Will be running a Christmas raffle sometime when I come back.
Top Prize: will probably be a video of choice from either CDW, Gnomon, Tokkun Academy, Eat 3d, ect.
2nd place: A book under a certain price bracket.
3rd place: Coolorus serial keys OR some supplies within a 10 dollar range from Jetpens.
Mostly to celebrate all the crazy awesome people who follow me and have supported my process progress. Thanks guys!
“An interesting technique for the mixer brush in Photoshop, picked it up from Mathias Verhasselt, a fantastic artist who works at Blizzard. You should follow him on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/mverhasselt/”
Anonymous asked: in all the interviews and questions you've answered online all of what you say sounds so deep and philosophical and complex even if its a simple question. Do you ever turn off the whole smart/deep thinker thing and talk and act like a normal guy or is that switch permanently on for you? not that its a bad thing it just makes you less relatable I guess
Tough question to answer, but I think there is an honesty to it that warrants response. As a person, I’m probably a bit too relatable. We could sit down, have a beer and the good times would roll. Although the trend today is to be liked by everyone, and instant gratification comes easy, art and writing that delivers what we’ve always expected or only supports that which we know doesn’t do much for me, or any of us, for that matter; sorry to say. At the heart of it, I make things out of a need to challenge that which I know and for personal betterment and mastery. If millions of artists reached for that as a goal versus the seeking of popularity or fame by playing to fashion, could you imagine the good that we could do? The things that we write, draw and sculpt are a reflection of who we are. Why not put our best forward?
This is the third series of a really good resource book, I would encourage everyone to buy and keep supporting this company.
Halcyon Realms has a " How to buy from Japan Amazon" tutorial here. I usually just order a bunch of books through Kinokuniya since it’s at a slight cheaper shipping price.
I also did previews for the other two books.
"Like all of my personal projects these days, it’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here… NKS5 is a custom toolkit for Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS5.5 and CS6 – it provides a wide range of natural media, texturing and production tools in an attractive, easy to use palette with a minimal footprint. It’s a free download, but if you’re pro and it’s helping or if you just want to see more projects like this come about please consider making a donation below. Donators will receive download links to updates as the’re available along with early access to future extensions."
achilleron asked: Hello, I've been following your 30 min Spitpaintings (and previous work) and I was wondering if you could shed some light on the technique you're using. At first I thought you were painting an entire area with a colour/texture and then erasing or masking cutouts to create buildings or ships, but now I'm not sure. In the work you do that has a very organic atmosphere and natural flow: closer inspection reveals a lot of geometric shapes. If you don't mind my being so forward, how is this done?
what i am going to say below might be interesting for others, so i will publish your message publicly if it’s okay with you.
my process for these is to actually go from light to dark, progressively. i start by laying out the big shapes, using direct color tones. i force myself to keep the whole image light. when the big shapes are in place, i start refining with slightly darker tones, blocking my composition once again, with the use of darker areas that will appear through the image. when this is done, i do it again a third time, using an even more darker tone.
at the very end, i often use a layer in multiply in order to add what i call my “shadow pass”. see, very often, i use my shadows and lights in order to establish the “dynamic pass” vital to obtain an attractive image. these strong contrasty lines will emphasize the composition, especially if you use them in a diagonal way. adding diagonals to your images will emphasize dynamism. on the contrary, strong horizontals and verticals will introduce more static. you always need to chose wisely as to where to put both, depending on what you want to express.
concerning the geometric shape, i like adding primitive shapes into my pieces: triangles, circles etc. the eye loves being able to bounce between chaos and order, between textures and flat surfaces. on the technical side, i use simple custom shapes to introduce these forms to my paintings.
finally, when you do a 30 minutes painting, you have no time to obtain your colors via multiple layering tricks like overlays. i of course use overlays, but not to start blocking the tones. only to emphasize specific areas of my image, way after I have started.
the best approach for me is to chose a single tone, and then play with it, extracting several additional tones out of it. you can also introduce a complementary color to make the image pop, but only later on in the image.
there are many other ways to find your tones. this is the one i am using at the moment, but it can change. it is always wise to keep your process organic, and changing. not for the sake of change, but in order to permanently make you remember that art is all about surprise. it’s about seeing fresh, and adding new visual surprises on the table.
hope this will help.
The look of a material depends on what happens to light hitting that material. How much is reflected to our eyes and in what fashion. How this differs over wavelengths of color and over the angle at which we see the surface reflecting light.
So there is this awesome group on Facebook called ” SpitPainting” where they have a theme and you have to do a speed painting in 30 minutes.
Here’s some of my submissions. It’s really fun and I enjoy it.
Excited for the next few months of work I’ll be doing. Right now wrapping up some jobs and going to be focusing on school and study with a job or two in the background.
Gonna be doing A LOT of master studies as well.
I’m really really excited. I never thought I would be able to paint with real paints. Or be where I’m at right now in my development. I’m also on crazy meds because I just got done with a wisdom tooth surgery Wednesday. You cannot draw on Vicoden don’t even try.
Sketch Up Planar Head
Zbrush Planar Head
Though having the real John Asaro head beats all. Holding it, turning it around and moving lighting physically over it, computing data does not match it. Also you don’t know what the sculptors may of changed on their 3d models.
You can buy the real one here- http://www.planesofthehead.com/
Master Study of this guys work- http://zhangluart.cghub.com/
Going to be doing more sometime after I get through a bulk of work.
Also this is neat- NSFW because boobs- http://page3-cms.firstclarity.com/page360/
You click on a lady. Wait for a load and then spin her around. Looks great for turn arounds and sculpting work or just getting a good feel for body volume for the female form.