One of the things I noticed about Insecure was how beautifully lit everything was all of the time. It was great to find this video that showed how intentional that was by Ava Berkofsky (Insecure’s Director of Photography). These days experimenting with color, skin tones, and lighting is something I’m having a lot of fun doing and even though the video linked is mainly about photography/cinematography I got a lot out of it as an artist. Another person that does an exceptional job of lighting darker skin is Eric Wilkerson.
This great tip comes courtesy of Etherington Brothers over on Twitter.
One of my major art goals for 2019 is becoming more profient in using Photoshop. I feel like I only ever tap into 5% of what it has to offer. So to correct that I’ve been taking a lot of Skillshare classes, watching Youtube videos, and pouring through artists’ tutorials. One thing I’ve been playing with is the Content Aware fill. Can’t say I’m an expert (or anywhere near it) but having fun incorporating stock photos and my art. The photo of the lovely yellow wild flowers is from Unsplash user Jeremy Bishop.
I did this back in early January. It was meant to symbolize a few different things like starting it in 2018 and finishing it in 2019, doing it mostly in Procreate and Photoshop, and finishing wip pieces. Artistically 2018 was a good year. I put out more art than I ever have. I started doing more landscapes and work entirely from my own imagination, broke a bit out of my comfort zone, and did a lot of interesting studies. Mostly I think I built a lot of artistic momentum to push me into 2019. I feel like 2018 was a bit of tiny hill- long plateau rinse repeat cycle. The…
I picked up a great Photoshop trick from Twitter user @Treatscraft. This is a quick and easy way to try out different color ideas based off of another image. Simply go to Image_>Adjustments> Match colors. From there choose the opened image you want to sample colors from. You can find the informative post here –> Tweet.
Stumbled across this great site full of scenes from movies. A lot of these make for great reference as well as studies. Check it out at- Cinematic Paintings.com
I’m getting a head start on my 2019 resolution to ‘master’ Photoshop. I feel like ‘master’ is perhaps an overly ambitious resolution but it sounds more goal worthy than ‘get to a point where I don’t rage quit in frustration because PS doesn’t do YY like app ZZ.’ With PS coming to iPad as well it seems a good time to put in the time to really get familiar with the software. So with that in mind I’m going to be posting frequently a condensed-ish post with tips and tricks I am picking up and sharing them here. ViewsTips 1 and 2 come courtesy of the incredibly skilled Goro Fujita.…
Originally there were some cookies planned but well- that got ‘eaten’ 😉 I do have some other cute icons to add to your bullet journal/etc. I’ve updated my Gumroad page (https://gum.co/pixelsnplay) with the Christmas-y holiday goodies. Happy holidays!
A little while ago I made a Skillshare class on digital bullet journaling on the iPad. (https://skl.sh/2NUrzbB) For the class I created a bunch of stuff to help with keeping a journal and adding some color and personality to it with icons and assets. I’ve created some holiday items and will soon update both the class and Gumroad. If there’s interest I may even throw in some cookies and milk!
I’ve had the Dell Canvas more than a full year now and I have some feelings about it. A lot of feelings. Hands down this is the best hardware purchase I have ever made for art and the most expensive. For the mount, arm, and Dell it came out just over 2k. I wanted to get more serious about my art and even though I had a good pen enabled monitor with the solid, Ugee 2150. I wanted something with a larger screen, better display capabilities and touch. The Dell delivered in every aspect. I use my Dell almost daily for 2 or more hours- painting/drawing, gaming, web browsing, video…