For my final project, i decided to do a digital painting again. I had a hard time getting the hang of photoshop the first time we used it in class, so I wanted to challenge myself and try to learn the program a little better. The original photo is on the left. I was going to just do the painting all the same colors at first, but then as I started working I realized that I didn’t like how it looked. I wanted the picture to be a little more bright and springy so I ended up using different shades of blue that looked nice together. The biggest obstacle I had was making the black lines look the way I wanted them. It was hard to make all the lines look neat. I was also going to put leaves in the picture like they were in the original, but when I stared to do it, I had a hard time making them look realistic. I also tried to make it look like the butterfly had landed on grass, but I didn’t like that either, so I ended up just making polka dots in the background. I think everything contrasts well. I really like how my project turned out. I feel like I was able to do a better job on this painting then I was able to do on my other digital painting.
For my animation I decided to make a bowling alley. I thought it would be really hard and complex, but it was more of really small steps and a few obstacles. The biggest problem I had was figuring out how to make the bowling ball look realistic. At first it was just to figure out how to make it look 3-D and then after I figured out how to do it, I had the make the ball get smaller and smaller as it rolled down the lane. To fix the 3-D issue, I used a gradient and made the ball look brighter near one surface of the ball. To make the ball gradually get smaller, I added more keyframes in and just made the ball a little smaller at each keyframe. Making the bowling pins go flying was pretty simple because I just added a rotation to them. Overall, I am happy with the outcome of my project.
On Wednesday you will have a chance to speak with professional artist, Ryan Mott. He has created work for large companies like Best Buy, Kodak, and Kraft Foods. He will be sharing information about his college major(s), career path, and experience working as a professional artist. Please think of a few questions you could ask him (about his work, career, or favorite video game). Below I have posted some examples of his recent work.
Three sites to look for inspiration:
How to get started:
- Bring in a package that you would like to REMIX or REDESIGN
- Sketch an idea that shows composition
- You may use Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign
WARNING: If you use Photoshop it MUST be 300 dpi and 100%
If you do not know what that means… ASK
- Start working!
- Due April 11th
Vote by Friday March 15th for your top three favorite designs … http://www.rit.edu/imagine/posters/2013/
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?
My original idea for this project was to have the pictures look like a staircase going from the right to the left of the postcard. As i worked on it, i changed my idea because i found that i couldn’t fit everything on the postcard in a way that it wouldn’t look too busy. I think the end result turned out how i wanted it to. I like how simple, but colorful it turned out.