Work in Progress

Work in Progress

I wanted to post something about an old post of mine still getting comments, but I can’t find the fauxtos photos I want to post with it. So, for now it remains a work in progress.

In the meantime:

I spent about two years hanging out in many of the digital artist communities on the net, so I have a rather bad habit of being nosey about other artist’s techniques. It’s rude, I know it, but I can’t help it; I’m so used to swapping tips and tricks that I’m always curious about the process behind another person’s artwork.

Within communities like Renderosity, In Depth Discussions, and 3D Commune that’s expected so it’s no big deal, but in the “blogging” world it seems a little bit out of place. In IMs I’ve asked Dave about his Illustrator files and Suzanne about her Illustrator and Photoshop techniques. I’ve openly speculated about Dooce’s photo-manipulation process, and I’ve both privately and publicly asked Claire about the software she uses for her art.

Am I asking too much, I wonder? Am I not giving back enough? I’ve given glimpses of how I work to Tony and Broch, but just glimpses it seems, and how can these glimpses possibly satisfy anyone’s curiousity? All I know is that it wouldn’t satisy my own.

So, in one handy dandy place, I’m publicly sharing a few of my tips and tricks. Feel free to ask if you have any questions.

  • Princess and the Pea, a work in progress from beginning to end
  • The Edge, a work in progress from beginning to end, using a different technique
  • Close Your Eyes, a screenshot of a work in progress in Photoshop
  • Rendered in Photoshop, a faux screenshot of a Photoshop render in process (a glimpse into the before and after of my post-render work)

    What I wrote to go with it when I first posted this:
    Some people render in Bryce, some in Poser. My Poser renders aren’t great because I’m lousy with textures and there’s no such thing as “clothes” in Poser 3,.. so I do my rendering in Photoshop. It’s great for renders, actually — it takes a while, but it takes care of lighting, clothes, hair, and textures. I highly recommend it! 🙂

  • Dodge and Burn, a tutorial

May someone out there find these useful. Happy doodling! 🙂

Update (2003-03-14): Doh! After checking my links on another computer, I realized that the screenshot images (which are hosted elsewhere) don’t show up for anyone not already a member of the Renderosity. I’ve changed the links, so they should be okay now.

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5 thoughts on “Work in Progress

  1. April, once again amazing! Thanks for all of the tips and trix! Jealous, jealous, jealous! It makes me realize that I would happily trade off some of my talents for different ones!

  2. Here, here…

    as for the stick figures, they are coming. Hopefully the picture I sent you will hold you in the mean time. 🙂

  3. Thank you for sharing! That’s wonderful. I’m just now getting into Photoshop, so I’m trying to get as much information as I can about how to do certain things. The Princess and the Pea was absolutely fantastic!

    Thank you again! 🙂

  4. Wow. Nice work.
    I spent quite alot of time in Photoshop some years back and even taught a few courses (pre-Photoshop 4.0). I have shared a few tips here and there to friends but it is true when it comes to letting others "behind the curtain". In the professional world it is almost unheard of to let out the "secrets" that make you the artist/designer/programmer that you are ~ even if they are common knowledge ~ for fear i suppose of someone learning what you know and making you not as individually talented or in demand as you are…

    I’ve seen it happen…

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