Continuing on the Asgard theme that’s been going through my week, I turned this Gab Collab blob into the wing on a Thor-like helmet!
Boys, sit down.
No. I’m serious. Buns in the seat, please.
What is the only rule of this palace?
Say it with me now: “No roughhousing when Daddy is drinking quietly in his study.”
Got it? Good.
I love you boys. Especially Thor.
Read the full post in It’s Time For A Family Meeting.
Another Progress Post!
A few people have been asking me about my layers and how I get my pieces to look the way they do, so I took a few shots of Andrew and I’ll try and explain what’s going on.
1. I’ve got my line art, inverted, on a mask layer. This way I can color the lines what I want, like on his shirt and his skin.
2. I throw down my paper textures on an overlay layer. It goes over my color and under my line art.
3. I create selections of everything, from skin, to the leaves, the birds. Then I make each selection into a layer, and add my basic values and colors with my splattering brushes.
4. Now everything has its color.
5. This is my details layer, where I do most of my mark making, add more values to the skin or other places, put in strokes of hair, ect.
6. Now I add in more high lights on a layer above everything. I find sometimes I got a bit too dark and flat on my painting so I’ll add some stuff over the drawing to give things more dimension. I also created a layer called Gold for my gold effect.
7. I added another splattery layer over everything, and set it to screen to create those orange splashes.
8. I turn the file into a JPG and edit it’s levels to add contrast, and play with the curves to change the mood and color.
9. There’s a screen cap of my layers.
10.The original black and white watercolor/ink drawing which I scanned into Photoshop CS3.
Even just her works in progress are inspiring.
I’d eat at that restaurant.
Ben Smith is an artist based in Sydney, Australia. In 2010 he won the Waverley Art Prize, the Mosman Emerging Artist Art Award and the Odd Nerdrum Self Portrait Competition. He has been a finalist in numerous established art prizes across Australia, including the Doug Moran Portrait Prize (2009,2010)and the Sulman Prize (2010,2011). He has had two successful solo shows with Dickerson Gallery Sydney.
The art of James Browne is, arguably, cheesy, but I love it.