September 23, 2017

Drawing Short Hair Hairstyles + Free PSD file!

Hi! :)  I recorded this painting short hair hairstyles type of thing and I'm releasing for free the PSD file with all the layers of the process on my Gumroad page!

Here's the link if you're interested:

And of course, you have the video timelapse available to watch!

Hope you enjoy!

September 20, 2017

A Cupcake Store | digital painting timelapse

Hello! With this digital painting timelapse I was first going to paint a themed character with cupcakes as inspiration. However, it progressed to a bigger idea - a cupcake store with a bit of an unsettling feel given by the cashier. It was super fun to make this one and it took way more time than it should :p 

Hope you like it :)

September 13, 2017

[Semi Realistic] Rose Quartz - Steven Universe (digital painting timelapse)

Here's my take on making a semi realistic version artwork of Rose Quartz from Steven Universe! Had a really fun time with this one.

You can see the painting here:

September 10, 2017

Back to School | Digital Painting Timelapse

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For this week's digital painting timelapse, I worked on drawing a body instead of sticking to just a portrait structure size (head to chest). I've been getting more into anatomy because I want my pieces to feel more dynamic in their poses.

I also made an extra step in this painting - the parallax effect on my digital artwork. I learned it this week and it's so easy and looks so cool! It's like the painting comes alive.

My inspiration this week was the going back to school theme which hits home to millions of people right now. Thankfully I'm already done with school and I finally have my degree, so I'm free now school wise!

I hope you enjoy this video and that you stay around for more in the future!

September 6, 2017

Digital Painting Step By Step Process +Commentary! - "At Sunset"

Hey everyone! What have you been up to lately?

I personally have been inspired a lot by other artists on DevianArt. Lately I've been drooling over the digital drawing and painting techniques and polished pieces by Sakimichan. I've known her work for many years, but only lately I've been looking at it in a different way - as in aspiring to look forward to achieve  the same results one day.

And as a consequence of being inspired I started to doodle some things and experimenting with tools that I usually don't use. I ended up so caught up in it that I spent hours and hours on it. As it was supposed to be an experiment I didn't record the process, so I thought I could share step by steps of it along with some comments and thoughts!

1. Sketch

My sketches are usually really rough. I usually like to go straight to color blocking and work my way from there, but it's always useful to have some guiding lines. Also, I sometimes refrain from sketching because I don't have a clear idea of what I want to paint - and even when I do, it's common for me to alter the initial concept due to new ideas coming up.
Here I was initially going with a princess-like character with flowers around her and nature as a background. But soon what I had pictured in mind took off into another direction!

2. Color Blocking

At this point I start to lay out the colors I want to see on this piece as well as some shy shading colours and lights. For some reason I always fall into the purple/pink/blue color combo trap! These colors are my favorite to put together, so I often use them as my main colors.

3. Initial Refinements

Here I start to paint on top of my sketch layer. I try to give the tree trunk a wooden feel and appearance to it by alternating the light and dark brown lines and color dodging on the side to give the sensation of the end of the day approaching. 
The dress has already some deep shadows on and the face features are refined.

4. First Drastic Changes

Making changes can be a hard decision when you've already put effort into something. It can be worth it if you go through it though! I was unhappy with her expression and a simple smile/lips alteration in shape and color was all it took to give a friendlier and warmer look to her face.
The dress I painted her on before didn't feel too princess-like so I changed it into more of a fantasy-ish style.
When it comes to her hair, you can see that I changed it from its initial shape and I start to add hair strands to give the illusion of actual hair.

5. Starting to Look Put Together

Here is when things finally start to look put together! Starting with the dress, I changed the colors to a blue-ish grey muted tone by using color and overlay blending layers and then gave it a voluptuous shape at the bottom.
Volume was also added to the hair along with different blonde tones. This romantic hairstyle gave her a very mellow look which I really liked.
The anatomy was also fixed (shoulders, waist, chin and nose). Now her face features also have some highlights and the skin colour looks more realistic by shifting her midtones to a rosy hue - this was achieved by using the color balance option.

Fun fact: at this point I was painting this giant tall tree behind her and I was thinking that it would be  really cool to have this long vertical painting. But then it looked a bit off having the tree take so much attention from the character when zoomed away. So I erased it and augmented her size instead. One day I will explore that option again in another piece!


6. Working on the Background

I decided that this painting would be set at sunset so i painted the background's sky accordingly. With a layer set on multiply I put a shadowy area at the bottom of her dress and around it to give the image more depth.
I was experimenting with some things coming down from the tree and this is what I came up with - some little flowers that lighten up which are a great excuse to use some reflected light on the character thus making her belong even more to the scene.

7. Effects and Final Results

At this point all I did was enhancing what was already there. I used color balance, layer blending modes set to overlay, soft light and multiply for shadows, lights and atmosphere, chromatic aberration and gaussian blur around the character. And 4 hours later or so I am done!

It's been a little bit more over a year since I started digital painting (at first with a mouse!) and it's seriously one of the best things I could have gotten myself into. It's so freeing and fun to explore options and your imaginary to translate it into an image. I'm still just a beginner and I know that there is still a long way to go. 

If you want to keep updated for more things to come, please stay around!

See you sunday with my newest digital painting timelapse video! :)

In the meantime, you can find me on Youtube | DevianArt | Instagram | Tumblr 

- starlingsnow
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