Nature and Animal Fantasy art

December 12, 2013 at 11:28 am (Digital Art, Ilustrator, Photoshop CS6, Photoshop tips and tricks) (, , , )

Some illustrations, created using Photoshop CS6 a combination of image composits and digital painting using Photoshop’s mixer brushes and pressure sensitive settings for Intuos 4 tablet.  I also used Illustrator for some of the splatter effects.

Pegasus winged horse

Blessing Book – Pegasus – Winged Horse

The ocean spray was created using a simple custom-made Photoshop brush, set to scatter in brush settings.  Both the tail and mane were hand painted using Photoshop mixer brushes, set to Wet: 1%, Load: between 50% – 100%, Mix: 3%, Flow: alternated between 10% – 100% by using the shortcut keys Shift 1 = 10%, Shift 5 = 50%, Shift 0 = 100%, etc.

Swan Blessing Book

Blessing Book – Swan

For the detailing around the heart shape I used a custom scatter brush made in Illustrator, then imported into Photoshop where I then added various layer effects (bevel and emboss, outer glow).  Much of the detailing in the water and on the swan are painted using mixer brushes.

Blessing Book - Butterflies

Blessing Book – Butterflies

The water droplets were created in Photoshop, hand painted, then applied layer effects: bevel/emboss, inner glow and inner shadows.  I used the Liquify filter to smudge a few of the droplets to make them appear as though the water is dripping down.

Dragon scrap book

Blessing Book – Dragon

Most of the dragon was painted in Photoshop, although the pattern on its back was made using a snake texture which I afterwards painted and colorized.  The pattern around the text was made in Illustrator using vector shapes and pen tool, then imported back into the main Photoshop file.  The sparkles are a simple custom-made Photoshop brush set to scatter, with outer glow applied.

Blessing - Dolphin smiles

Blessing – Dolphin Smile

The kelp, background plants and coral on the far left (behind kelp),  and also the distant mountains were painted in Photoshop.  The spray is a custom made Photoshop brush set to scatter.  The dolphin is made with multiple composit pieces, then painted and distorted using Photoshop warp tool and Liquify filter.

Egret with babies in boat

Blessing Book – Egrets

Feather details painted using Photoshop mixer brushes, some of the details on the boat created using custom pattern brush made in Illustrator.  The fine spray on water is a custom-made Photoshop brush set to scatter, then afterwards I added blur and outer glow effects.

Monkey plays bugle

Blessing Book – Monkey playing bugle

Monkey compiled using multiple images, then altered using warp transform and Liquify filter.  Afterwards the fur was hand painted using mixer brushes.  Detailing around text is a custom-made Illustrator scatter brush, then imported back into Photoshop where I then added layer effects: gradient overlay, outer glow, etc.

Fawn and bluejay

Blessing Book – Fawn

Combination of composited images, then hand painted using an array of Photoshop mixer brushes.  I also use the regular brush, but I find that the mixer brush is more subtle for mixing colors and when adding very small soft lines.

Cat sleeping by fireplace

Blessing Book – Cat Sleeping

Much of the cat’s fur, especially around the edges are hand painted.  When extracting images, fine fur details are lost.  I used to try to replace these using Mask refinements and selective channel masking.  But recently I find that painting back these details creates much better results.  The sparks are custom brushes set to scatter, with outer glow effects added.  Lighting effects are achieved using a combination of Blending modes and layer masking, and also selective dodging and burning.

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