View Full Version : Here is a full Demo with screen shots...Jack

08-24-2008, 01:33 AM
Firstly here are two stencils for the first stage...Sky and Sea...

08-24-2008, 01:34 AM
heres the sky stencil

08-24-2008, 01:39 AM
Play around with light and dark shades all you like until you are satisfied with the sky and sea...an alternative way to do a quick sky on a cear blue background is to use white chalk on a crumpled paper grain...up to you to play about until you get the background the way you like it...Right you should now have something for the background a bit similar to this...

08-24-2008, 01:42 AM
Next using the chalk with a dark colour, make the shape of some rocks, and a lighthouse(Whatever shape you like... doesnt need to be exact at this point... just a rough plan of where its to go...

08-24-2008, 01:46 AM
Next use the Eraser to etch away the rocks and lighthouse to the shape you want(just like a silhouette),we will fill in some detail later, we just want the shape with nice crisp edges ( dont forget if your not happy at any stage you can use EDIT to undo a slip of the brush)...

08-24-2008, 01:49 AM
Next...Here is the next stage of developement...

08-24-2008, 01:55 AM
You will have to decide which side of the picture you want the light to be brightest. on mine the light comes from the left so the rocks and lighthouse will have highlights on their left hand side,it is important from now to keep all your highlights on the left hand side of any object you place in the picture... I used a small grain paper grain at this point to give the rocks and lighthouse a bit of texture...dont forget to turn the paper grain off when you finish doing this or you will get grain all over the picture...

08-24-2008, 01:58 AM
I am doing this with screenshots to show tool settings and percentages etc,to make it easier for you to follow...

08-24-2008, 02:09 AM
You need to increase the size of you picture to 3000 pixel width for this bit of the glitter will be tooooo big...using glitter on the smallest size and grit setting on a small tool size only 1 or 2 percent...using a colour near to white for the foam...draw a line along the bottom of the rocks where they go into the sea, (this line should be horizontally level or it will look wrong) I then began to smudge the glitter a little with the pallette knife on the lowest setting so that it smears slightly, you can do this with a bigger size pallette knife if you want....After smearing the foam, I smeared the grain on the rocks and lighthouse, you need a weak setting for the blender on the knife and a small setting for the tool or it becomes awkward and smudges tooooo much of the area.....

08-24-2008, 02:20 AM
A Little bit of foliage on the near bank...go back to 1024 setting and adjust glitter size until it looks the size of leaves,you will need to judge this size yourself... dont pack the leaves toooo close place them where you feel that they might be in real life... think of an imagined branch and the way it would go outward and upward but remember to curve it a little... dont try to paint the branches until you are satisfied with the positioning of the leaves,you should try to do this as naturally as possible to obtain a good effect... and you dont need to Plaster the screen with leaves because you want to see the distance scenery still showing...When totally satisfied with the leaf positions drawn your branch lines from the leaf tip backwards towards the trunk or base of the tree or bush...a more natural look is obtained this way...if you have a clump of leaves draw your line through the centre of the clump ,see the drawing it is partly done....

08-24-2008, 02:27 AM
just added a few blades of grass coming into the picture to make it appear we are standing on the near shore bank, a few seagulls and your done... unless you want to add a couple of pirates loading a rowing boat and a galleon out in the bay....Hope this helps you with your paintings..I enjoyed doing this demo and I hope some of the ideas and techniques that I use will help to improve your own artwork, I always look to improve mine by studying the work of other artists...Have fun.... Jack.

08-24-2008, 03:09 AM
Dear Jack, this is amazing:eek:, that you would open up your ideas and share your secrets:eek:, makes me wonder what your professional work is:eek: bridge engineer? lawyer? who would ever figure this out unless you told us!!!thanks and again, just amazing:eek::)

08-24-2008, 06:00 AM
My thanks as well, Jack! Watching your process unfold is fascinating! And there´s a lot of useful information that can be used in many ways, I believe.

Thanks again!

08-25-2008, 01:57 PM
This is fantastic stuff, Jacktar. thank you for sharing it! The end result is lovely too, great atmosphere.

08-26-2008, 05:42 AM
You are the man Jack ! great tutorial !!

08-26-2008, 10:52 AM
Hi Jack, this is terrific tutorial with detail explanations. Thanks so much. :)