Please have yourself a safe and merry holiday! I’ll see you next year!
When Life Gives You Lemons (Snowman Humor)
When life gives you lemons, you can certainly make lemonade or any other type of beverage you like this holiday season. Challenges can come in all shapes and forms but how you handle them will enlighten you and provide you with growth so face them head on! As artists, there are lots of challenges to face such as time, subject matter, and inspiration to name a few.
Time can be found through planning. I plan to give myself at least of a few hours to draw each day after coming home from a busy work day. It’s not written anywhere or put into my phone calendar so that I don’t feel stressed about it if I don’t. Planning balanced with flexibility allows for better expectations.
Subject matter is not as much of a challenge as it used to be thanks to some of the YouTuber’s out there who provide lots of ways of overcoming blank page syndrome. I still might spend a few minutes envisioning what I want to draw but after a few brush strokes, I’m off.
Inspiration to draw something that takes work. When you love to draw, it can come easier than those who don’t draw often. The best inspiration comes to me from watching what happens around me and then just asking, “Hey, what if?” The snowman image I came up with was inspired by talking to my kids about all the funny things that could happen to a snowman. The rest was easy after that. I have to keep a notebook sometimes to keep track of the funny things they come up with.
Below are some process pics for you to see. I designed this piece using Clip Studio Paint and Photoshop. Clip Studio Paint was used to make the design and Photoshop was used to make the snow fall as I did in my recent post.
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Season’s Greetings From the Mountain Snowman
Season’s Greetings to all of my fans out there. Thanks so much for your comments and support to my page and my designs. This week I incorporated some Photoshop video integration to create the .GIF File you see below. The layered technology of Photoshop made it extremely easy to build. The stock was available here.
The Design Process
This design was painted using brushes I purchased from @TrentKaniuga located from his store at Trent Kaniuga (gumroad.com) . The entire design took about four hours all together. Using separate layers I was able to create the illusion of depth by making adjustments to contrast and brightness. A nice glow layer with the brightness turned all the way up was used for the fine highlights. I think this added a nice haunted appeal to the whole piece overall.
Most of my time was spent blending the colors together until I found a nice selection. By keeping the color selection simple, I reduced the complexity of the shading process. Had there been more colors, there would have been more to balance….and it would have taken a lot longer I’m sure to get the desired results.
The simple red scarf provides just enough of an added focal point since that’s the only other color there really. It makes the eyes jump to it and then over to the moon.
What Do You Think?
I’d really like to see your comments and questions. If there is something you’d like me to create, drop a comment and let me know. I’d love the challenge. By the way, I am very new to Photoshop. I’ve used Clip Studio Paint forever but it never hurts to learn something new. Another shout out to all the artists who create YouTube videos because that’s how I learn the best!
Until next time….Good night!
My Photoshop Training exercise is inspired by the Christmas Holiday. This week’s subject is Santa and his favorite reindeer, Rudolf. I used a screen layer to make Rudolf’s nose appear to be shining light while also allowing for the images underneath to sho https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/64347369?asc=u
My Photoshop Training exercise is inspired by the Christmas Holiday. This week’s subject is Santa and his favorite reindeer, Rudolf. I used a screen layer to make Rudolf’s nose appear to be shining light while also allowing for the images underneath to show through bathed in a soft red light. Certainly helpful when the weather gets bad over in the North Pole.
I have spent the latter part of the last two weeks learning to use Photoshop as well as I use Clip Studio Paint. A shout out to all of the YouTubers who post tutorials and who sell brushes online. It’s great that there are so many talented artists out their who share their techniques and provide inspiration.
The line art I used is below. I drew / inked the design directly into Photoshop. I used some pictures of reindeer as reference but wanted to keep a more comic style appearance since it is Rudolf after all. The line art took me three days to perfect. I changed my mind on some of the details in the design a bit.
The line art was drawn directly into Photoshop. I tend to work completely electronically.
Flats were a lot of fun to do. I enjoyed color picking and bringing life to the design. I used the flats layer to add some additional textures to. Of note, it’s a good practice to keep these elements on separate layers so you don’t have to make a lot of extra changes should you want to change the colors. By keeping the flats simple, you get a good base line to have more fun with when you get to highlights and shading.
Extra details were added into my flats along with some shading so that I could better visualize the overall design.
Christmas Fireplace Warmth is sure to warm your heart as the temperature gets colder outside. Hanging Christmas stockings lovingly placed over the fireplace along with just enough decorations creates a warm and inviting mood. This holiday design works with many gifts you may have in store for your loved ones and is available here.