Mash-up: Where pencil meets pixels guides you through a fun and engaging digital art project where you will learn how to enhance your traditional art into a digital masterpiece that you can share with friends & family, your social media circles-everyone! Enrolling in this easy-to-follow class will inspire you to create a wide range of digital mixed-media pieces using stock photography, custom brushes, textured backgrounds and your own photos and artwork.
Using traditional art materials, a scanner and Photoshop, you will learn how to: · Develop a beginning to intermediate photoshop skillset by enrolling in an entertaining class project, not by reading a boring how-to manual
· Manipulate scanned images by adding color, texture and text using Photoshop · Emulate the look of oil, pastel or watercolor as it appears in traditional art, creating your own custom brushes in Photoshop, to give your art project a personalized look and feel. · Digitally compose your work using Photoshop layers, masks, clipping paths · Add “wow” to your work using various Photoshop effects and filters Whether you are a mixed-media artist, graphic designer, illustrator, photographer, or just love to be creative…Mash-up: Where pencil meets pixels is for you!
This video will give you a quick preview of what you will learn from this course. There are also some handy tips and tricks included to help you get the ball rolling quickly.
There are great advantages and great disadvantages to both traditional and digital media, and in this video I will explain how I have combined what I feel to are the best aspects of both approaches. I call it the Mashup Method.
Browse family photos or surf the internet to get ideas for your artwork. Hopefully viewing multiple images will spark in your imagination a scene or theme to your artwork. This step is important to start you in the right direction and to keep you on track.
For my project, I chose to fashion my work after a highly detailed rennaissance painting, but you don't have to do this. In fact I encourage you to follow the steps of the course, but the style of the work is up to you. Instead of trying to emulate a renaissance oil painting, for example, you could go for a silk screened look. I have attached examples of different art styles to give you ideas. Even though some of these examples were made way before photoshop was created, you will see how all of these pieces could have easily been created using the techniques you will learn in this class.
After you have found some fun photos for your project, clip out segments and paste them onto a blank white 8.5” x 11” document in Photoshop. Now print out that piece of paper and begin to sketch around the clipping. Go crazy! Add in an entire scene around the clipping, or, sketch out an idea first, scan it in and place a clipping in your sketch in Photoshop.
If you are new to Photoshop, this is a great way for you to learn the basics while having a lot of fun. If you are already skilled in Photoshop, you might still consider watching this video, for it is here I call out the specific tools I use for this project and why I use them.
Class project part 1. In this video we will start with a raw scan of our concept art, and you will see how to digitize your sketch in it's very early stages.
In this video we will start adding color and texture to the piece. We will also learn how layer modes work, and how they quickly change the appearance of your work.
In this video I show you how I use the smudge tool and brush blending modes to give the work a painterly look.
In this segment I will show you my method for defining forms by adding in bright highlights and deep shadows. I will also give some pointers on how to create depth to your work.
Many art teachers recommend that you decide on a color scheme in the early stages of your piece and stick with it. In the digital world, however, it is so easy to experiment with colors rapidly and in a non-desctructive manner, that I recommend doing things a bit differently. Get a basic color pallete going for starters, but try to keep your work in layers initially. From here, I encourage you to use the image-adjust-hue and saturation sliders and experiment with different color schemes throughout your class project. You will see me do this many times in the course videos. Personally, I just experiment with colors until I get a result I like and leave all the theories behind.
Class project - we're half way to completing our masterpiece!
I am starting to add fine detail and subtle shadows at this point.
I want my portrait to have a magical fantasy feel to it, so I will add in this magical pipe smoke that will swirl around the subject. I will walk you through my technique for making convincing smoke effects. I will also show you how to create a custom brush.
Putting my new brush presets to work!
It will really improve your work if you periodically lighten up your work artwork in Photoshop, print it out, draw over the print out rescan it. You will discover that switching back and forth from the pencil to Photoshop is a very effective rendering technique.
In this final video we will add in some super fine details and finalize the work.
Finalizing the piece and resources
I have been working as a traditional artist up until the late 90’s where I began experimenting with digital art and photography. Now my work is a fusion of all these elements. Since 1998, I have worked as a full time graphic designer and illustrator. In my career, I have created designs for Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Microsoft, The Venetian Hotel and Resort of Las Vegas and many more. In my capacity as a graphic designer, I have had package and signage designs placed in REI, Costco, Walmart, Sports Authority and many others. Additionally, I have designed for a wide variety of industries from apparel, food and beverage, and home décor.
I live in Seattle, WA with my best buddy Cash AKA “The Dapper Tom Around Town”