Digital Painting – learning the new medium ^^

So maybe since a couple of years back, I have a need to paint serious landscape paintings (usually ocean-centric, since my client is an Ocean themed magazine in Japan), and so I’ve been periodically painting digitally.

It’s definitely fun, and yes, I’ve tried painting samurai’s and things (like my usual ink/watercolor stuff), but for those, I have a certain weird expectation of how the lines should look (like real/natural brush lines…) and that disconnect is always a bit jarring. weird. I know >< I still don’t want to give up though! I can probably find some sort of middle ground style for digital figure paintings eventually.

 

But! For now, I’m focused on learning how to paint these landscape-ish paintings, and here is a process for an image I did around a year or two ago. I’m still learning mind you, so you might find it a bit frustrating.. haha

All in all, it’s always the same, start rough until you know where all the elements will fall, then start tightening the details. I usually avoid details until the end, so I don’t get bummed out from making a major change to, or erasing where I spent lots of time detailing. That would suck…^^

 

1- SKETCHING

2. Developing the sketch a bit

3. Adding in some elements to experiment

4. A bit more details

5. Changing minds about things

6. More details, and adding some living elements so the image doesn’t look too lifeless

7. More details and some new thoughts about the sky at the top (seems like I had a hard time deciding what to do above water…^^)

8. Developing the above water areas

9. Final result: small minor tweaks of color and light to make sure it looks good printed. That part is hard, and I’m not sure how that works yet…

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