Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Grey's Anatomy Drawing and Painting Process

Some people have asked me, both in person and online, what alien images I use to create my paintings. I look at them and ask,


I draw and paint my pictures. Sometimes I make my own brushes for ease of repetition, but even then, the first image I drew and then made a brush out of it. If you don't know how to do that in Photoshop, it's easy. Plenty of vids on YouTube showing you just how to do that. I make a LOT of custom brushes for sacred geometry, fractals, brush, trees, etc., for ease of painting. Mostly for use in the background of the primary subject.

I made this process photo so that you can see what I'm doing with screen shots of my art in Photoshop CS6. You can see my brushes and you can see my layers. I basically draw and shade everything with a standard Soft Round Brush. Fancy brushes do not make you a better artist. Learning how to draw and practicing for over 40 years every single day makes you a better Artist.

Here's my process on this piece and pretty much every painting I do.

1) I draw rough lines. Basically a skeleton of the figure and I adjust size and placement on the canvas as I go. I remember to keep my Rule of Thirds and also use The Golden Ratio. Never make your subject dead center of the canvas.

2) I fade back the initial rough sketch, create another layer and draw finished lines on top of the rough ones.

3 I create another layer under the finished line work and turn off the initial rough line sketch layer. I then begin to apply opaque tones under the finished lines as a base.

4) I add another layer on top of all of this, set it to Overlay and the opacity at 50%. This is my Color Layer. I apply a rough wash of color over the entire painting in a general application as a guide for where those colors go and I adjust them as I render. Just under the Color Layer, I add a Shading Layer and begin to shade in details on top of the Finished Line layer.

5) I add more color and go back to my shading layer and fill in more details and lighting. I like high contrast because it really punches out the light in the areas where I want you, the viewer, to look first. I have some tree brushes I created and I popped a nice dead tree in the background and blurred it a bit for depth. I also created a little bit of lens flare to suggest a craft perhaps and give it a more "Not from around here" feel.

6) All of the coloring and rendering of details is complete. I then flatten all the layers and adjust the color saturation and contrast. I then slide my siggy PNG on top. But before I did that, I added one more layer and set it to Overlay. I then drug in a canvas texture and lowered the opacity to 8% to give it a more painterly look. Now the piece is finished, ready to create my two sizes, one to post and one to upload to Print on Demand sites and my other Print Sites for ordering.

And that is pretty much how I do every piece you see.

Thanks for taking a look at my process,


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