, it’s just that this efficient little process is really working for me. It’s also fun to see images that are hidden in my sketchbooks take on life when they are fleshed out with color.

The Comments

Terry Elliott

Hey Dennis, I’m new to digital painting. Heck, I’ve actually skipped over the real painting part all together. Anyway, in Photoshop, do you have a lot of layers going on—as opposed to just a few or none? Love your style and just thought I’d ask. Thanks!

Doug Jones

hey, I really like the look of that helmet… with the underpainting color peeking out. Looks like we may be getting close to seeing a Denney Tutorial on PS painting, right?

Otto Meza

It’s nice. Are you using a Wacom tablet?

Jason Bourne

Man thats groovy. Space pilot ready to take on the aliens…

Dennis Jones

…Otto, yes, I use a Wacom 6X8 Intuos tablet…

…Terry, I just recently (last week) came to the realization that if I could just get this computer painting thing down I could probably do better work faster than I can with traditional media… so at this point I dont really have a set game plan figured out for how to attack a painting… in fact, I seem to forget the things that work right after I do them…

…Yesterday I was piddling around with the flow and opacity settings on my brush, and suddenly nothing was working right anymore so I was going to reset the brush to where it was before when it was kinda working for me but I couldn’t remember what those settings were…

…So anyway, (to answer your question) I’m working on several layers, but I’m trying to pear things down to a more simple approach… and, Doug, if I get something down that kinda works for me every time I’ll post up a tutorial on it…

Terry Elliott

Thanks for the quick response, Dennis. I know exactly what you mean about changing this opacity and that method and so on and so on. Then, just when you think you’ve hit a good stride, you forget how you got there. I’ve got it down to one layer for the face, one for the hair, one for the eyes, and one for the background. I think. Anyway, looking forward to the tutorial!

Don Jones

I am forecasting a down turn in the qouche market.

Otto Meza

we will appreciate a tutorial or maybe tutorial boock….

Doug Jones

yes, yes… a boock….

Doug Jones

with chapters and verses… so we can quote you! :0)

Dennis Jones

…yes I can see it now …something similar in style to the KJV (King James Version)…
…we’ll call it the DJV (Dennis Jones Version)…

Jason Bourne

Build a theme park next…

Doug Jones

…and thou shalt use the number 12 brush. And it’s opacity setting shall be 30%… not 35% nor 25%… nay, it shall be 30% only. And this shall be a lasting setting for you and you family for generations to come.    1Dennis 3:16

Dennis Jones

…Genesis, Exodus, LeDenniscus, Numbers…

Doug Jones

Pooteronomy…