I used one of my pasted photos to make this digital painting. The photo was taken about 2 years ago on campus. I simply opened the photo in photoshop, the made a new blank layer. I then made the photo clear and started working on it using the brush tool. I made sure to grab the same color of the flower so that it would look similar to the actual thing. I didn’t want the back ground to look plain so I put grey streaks to make it look a little better.
This picture I took for the middle school students. I like painting and I had been used the photoshop for a little while. I think that photoshop is really different compare to use the real paint and paint brush. Its easier to change the color and redo, its change so easily. But is also hard in another side, that you can not really have a brush to just draw on the paper. For me the most hard part is to paint the detail.
My favorite part is her coat, the color and everything looks so realistic. I would like to change the color of her face a little bit.
At first it didn’t look like much because I would paint one part at a time, but once I got and entire area done then it really started to look like the picture. It has been a long time since the last time I painted a picture, but I don’t think they are the same. With the sketchpad and the pen you can have any color you want without having to rinse out a color. On the computer if you make a mistake you can just erase it and try again, but with a canvas and paintbrush you can’t do that. I think having the picture as a template was very nice because I had a guide so I knew what I was doing. It was hard to get used to the sketchpad but after you’ve used for a while it gets easier, (I actually enjoy using it now). I think my favorite part was seeing the finished product because it looks amazing. If I had used a canvas and paintbrush it would not have looked as great. If I could change something I think it would be the quality. The finished product is nice, but there are some areas where the painting quality is wonky. Other than that I really like the colors and how it turned out.
I took this photo in the autumn last year which is in 2012, and i took placed in the countryside. I even could feel and almost could smell that golden autumn in the air. And as what grandma always tell in the story during that glory little tale age. Mr. Fox will walk into your dream while you’re drooling.
As I continued to work on my painting, a few things changed. My original picture was of a whole bowl of salad, but I soon realized that it was way too much to paint, so I zoomed in on a small part of the salad. Also, I planned on making the pieces of lettuce contrast a lot (even though they are similar colors), but in the end the salad pieces are all almost the same colors and I just put a dark green background to fill the extra spaces.
I did art class from seventh to ninth grade at my old school and we did a lot of painting in it. Making the digital painting was quite different from painting in real life because if I made a mistake on an actual painting I had to go over it but I wasn’t able to actually undo the mistake like on Photoshop. I think that it was easier to do an actual painting because it wasn’t as complicated as Photoshop because there weren’t a ton of tools to use and stuff like that. It is also easier to blend colors in a real painting.
My favorite part of the digital salad painting is the peppers because they really stand out from the rest of the picture, and I like how it is easy to tell that the the whitish glint on the lower red pepper is a glint.
If I could go back, I would probably make the crouton look better and the big red pepper not as swirly because those are the two parts that look the least realistic to me.
I took this picture after I took a little bit of a detour off of the school’s nature trail I took a picture of a bulldozer, after painting for a little while I decided to make the trees the center of attention in my painting, after painting more I decided to cut the bulldozer out completely.
So this is my cat.
Originally this was just a picture of my cat laying on the couch looking majestic as per usual.
I started off with the face. I never made it all a solid color and then added on, i did every block of color at the same time and then blended it with the rest of the pieces. After I did all the different blocks of color, i went back and did the eye, the white patch, and the whiskers. Then after that I did the background and the couch. it didnt really change as i went around, but it ended up a lot blockier than id originally hoped.
I have a lot of experience with painting on paper which i think helped with the actual shaping and the layering. However it didnt help at all with the blending or really anything else. the tablet really threw me off at first because i dont have very good hand eye coordination. But in the end i did finish the piece and it was amazing and yeah.
my favorite part is his eye. it was a lot of fun to paint because its made up of three layers and many many colors but youd never be able to tell.
id probably change his front paws if i could because they arent very distinct.
As I was painting this, my idea changed for how I wanted it to look. At first, I used the eye dropper tool to find the exact color for every part, but then as I was looking at it, I noticed that none of the colors were really going well together. To fix this, I started to follow a pattern with the colors so that all of the colors went together.
I have painted in real life in previous art classes and on pottery. I liked virtually painting a lot better than painting with real paint. It was easier to paint virtually, because you can zoom into the picture more than you can in real life. It’s also easier because the paint on the computer isn’t runny and messy. Virtually painting was a little harder in the sense that when you zoom in too far, you cant see the picture well.
My favorite part of this picture would have to be the bottom of the balloon leading down to the basket. This is my favorite part because it looks so realistic and neat.
If I could go back and change anything, I would change the background. I would maybe make the background a little more detailed. I wanted to show a few clouds in the background, but I couldn’t figure out how to make it look as realistic as it did in the original photo.
This is a digital painting of Kieley (aka kmilliman16).
At first, for most of the areas, I colored in blocks of solid color, then added shading (darker and lighter colors in different opacities). But for the skin (and dont ask me why I did this because I don’t know) I just started out without the solid color and started at a low opacity.
My previous experience with painting with real paper and paint, although I have little, definitely helped me here, as did my experience with pencil and paper. It was easier to get the right colors, but I was frustrated that I couldn’t make the opacity just right in order to make the shading smoother.
My favorite part would have to be the eyes. I like how sharp the eyeliner is, and the light on her eyes make them pop. The shading on the eyelids was fun, too. But, if I could go back and change one thing, it would be the hair. That was probably the most difficult part.
(PS. The background is based on Tali’Zorah’s suit hood design (for those who play Mass Effect.))
Digital Painting Assignment
- Select a digital image (that you own the rights to or have taken)
- Open your image in Photoshop
- Create a new layer to start painting on
- Use the eyedropper to select colors
- Use the tablet and the paintbrush tool to paint the image
To turn in the piece submit a new post to wordpress and answer the following questions…
- How did the image evolve as you painted it?
- What experience do you have painting in real life (not virtually)? How did this compare to using paint and paint brushes? What was easier? What was harder?
- What is your favorite part? Why?
- What would you change if you could go back? Why?