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.
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.
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.