Well hello bloggy friends!! I am so excited at how many responses I am getting for the giveaway...I am so excited to find out who will win!!! I am still working on a few projects, but I had a pretty hard day. I really wish that hurt didn't cause so much anger sometimes...I really do not like the feeling of being really sad, but sad with a wall, which = anger...boo. I decided to do a little therapy, so what better therapy than some critter art (-;
Mercer Mayer's Critter has quite the personality so I thought I would work on him today! Better yet, I took screen snippings along the way so you can see a little bit of what I do and how my art comes to life (some of it anyway). Many of you have asked what program I use and how I make my art, so I thought to myself...nothing makes me happier than to share & make others happy (okay, well I like to see my sales go up too...that's also a plus...hehehe).
Today I opened up Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended
Here is the link to the Adobe Website for more info...
I am not going to go through this as a tutorial, but just as a little glimpse into a few hours of my art therapy. I have quite a few snapshots, so try to bear with me here...THERE ARE FREEBIES AT THE END...lol
I begin with a large workspace and high resolution so I don't ever have to squint while drawing...bad for my back and my eyes... In some cases, I begin working with shapes to outline the proportions of the character and fool around with perspective before I get nitty gritty...The shapes help guide me as I begin to bring my little critter to life...
Because Little Critter books were some of my favorite growing up, I will draw a critter.... however, I will not be selling this or offering it for free... that would be illegal....hahaha
Next, I just continue working through the details...zooming in at 100% and then zooming back out to 25%. At 100% with 300dpi, you can see ALL your mistakes...something not too great for a bit of a perfectionist...
I just continue to draw, shape, revise, tweak, add, subtract, pull, tug, erase...well, you get the point...until I can begin to delete the shape outlines and work solely with my little critter. Mind you, I did not include every single step I did because that would be ridiculous...AND, you would know how OCD I am...hehehe. The Critter character is quite funny because his big toe is in the opposite direction as a person or a human character's would be. The Critter's small toe is on the inside, making his little body quite unique...Something I really never noticed before...hmmmm
Arms and hands are my ultimate challenge...I HATE HANDS..hehehe sometimes, I opt to give characters just little stubby's or "mitten hands". I will continue to work at it...
Now that I have most of the orignil shape guides out of my way, I can begin to give my Critter some personality. I was looking at the character from "I Just Forgot: by Mercer Mayer.That book has lots of attitude - just the medicine I was needing (-;
Okay, there was quite a bit more that went into the final touches...but I won't bore you with all the details...hehehe
Here are the FREEBIES!!!! Enjoy!!
Oh! Before I go, I want to thank a few bloggers for giving me awards. I have previously passed these on; however, I ALWAYS feel special when someone thinks to honor me with a little award...thank you sooooo much!!
I tried to get instant chat up on my blog today, but Google talk would not work and MEEBO kept logging me out! I will figure it out...any suggestions would be great...I would love the ability to just chat with those of you who are online (-;;