Monday, August 28, 2006
The Walls of the Tomb
I'm back... Sorry for the delay in getting more mordacious goodies up for you to enjoy (I hope you enjoy them anyway!) I was searching for some good photos to use for testing purposes here at my job, and I stumbled upon a photo taken in a tomb, somewhere in Italy I believe. I loved the details and the textures, so I thought I would take a stab at painting it in Photoshop. This is the result. Process? I had the original photo open in a photshop window. I then opened a new photoshop document, and created a new layer on top of the background layer. I filled the background layer with what I felt was the dominant midtone color, in this case the yellow midtone. I then started sketching on the new layer I had created with a light grey, using the brush tool. Once I had roughed out and blocked in the skulls and the background walls, I started to build up the tones, I started on the left skull first, and continued building the tones, then finally finishing with the darkest darks. Most of the time, I was using a fairly large brush with the opacity set very low, then gradually darkening until I was happy with the blend. This was the process for this entire piece. I spent more time on this than I thought I would, due largely to the fact that my hard drive died on my trusty PowerBook G4. I am really pleased with the end result here, I like the mix of soft and hard edges, and since I am a sucker for skulls, this one just worked all the way around for me. A good start to the rapidly approaching Fall/Halloween season. As much as I have been loving painting with Photoshop, I am going to give it a rest for a while as I learn the fine art of working Painter. More to come...stay tuned!!