Digital Painting Technique: Creating Tonal Value Through Brushes (w/ Worksheet)
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Today I'm going to show you another digital painting technique, which can be a whole lot easier if you're using a Wacom pen and tablet. I learned this from Matt Kohr's videos-- the mix of hard brush and soft brush eraser to achieve a transition effect of lights and shadows.
Difficulty: Easy for Wacom pen and tablet users / moderate for mouse users.
Things you'll need: A reference material for study, Adobe Photoshop, basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.
Some very important terms I might be using:
1. value = or tonal value, is one of the elements in art especially in drawings and paintings. It simply means the lightness and darkness of color in an area or object. Understanding the correct positioning of value (lightness and darkness) in your piece can be really helpful in producing a visually appealing artwork.
2. study- not an artwork, but an output by an artist studying a certain subject. In this tutorial, we will produce a "study" about the digital painting technique called the mix of hard brush and soft brush eraser.
Okay, so this is just a study, I will not show you HOW to do a specific artwork, but I'll show you the function of these two important elements in digital painting= the hard brush, and the soft brush eraser. The mix of these two helps a lot in creating value, especially in Photoshop.
Keep in mind the understanding tonal value is very important, as it will not only make your output look realistic, but it also adds to the overall appeal of your artwork. As what I've said in the previous tutorials I made, IN ALMOST ANY DIGITAL MEDIUM, COMPLETE UNDERSTANDING OF THE BASIC TRADITIONAL ART IS VERY IMPORTANT. Photoshop will only make it efficient for you to create an artwork, but your knowledge of traditional art is still, very very important. Unfortunately, most graphic designers and artists these days neglect that.
So # 1: Get a reference material around the net, set it to grayscale (to understand where the light and shadows are coming from) and create a linework for that reference.
It's pretty obvious that you are not going to trace the tonal value, but rather you'll observe where the lights and shadows are coming from, and from your reference at the left, you'll execute your observation at the linework at the right. More practice of this makes you more of a keen observer, which is just one of the important aspects of an artist.
#2. Trace the appropriate color/ hue at the color palette, and use a HARD BRUSH while painting your linework.
I used a hard brush while painting my observation at the left, but if you will look really closely, there is an opacity level at the area where I painted. For this, you have to lower your opacity and flow to any desirable effect you want as to how you perceive your reference at the left.
#3: Use an eraser, but set it to soft round edges. Click on the Eraser> then set it to soft round edge. What is a soft round edge brush? It's a kind of brush with fuzzy edges.
Notice the transition especially sa bandang jaw (panga)
Take note that in coloring your reference, we used a HARD ROUND BRUSH, and in toning down the brush, we used an ERASER with a SOFT ROUND EDGE. The mix of these two creates = tonal value.
My quick study: Hehehehe! Ako na ang tamad =)
I hope I was able to explain it well. Credits to Matt Kohr [Link available to registered users only. Click here to register.] for the tutorials. I owe my improvement to this guy. To get the worksheet, [Link available to registered users only. Click here to register.]
Thanks for reading. =)
I work for the graphics industry, I used to do vectors but now I'm hooked into digital painting =)
Last edited by melala; 26th Dec 2011 at 15:01.
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