View Full Version : My Mind In The Morning

04-16-2010, 10:19 AM
Hello, everyone. This is my first try after a long hiatus from art. An old Wacom Intuos 2 I've had in the closet for about ten years, and my new copy of ArtRage (which I love, love, LOVE by the way!). Can't say I'm satisfied with the result, but I sure am with the process. I'd forgotten how much fun drawing can be... :D

04-16-2010, 10:26 AM
I can relate to this very well

04-16-2010, 11:00 AM
Nice cartoon! Are you using multiple layers for the coloring?

04-16-2010, 01:32 PM
Are you using multiple layers for the coloring?

Well, this was my first try with layers, so I discovered a little late how they work. The whole cartoon is three layers: the inked outline, the colors, and finally the light airbrushed background...umm... smudge, I guess you'd call it? :confused:

Anyway, I did the outline first, but I did it on the default non-transparent background layer because I didn't know any better, so I ended up having to declare that layer as a shadow, in order to get the outline to show up well without muting the colors underneath it.

Anyway, next time I'll just add a transparent layer immediately, and work on that. That way I should be able to shift whatever layers I have around as I need to without muting colors or fussing with layer types.

lol. All of which was a really long-winded way of saying, no, the color's just on a single layer. :D

Sorry about that, and thanks for the compliment.

Edit -- I just read about making a layer appear darker by duplicating it, and I really liked the way that worked out (helped with the outline graying out in spots), so technically the new drawing is now 4 layers: two outlines stacked right on top of each other, the color layer, then the smudge on the bottom.

04-16-2010, 05:40 PM
Oh yes...I can relate to this too!

I think you might be catching onto the layer much faster than I - it was interesting to read you process. I have picked up a few hints. Thanks

04-16-2010, 07:10 PM
It's perfect. I love it.

04-16-2010, 08:00 PM
It's quite evident You are going to feel this hiatus in a very short time. It's like with swimming or biking, You never really forget completely how to .... Welcome!

04-17-2010, 03:58 AM
Mike, Very nice! I look forward to more of your images.
BTW, I found out by accident when I work with layers, they can be dragged also, just in the case that you need something to go into the background or foreground.:)

04-17-2010, 08:01 AM
Wow, great work.:eek:

Mairzie Dotes
04-17-2010, 02:07 PM
Laughing because I think your caricature may be that of a "universal"
representation of how most people might look or at least feel the first
thing in the morning. Much fun and very well painted! :)

04-17-2010, 03:35 PM
Welcome Mike and great job!

04-17-2010, 05:02 PM
Funny and well done!

04-18-2010, 10:41 AM
What a delightful image you've created, Mike! It speaks volumes to the effects of having a cup of Java! I'm glad you've found ArtRage and have also have found your love of drawing. Welcome!

D Akey
04-19-2010, 11:37 AM
Hahahah. You and me both. :):):):):)

04-19-2010, 11:40 AM
Love it, and I can relate :D

04-19-2010, 11:54 AM
Absolutely delightful.... i'm like that too, bigger cup needed though :D:)

04-23-2010, 10:41 AM
Very nice !:):):):)

04-23-2010, 04:23 PM
very good. strong expression, the facial and the body language says it well.