Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday Bunday: Layered Look















I've been learning how to work in layers using my graphics tablet and Corel Painter.

In this instance, I took a photo of Cadbury and added a new layer where I colored over the fur using the digital watercolor tool. Then in another layer, I added a background, and in a third layer, I colored in his eye using the artist felt tip tool. When I was done, I went back to the original photo and deleted that layer.

The advantage of working in layers, besides being able to essentially trace your image, is that you can erase anything that isn't working. Colors don't get muddy when you stray outside the lines. Mistakes are more easily corrected.

It's also easier to be lazy. Paint over the bunny when you do the background! Who cares? You can always erase later.

In fact, the most enjoyable thing about using the graphics tablet is that one's mistakes aren't recorded for eternity in a sketch book or consigned to the landfill. A few clicks of the mouse, and it's gone forever. No waste.

So, lots of artistic fun is going on here at the House of Cadbury. I hope everyone else is having a fine time as well.

12 comments:

Crafty Green Poet said...

that's a lovely painting, very vibrant! Sounds like a great way of working too

Janet said...

Very impressive. :)

Leah J. Utas said...

Love the look.

The Fab Furs said...

Sounds like it would be interesting to try out the different effects and be able to do it in a short amount of time.

Is Cadbury getting union scale for his modeling?

d. moll, l.ac. said...

We will be speaking with Cadbury about image licensing and the advantages thereof.....

Lisa said...

Wow. That's incredible! Beautiful work, glad you're having fun with it!

Thomma Lyn said...

What a gorgeous picture of Cadbury! You're rocking and rolling with that graphics tablet. So cool! :)

divakitty said...

Coolness!

the Bag Lady said...

Looks like loads of fun!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Oh right - just having a grand time - feeling like such a slacker after that piece of work!

Glenna said...

I love the look of this--bet it's a blast to play with (like when you're a kid and get new crayons or an etch-a-sketch).

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

That looks super cool!