San Francisco Italian Cultural Institute for the art show
I thought I’d write a post on a quick photoshop flat painting tutorial. Just in the last couple of months upon moving back to California, I’ve been tutoring art and design students on a part time basis and most everyone of them ask about process. I’m sure everyone’s process is different, but for the Photoshop novice, I’ll break it down here in a few simple steps.
Assuming you drew a quick sketch of something you wanted to paint in Photoshop, you’ve hopefully scanned it into the computer and opened it in Photoshop. So once you’ve gotten the image open, I would suggest double clicking the layer and naming it as drawing or whatever name you want to give it, I would leave this layer at the bottom and lock it so that it doesn’t move by accident or worse end up painting on top of it. Then create a layer on top and name this as the “Blacklines” layer, you want to keep this at the very top of the layers. This will be the layer that you will clean up the sketch with.
The next part of this, I used a wacom tablet intuos 5 which is great enough with precision that you can get smooth lines as you trace over your original drawing. You can use the brush tool to paint and increase or decrease the line weights to get a variation throughout the drawing. I used a crisper line for the outer lines and a more looser line for the inner lines. If you make a mistake and don’t like the lines you can always command Z to undo something. Or use the erase tool to erase your mistakes, or quite simply if you have a wacom tablet, flip it over to erase on the opposite end! Once you are done and are satisfied with the lines, I would suggest locking this blacklines layer at the top when you are done doing the outline of the drawing.
I recently joined a creative writing workshop last week and it was very enlightening! LA is a super creative city and I had no idea that it would satisfy all of my creative impulses! I enjoy drawing, animation, and writing– what better place to be than here. So we had a few writing exercises and one of them was to imagine a story through a painting. So here is what I came up with! Let me know what you think…
Eleanor had too much to drink. Elizabeth sat bored and observed the half empty bottle on Eleanor’s hand. Her older sister was nearly only five years older than her, but her ways of consumption of wine had done a number on her youth. She looked more like she was in her early forties than a woman of only twenty-five. All she did was spend her days sleeping into the afternoon and her evenings out and about disguised as a servant, gallivanting about the taverns drinking with the townspeople. What a way to destroy someone’s life, Elizabeth thought. For she spent her days outside absorbing the sun and reading the classics until it was time for afternoon tea. Knowledge was what she was after, her sister only had drinking to fill her.