Holly Laing
Holly Laing
Creator of the sci-fi webcomic Terra and Digital Artist.
Holly Laing
Here's my assignment!  I painted this scene of the northern lights in order to utilize some of the custom brushes I made in one of the previous lessons. I mainly used normal layers with a couple linear dodge and overlay layers here and there, I also separated the foreground from the background and added a gradient map at the end (set to soft light) to make the colors stand out a bit more. I had a difficult time painting the rocky textures, so the image came out a bit more cartoony than I might have liked, but overall I'm pretty happy with it. :)  I attached the reference image to this post as well. Thanks for another great lesson, I'm also definitely going to invest in that perspective plugin, it looks super helpful. 
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Here's my assignment! I decided to paint the shaman reference in grayscale to colorize it.  I started by merging the grayscale image to 1 layer, set it to soft light and proceeded to paint the base colors underneath it using normal blending modes.  Next, I created more layers on top using overlay, linear dodge and multiply to add in some extra shadows and highlights (I also used a hue/saturation adjustment layer set to red with a layer mask to paint in the blood).  After that, I used several adjustment layers to tweak the colours and values (mainly hue/saturation, color balance and levels).  Finally, I added one last layer set to normal to add in any extra detail and cleanup the overall image.  I had a lot of fun with this assignment, I haven't had much luck painting over grayscale in the past, but using the right blending modes and adjustment layers really helped the process along. :) 
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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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Here are my assignments for the upper back muscles. Any feedback would be much appreciated.   Great lessons as always! :) 
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Here's my assignment! :) I chose to paint a screenshot from the film Suspiria. I ended up using quite a few layers to get the desired effect (mostly using normal, multiply, overlay and soft light blending modes). I separated the figure from the background and decided to add colour to the final image (given how colourful the movie is, I couldn't resist). I also used clipping masks in addition to layer masks to help keep the foreground separate from the background.  I have a tendency to be fairly disorganized with my layer structure, so it was good to make a point of labelling and sorting everything. Thanks for another great lesson! :D
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Here's what I managed to come up with for the assignment. I picked the intermediate option since I really wanted to try drawing and shading fabric (I don't have a ton of experience drawing drapery from reference). I had a lot of fun painting this and would greatly appreciate any feedback. Thank you! :)
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Here's my first attempt at custom brushes, I made one set for painting a space scene and the other is meant for painting the northern lights. I struggled a bit with the northern lights brushes, I had to combine a couple of them to get the desired effect, but overall I'm relatively happy with how it turned out. I do think there's room for improvement with all of these, so any feedback would be greatly appreciated. :)
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Thank you for another great lesson! I admit that I tend to gravitate to the same few brushes most times, but learning all these different settings should really help mix things up. I also realized I have way too many brushes I never use cluttering up photoshop, time for some spring cleaning. :)
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Here are my quick sketches and the shading assignment for the lower back muscles. Any feedback is always appreciated! :)
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Here's my attempt at the shoulder muscles! Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. :)
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Hi everyone! Here's my take on the torso drawing. I followed along with Stan as best as I could and attempted to make the image look as if it had been illustrated with graphite (I painted it on photoshop with some textured brushes). Any feedback/critique would be awesome. Thanks in advance!
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