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Dusk or dawn?


A few weeks back I made a terrible piece that looked very the same as this one only colored with color pencils and it looked like balls. At the time I had been playing around with photoshop so I can't title this as my first piece but it is my best so far. I took a picture of the monstrosity of an illustration and put it into my computer. Then I began making clipping masks over everything in the piece with the original behind as a reference. Then I filled it all in with the right colors. I then toyed a little with brushes with different opacity's and hardness and that's is how I did the shading for the most part. I downloaded and used my first textures for this piece as I did not have a clue how to put them in, when I figured that out (With help from ''Draw with Jazza'' check him out on youtube.com!) I saw immediately how much of a difference it made. When the color and the textures were in I was at a full stop. I had no slightest idea how to do the sky. I tried many methods but didn't find a single one that worked or that I could do. I told my dad who is a photographer, and he lent me some sunset photopraph that he had stored away on his computer. I put the photograph in the furthest layer behind, put it to 52% opacity and used it as reference for when I did the sunset. I put in some custom colors in the swatch menu that I could use for the clouds and when I was done it looked pretty good, but I got a ''cloud texture'' a.k.a. just a picture of clouds and covered it all over the clouds. I then changed the opacity and put the thingamajob into ''color burn'' which gave the clouds much more power into the color. Now I don't call it cheating but the picture my dad lent me as reference is still in the illustration in 52% opacity . I didn't take it out cause I don't know how to make such a perfect glow. So instead I took the blue sky color from the photograph and filled a whole layer with it so I could have the photograph in the same opacity. And it falls beautifully with the art. I thought I was done until my dad pointed me at the shadows and told me that they didn't fall correctly. I saw it right away and fixed it. When I compered the original and this then it made me want to throw the original away. The meaning of the title? Doesn't matter if it's dusk or dawn... it's the beauty in the picture that matters.... dat sam crny shit!

I want to let you know that I wouldn't be doing this without the help of the channel ''Draw with Jazza'' he thought me more about photoshop then I thought I could do and for that I thank him. Go check him out on youtube.com it will not be a waste of time I promise!

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Thanks for the kind plug! I appreciate it! Your image is nice, it has a good aesthetic and sense of balance. The colors work well together. The painting itself leaves something to be desired but the more you do it the more you will improve and this is a great start! Keep up the good work!

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Jun 7, 2013
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