Monday, December 19, 2005

Does someone smell smoke?

I decided to post an image. I'm trying to get a hold of the different brushes in Photoshop. It's getting easier now that I'm starting to find the texture oriented ones. The difference is really refreshing because it allows me the freedom to get a more detailed look simply by making the unimportant areas less important.

I have been looking at Frank Brangwyn's work these days. I've definitely enjoyed his work in the past. I guess a lot of it has to do with the mixture of organic shapes with strong outlines. His work feels a bit like Baroque architecture to me. While I can appreciate the skillfulness and delicate quality of a Mucha or Klimt, I love the strong, bold silhouetted shapes and "stain glass" effect of Brangwyn.




MissleMan said...

Man I love it when you post Scott, I think you should post this over at Gaijin too, its been awhile since you had made your presence there and I know everyone likes to hear from you- visual as it may be.

Sam Out-

UrbanBarbarian said...

Wow! I love it Scott! You're a photoshop guru to boot! Who knew!?!?! Beautiful work!

OneBadApple said...

holy wow, that's beautiful image. was it done entirely digitally or did it start with a scan? said...

Whoa, brill. Love the light-shining-off-dust-motes like effect.

judge13 said...

Dang Scott, that is sweet. I'm in school right now taking classes using photoshop. Unfortunately, what we're doing seems worthless compared to this. Are you just learning by jumping in and seeing what works and what doesn't? If you are using references, are there any books or websites you've found helpful? Thanks so much for sharing with us. I'd love to see more.

Neo said...

Hi Scott
Have you tried Corel Painter IX program? Check it out, I use it and it is AWESOME! A guy like you could turn out some real masterpieces using this software. You need a graphics tablet (wacom) to use it to the full.
Great image you posted

nellydog_uk said...

Hi Scott looking real good.
did you use the standad texture brushes for this image? you can find some good brushes on the web like paper damage and blood splatter. have you tried creating any of your own texture brushes? it's realy easy and you can get some cool effects.

scott said...

Thanks for the compliments. I created this entirely in Photoshop. I haven't been looking at any tutorial books, I have, however, been looking at artwork by friends of mine and some other professionals. I have used painter in the past, but considering how "iffy" they have been lately, I prefer PS.

There isn't all that much to what I'm doing. I just use three general brushes. A textured brush, a soft round and aa hard round that fades based upon pressure applied. I've been painting for some time now, so that is what adds to the look of my work.



RichardFriend said...

Scott's an amazing painter so I can add that he isn't just dabblng with this stuff.....he's the real deal.



=shane white= said...

Scott...I love Brangwyn's work but I would suggest that it's not his strong outlines as much as it is his strong use of negative space. Dean Cornwell took that to yet another level.

Check out Ivor Hele at (scroll to the bottom) to see a nice use of shape and rendering.

Nice start though.

scott said...

Sorry, I suppose I didn't fully clarify that by "silhouette" I was refering to both the positive and negative space. However, speaking of the outlines, I was refering to the literal outlined, stained glass look to some of his work. My statement generalized his work, but that was the body of work of which I was refering.

As for Cornwell improving on Brangwyn, I find that to be a manner of taste. Considering Brangwyn's background working with etchings, I'd have to strongly disagree. He played with depth and negative space seldom seen in a Cornwell painting.

I'm not saying Cornwell was terrible, but he feels like a mannered Brangwyn. His work appears much more staged and sterile as does his work relative to Harvey Dunn, in my opinion, that is.

Thanks for the link. That work was great.