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.
– 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!