View Full Version : 4 Layers & A Stack of Ambition (updated)

L Skylar Brown
02-01-2011, 01:16 PM
OK - I've never used more than 2 layers til now. Ea of these elements has its own layer. A Great way to paint! I recommend it (Now). Air Brush & w.c. techniques. Orig image size 3000x4000 at 300 ppi.
I worked on this for 2 Days. The title is " Eleganza et Flora"

Had one mishap - my pen broke, and had to shift to my Less-accurate tablet to finish. (I ordered a new pen).

02-01-2011, 05:55 PM
I really love the beautiful textures and designs on the surfaces of the vases.
Really amazing and the flowers are great also. The shadows are distracting, maybe they could be inferred rather than doing a drop shadow. The shadows would be more intricate than that considering the light source, but overall the painting is beautiful and elegant and those surfaces are downright amazing.

L Skylar Brown
02-01-2011, 06:42 PM
I hate it when you're right! And I thought I was through...o well...guess I'll post an update tmro.

02-01-2011, 06:58 PM
sorry. :( The good news... I am only right 53.4 % of the time. Though my wife says it is more like 5%. :) Losing a pen sucks. The dog ate mine one day and it was annoying having to get a new one.

02-02-2011, 03:08 AM
Beautiful work Sky. Sorry about the pen.

02-02-2011, 03:27 AM
Beautiful painting Skylar, love the colors you used;);):):)

J Witt
02-02-2011, 03:50 AM
That large green leaf is fantastic. I like how many different colors you used on it. Fells like it really fills the space nicely.

02-02-2011, 04:15 AM
Great job Skylar... Nice use of the layers....:):)

02-03-2011, 09:24 AM
Love the design on the vase Skylar, another beautiful painting:)

02-03-2011, 10:23 AM
This is so well done!!!

02-03-2011, 02:13 PM
Beautiful work on the leaf and the vase!:D

02-03-2011, 10:53 PM
Fantastic dear Sky:):)

02-03-2011, 11:33 PM
you pulled that off brilliantly. now my comment makes no sense at all. :)
ha ha. beautiful work Skylar and much stronger with the new shadow im53%ho :) seriously it's very beautiful.

Pamelina Weena
02-04-2011, 04:19 AM
Beautiful, beautiful. I don't know how you do it! Years of experience help I guess!

02-04-2011, 05:09 AM
Wonderful Skyler. Elegant. Be careful. Next thing you know you'll become a layer junkie. Some of us are you know. :)

L Skylar Brown
02-04-2011, 10:54 AM
Byron - Thanks so much for the comment, and the advice. I resisted layers as long as I could!

07-04-2011, 06:38 PM
Coming back to this - re-stumbled on it - and noticed just how much I like it.:)

L Skylar Brown
07-05-2011, 04:51 AM
Byron - Thanks so much! This is probably the "cleanest", and most difficult thing I have done. I'm happy to see it come back, too!

07-05-2011, 06:43 AM
Hi Sky: The difficulty in it is evident and your execution is marvelous. :)

07-05-2011, 06:53 AM
Really nice Skylar, such vibrant colours and patterns, glad to see I am not the only one that uses lots of layers, only in my case it covers up a little of the lack of talent in painting.

07-06-2011, 01:45 AM
Love the delicate etching on the vase, well done Skylar:)

07-06-2011, 02:17 AM
Beautiful Skylar, the vases are fantastic

07-06-2011, 02:41 AM
Beautiful painting....

L Skylar Brown
07-06-2011, 01:50 PM
Coops, SheChat, Kenmo - Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

07-06-2011, 03:14 PM
Skylar.... this is exquisite... the crystal vase and lighting is super.... I noticed this is an older post and it seems that recently your work is back to single layers? what prompted the change back to single layer work? inquiring minds want to know :p;);)

07-07-2011, 12:05 AM
Skylar, sucha beautiful painting of such elegant vases :)

you sure must have been playing rough with that poor pen, wacoms can take a lot of abuse and still keep on ticking ;) , see what my dog did to one of mine and it is still working altho I do admit the wires floating around are a bit distracting :D

L Skylar Brown
07-07-2011, 10:37 AM
GXH - Thanks for the comment, and question. Just a couple of weeks ago, I did a piece about the "God Particle". That was 7 layers. If I'm painting day-to-day images, like right now, I tend to be very traditional in my approach - which means one layer, usually. However, I think I am doing more seperating of layers than I used to . Even on landscapes, I am doing the sky in its own layer, for instance. (Tho I may not say so.)

Jean - Yes, I tried to substitute a diff Nib than the one that went with it. Got the nib stuck, tried to take the pen apart, and ended up messing it all up. And, actually, it looked very much like yours! BTW - I bought an extra for back-up.

07-07-2011, 02:04 PM
I missed this the first time it got around. I'm glad it is coming back around a second time. Everything nice that can be said has already been said so let me just say GREAT PIECE. I'd hang it in my home.

07-07-2011, 03:27 PM
Skylar, just curious but I see you paint at 3000 x 4000 at 300ppi, do you find it very slow going at that size. I have a i7 cpu, 8 g memory and a 24" monitor and boy is it slow when I try to paint at that size :(

L Skylar Brown
07-08-2011, 02:15 PM
Carl - Thanks so much! I have sold a few of these images. All Giclee transfer prints on canvas. I also gave my sister one for her birthday.

Jean - (I had to look at my computer's specs) When I was about to move from Houston to Costa Rica, I bought a new Toshiba laptop to paint with. It has Windows 7, a 17" HiRes screen. Amd Quad processor, 4 Gb DDR3, 64 bit system, AMD Integrated Gra., 640 gigs HD., And is Pen & Touch screen (sort of a hibred touch screen.) There is very little lag. Tho, if I get to scribbling a bkg, for instance, I can get ahead of it.
One of the things that helps is doing layers. You can save them "as", and assemble at time of completion. So you don't have an ever-expanding thread from the beginning.

07-08-2011, 02:28 PM
The effect on the two vases is fantastic. You have captured the iridescence. Wonderfully done!