Digital Painting Practice – Cloud

photoshop digital painting of cloud from tutorial

Hey.. a Sketchy Sketches (formerly Sunday Sketches) post!  Remember these? 🙂

With a newly rekindled interest in honing my artistic abilities, I’ve started practicing, again, in my preferred environment – Photoshop.  I actually started the above image before my recently posted Clockwork Heart picture, but I wrapped it up today and thought I’d share.  I followed a basic tutorial (found HERE), and while I didn’t quite nail it, it was certainly another step in the learning process.

Personal Critique:

– A few of the highlights look really good, but overall I couldn’t find a good middle-ground between two soft and too hard.  I was doing this half-blind (without an actual reference to look at while I painted), so I went a bit overboard with the highlights at first.  I was able to smudge them into bigger puffs, which ended up working well for some of the parts.

– Because of the issue mentioned above, my cloud felt more fuzzy and at the end of its life than the one in the tutorial, so I brushed out the back of it.. a cloud that’s starting to give way to the winds.

– The shape actually feels decent to me, though the interior bulges feel a bit unnatural and out of place.

– I am proud of the very bottom of the cloud.. I think it turned out really natural and the colors seem to fade out well down there.

Overall, it’s nothing to write home about, but this is how we learn :).  Criticisms and thoughts on how to technically improve are very welcomed!

My friend, Danny, recommended Ctrl+Paint as a good resource for tutorials and lessons… but I’ll be sure to share whatever I do next, wherever it’s from :).


About Mark Mushakian

Just a man who loves God, women, kids, dogs, movies, and every other lovely thing in life :)
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2 Responses to Digital Painting Practice – Cloud

  1. danny kneip says:

    Good job. Clouds are especially tricky because we all THINK we know what a cloud should look like. Anything straying too far from the ideal is harder to accept as something. I applaud you for not painting a cookie cutter cloud. 🙂


    • Thanks 🙂 It was a challenge, and part way through I saw that it wasn’t going to end on an amazing note, but I kept at it and it was worth the time and effort to have that practice.


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