Photoshop Paintings Two

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For this post I have worked on a couple more Photoshop paintings. I love starting with a blank page and then just adding colour, paint strokes, layer effects, a photograph, 3D, filter effects and imagination. It’s like magic when the final piece is staring you in the face. These projects can take 5 minutes or 5 hours depending on how complicated you want to make it or how imaginative you have at the time. I love it. It’s almost like therapy. Here are two pieces I just completed.


For the project on the right I chose a base colour of burgundy and worked from there. If you want to try to make something like this yourself, I’ve put together a short description of how it was done. Of course while going through it you could change the base colour to what ever tickles your fancy and use different brushes and so on. I’m sure you’ll come up with something just as beautiful as this. Start with opening Photoshop to a new canvas. I made mine letter size, it makes it easier for printing since most papers come in that size. Here is how I did the rest:  http://youtu.be/V98C47VmLi0

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Once Upon a Time

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I have decided to illustrate & write a fairy book. I have a loose story line and have started the drawings and even started working on the style of painting I’m going to use for each illustration. But today I’m going to work on something equally as important as the former parts. When doing this type of project you have to decide on what kind of feel you want to show through the use of fonts. I would like to share with you my process in choosing these fonts.

First I go through hundreds of fonts on my computer, cd’s & the internet. I take one phrase from what I am working on and type it out in Illustrator (you can use whatever program suits you) then start applying different fonts. Here is what I finally came up with.
Next I take these fonts and play around with them, combining different styles, choosing colours for the font and the background. All in all, for me this can take up an entire day. Here is what I came up with.

I know I will go over these again and again until I make them exactly what I want but this is a good start.

This could be a fun project for you. Take a poem or a phrase you really like, search out fonts, choose the font or fonts you want to use, then arrange them how you want to and make a book mark or something you can frame and put on the wall. Have fun with it. I know I do every time I am given the challenge.

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Drawing to Painting…Finished at last

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Well I finally finished the painting. Although I must admit it was mostly finished when I put up the last post, but I needed to do some finishing touches which was why I didn’t upload the whole project last time.

I used mainly Acrylic paints, black charcoal for the shadowed areas and black art pen for the fine lines. Hope you like it. Let me know what you think. Enjoy!

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Something of My Own…drawing to painting

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Well I’m going to show you something of my own once again. I have once again done a project and documented it with photos from beginning to end.

I started with an old tray I was given a very long time ago. It seriously needed a make-over after so many years of use. So I’ve taken that tray to re-finish it with a new painting. My inspiration is one of those wooden place mats you can get with a painting already on it. You know, the ones where they’ve painted things you find in the kitchen like vinegar bottles, oil bottles, fruit, etc.

In my first post I’ll take you from the original tray to the drawing on the tray.

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Canadian Artist of the Month…Theresa Young

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This month I have chosen a very different type of artist. Her name is Theresa Young. She seems to combine two different styles using realistic yet very contemporary, with vibrant colours and an ethereal feeling.  I love the flow of her lines and the beautiful detail of the end results. In the samples I’ve chosen you will also see some black and white pieces that I love for their intricate lines and realistic faces. But enough about how I feel, here is a short bio of the artist.

Theresa Young started painted in oils at the age of eight and sold pastel and charcoal portraits from the age of fourteen.  She later took private art lessons with two professional artists on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.  These lessons resulted in her  mature style which integrated both approaches into itself in different ways.  Other artists that influenced Theresa are H.R. Giger, Salvador Dali and Gervasio Gallardo.

For a more in-depth bio and more fabulous pieces of art visit Theresa’s website http://www.teresa-young.net/.

Here are just a few samples of her work. Enjoy!

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