Blending Modes
Blending Modes
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Blending Modes

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Blending Modes

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Try experimenting with some of the blending modes I showed you in this lesson and see what they can do!

 You could colorize a grayscale painting from the previous assignment, or start a new painting and use blending modes to speed up your process. This is a good time to experiment and get a feel for the blending modes that work best for you.

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Julie Bille
First try playing around colorising with blending modes in Procreate
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Karen Walter
I had some bad luck with this one. I had one idea of what i wanted to do but it wasnt coming together so I scrapped that. which was about a weeks worth work. Then i switched to a different idea since i thought i could do better with it, which is what i posted. But after working on it for a almost a month the file got corrupted when I got a random power surge. So I had to completely restart. so another few weeks worth of work I got it done finally. I know there are issues with it but I think its time to move on and work on the other assignments before i fall too behind. Maybe I'll come back to it and fix it up. But I did get plenty of time to play around with layer modes :p
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myccal
So this is my second piece for the assignment. This is a spell caster image I created for the assignment. I worked in layers and used the different blending modes for the highlights, shadows, magic, etc… I love how quickly you can change colors and tweak things when the layers all work together. I used the hue and saturation on the color layers and pretty quickly came up with a few different looks.
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Ale Miranda
Here's my attempt at the assignment! I used a grayscale study that I had done before as a base to work with.
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myccal
I’m working in procreate so some things are slightly different. Some of the names are changed, but the concepts are the same. I decided to try coloring one of my grayscale paintings using multiple layers and different blending modes. This is a screenshot of some of the layers. I need to get better at labeling and organizing as I go. But this is cool stuff.
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Tsotne Shonia
This assignment popped up while I was working on a painting trying to sum up everything I learned about art in the past 3 years, so I decided to "merge" both. I did a new painting in greyscale, and using blending modes to color it. I also used blending modes for painting, adjustments, adding a few textures and the effects on the blade. - Textures were added (on the bridge and trees) using overlay - Colors were added with gradient maps with the color blending mode - The effects on the blade were added using the technique Jon showed with Linear Dodge (layer + brush in the mode) - Some details were added using either overlay, multiply or screen (mostly where they had to be used on top of something that had already some shading) This took me 4 weeks and was draining but I'm proud of the result. Altough a lot of the time was "lost" on trying to understand the details of the character, Sekiro. (a lot of small details overlap each other). I also learned a lot by making "bad" decisions during the process and understanding their consequences, which I hope will speed me up for the next paintings. I am posting the finished painting, the "refined" sketch, and the WIP right before I started coloring.
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Tsotne Shonia
I wanted to also include the reference that I used for the pose and lighting so here it is. It is an amazing photo from Sachith Ravishka Kodikara, found on Pexels. I also used a lot more references for the design of the character (and centipede and bridge) to stay accurate, but I don't think it's relevent to post them and don't even know if I have the rights to do it anyways. Should anyone want to check it out, it's (as I mentioned) Sekiro.
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Holly Laing
Here’s what I came up with for my blending modes assignment. I had to paint a futuristic bar scene for a comic page I’m working on, so I figured it would be a good opportunity to test out some of the techniques from the lesson. I tried to use the same blending modes as the assignment demo in a similar order. (multiply, overlay, lighten, screen and linear dodge). I also used a metal texture (set to color dodge) to highlight the bar counter which will be the focal point of the panel once the characters/objects are added in.  Im still having a bit of a hard time with my painting looking a bit too digital vs more painterly, but I found that the lighten and screen modes really helped give the image more depth and realism. Thank you for another great lesson! :)
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Nicole Drews
I've been doing Still Life studies of random things on my desk in-between assignments so this is one I was working on when this assignment came out. I ended up just setting my brush to Saturation mode for the chapstick after painting it cause it was looking kinda muddy due to it being too desaturated. And I also set my brush to Colour mode at the end of the painting for the hand sanny to add some yellow for the light-source that was hitting it For the actual attempt I ended up colourising my Greyscale Layers Assignment of the Shaman, or whatever you wanna call it. I grouped my greyscale painting layers and then made another group above that using layers set to Overlay to colour it. I ended up not liking this technique, it didn't feel very intuitive and was kinda messy so I'm gonna try doing it a different way next. I do like the method of going from greyscale to colour though since I'm using to pencil drawings and have very little experience with colour. I just need to find a way to make it look less like a colourised greyscale painting though
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Nicole Drews
Alright, here's technique #2. This method went a lot smoother, I just duplicated the greyscale painting group with all it's layers and set my brush mode to 'Colour' and locked the transparency for each layer which made it a lot easier and quicker, and then I just painted normally to add a few more details once the colours were established I'll try out some of the more complicated blending modes in future paintings. For now I just kept it simple so I wouldn't get overwhelmed with learning too much at once
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onigi *pronunce [on-ie-gee]*
I used Overlay to put colors, and chose Darken and Multiply to adjust the darkness and the reflected light of shadows. I also tried to draw patterns around bumps on the skin with the Dissolve mode, but I didn't get the result I originally expected. I've been enjoying the course so far. It helps me a lot!
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