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DOUSSE Color Your Artwork Using Actions in Photoshop Photoshop actions can make lots of tasks easier; from batch processing to handling simple, every day tasks. Actions can seriously improve your workflow. In today's quick tip we will demonstrate how to use actions to help color your artwork. Introduction I must to tell you, I'm a lazy person and I always want to reduce the amount of extra work I have to do, even if it's just one more click. Step 1 To start things off, I scanned one of my drawings and opened it in Photoshop. Adjust the image a little with levels to get cleaner lines. Create two new layers under the sketch layer, fill the lowest layer with white. Now fill it with basic colors. Step 2 Here comes our first action. You get new action pop up, now let’s give it a name - Color fill, and most important thing: choose F9 in Function Key drop down. Pick Magic Wand Tool (W) and click to choose empty area inside painted edges. Now press Alt + Backspace/Delete to fill selection with foreground color. Step 3 Now draw more details. Conclusion

PETE Tadahiro Uesugi The strange thing about Tadahiro Uesugi is the amount of people who have never heard of him… His work (and there is lots and lots of it!) has appeared in high profile magazines like Vogue and Cosmopolitan, on book covers, CD’s and what not. But still, whenever I mention the name to some one, they often get a puzzled look on their face. Usually the frown disappears the minute they see the work itself… Uesugi is a master of mood and light. When his scenes are not set in Japan, they often depict a sunny afternoon in some stylish European city, somewhere in the 50’s or 60’s. Visit the site of Tadahiro Uesugi if you want to spend some time looking through the staggering amount of beautiful illustrations you can find there.

Ambient Occlusion Painting Tutorial, sorta Newest Update: I made a new video tutorial about How to Paint Ambient Occlusion for Digital Painting. You can download it here: Ambient Occlusion Tutorial It's affordable and very cheap! ;) Hey guys! Why Ambient Occlusion or AO painting? 1. I sketch it in photoshop. 2. So, I started with blocking the character with light grey color, and in that light grey, I painted the shadow. 3. Okay, here is the tricky part. Make your painting looks almost like a 3d sculpt in this process. 4. So, when you satisfied with your shadow and AO layers, you may proceed to the next level which is awesome. 5. Actually this process could be done before you start the shadowing. 6. As you see, the painting would looks flat, so you should add more color temperature on each of your colors. 7. Here is the final Image. 8. This method is fun and really technical. You can ask me anything about this tutorial, I'll gladly answer it :)

theconceptartblog Sunmin Inn Portfolio 2010 » May Writing in her blog on the Telegraph in an article titled Why preserve Van Gogh’s palette?, Lucy Davies points to some of the considerations for artists learning from the palettes of the masters, both in choice and arrangement of colors. Those fascinated by the techniques of the great painters would benefit from understanding their palettes. I always find instructional videos exasperating when they ignore color mixing and act as though the brush is always magically loaded with the the proper color, with little thought or work on the part of the artist. There has, of course, been an effort to preserve the palettes of master artists when possible, even if only as historic artifacts. If you look around, you can find other photos of famous artists’ palettes, as well as much verbal discussion and listing of the colors used by individual artists, including those of Delacroix, Whistler, Vermeer, Degas and Monet. [Via Neatorama]

Costume Design in Animation - Disney's Frozen - Tyranny of Style When you think of a Disney animated film, spectacular costume design might not be the first thought that crosses your mind, but all that has changed with the recent release of Frozen. The costumes of the main characters capture a true sense of depth and believability that is absolutely remarkable for the genre. Frozen Art Director Mike Giaimo describes the film as “the most elaborate costume-animated CG film to date.” Giaimo brought on designer Jean Gillmore to help him create the look he was after, which he describes as both “sumptuous” and “iconic.” Tyranny of Style: Can you tell us a little bit about the difference between character and costume design for animation, how it has evolved over the years, and how you found yourself in this niche? Jean Gillmore: “‘Traditional’ animation did indeed handle the character costume design as an integral part of the cartoon graphic, and no distinction was made. Frozen, Elsa, early concept art. Frozen, Elsa, concept art. Frozen, Elsa. Frozen, Anna.

Turine TRAN's portfolio The Original Star Wars Concept Art Is Amazing Rupert Bear - A Weird But Compelling Childhhod Icon Courtesy of Phil Rushton here are some pages from the 1956 Rupert Annual. This is a particularly beautiful example of Alfred Bestall's work. Bestall had inherited the little bear from it's creator Mary Tourtel in 1935, when Tourtel's eyesight started to fail. Bestall was initially taken on a six week trial basis and had to follow the template established by Tourtel as closely as possible. But as time went on he developed the strip into a work of real beauty that easily eclipsed the work of his predecessor. By the time that this annual appeared Bestall was into his sixties and still working for a relatively modest wage. Bestall eventually retired from the strip in 1965 but his work is rightly regarded as being the definitive incarnation of Rupert Bear, whose dream like adventures were counterbalanced by a very English middle class gentility. But enough of my waffle, here are some of those pages and one of my favorite ever endpapers from any Rupert annual.

Disney maquette sculptures by artist Kent Melton Illustrators, Illustrators' Agents, Illustration Agency, Art Rep, Artists' Representatives, London, New York, Shianghai, Paris, Hamburg, Singapore,-