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I see you !

January 30th, 2010 by admin | Posted in Competition Entries, Movies, Step-by-step   No Comments »

Yes, this month I have fallen for the hype and I have been to see the movie ‘Avatar’ in the cinema.

And to my surprise it was a brilliant film, well worthy of the hype.

There were men watching the movie that had obviously been dragged there by their

family kicking and screaming that were crying through the whole film.

How wonderful and fun it must have been to work on that film. What a dream job.

Anyway you can guess that my January image is going to be an Avatar – after all

you tube is bombarded with Artists showing how to make yourself into a blue

giant so why should I be any different?  So here is my attempt at making an Avatar

from an image of Beyonce – because she looks like she could be a beautiful one

and I hope they write her into the next film – well there has to be sequel – its a box

office hit that has already made a fortune. And I’m not complaining for once,

despite my hate of sequels I can’t wait to see Pandora in 3D again…..

Stage one – I chose an image of Beyonce

Stage two – I cropped and cleaned up the image

Stage three – I turned her blue

Stage four – A bit of remodelling of the eyes ,

cheekbones , nose and lips

Stage five -  Those yellow eyes

Stage six – after some details are added  the finished Avatar of Beyonce.

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Please let me know your thoughts – this is not meant as a tutorial as I’m a Photoshop

novice, I’m just showing you how I made this image , so any tips or suggestions on

how to improve my technique are welcome.

- Tiana x

Lipstick Lady

September 5th, 2009 by admin | Posted in Into a Fantasy World, Photoshop Experiments, Romantic Art, Step-by-step   3 Comments »

I thought I’d show you my most recent experiment.

The original image is from ‘Lying is legal’ at Deviant Art

Here is the link  to it: http://fav.me/d15dtfe

I cleaned up the image, changed the background to black and added some

flowers. My inspiration was Pre-Raphaelite Art.

I am actually pleased with what I achieved for a change.

Let me know your thoughts.

- Tiana  x


The 5 minute Daffodil

March 25th, 2009 by admin | Posted in Early Photoshop attempts, Hand to Digital painting, Photoshop Experiments, Step-by-step   1 Comment »
These are the results of my 5 minute Daffodil experiment. 
Normally I would sketch the daffodil with pencil.
This would take approx 5 mins.
Then I would Fill in the background colours with paint.
This would take approx 10 mins.
So here is the first part of the sketch done by digital
pencil and then digital paints.
This took 3 mins to complete.
                                                                                 ( Daffodil digital sketch)
The next stage of a painting would be to add some detail.
For a painting like this it would take approx 15 mins.
Here I blended the painting with Photoshop.
This took 1 minute to complete.
                                                                                   (Daffodil with added detail)
And the result of my finished painting would be trimmed ready to
display with Watercolour on Watercolour pad or Acrylic on
I digitally added some texture. I tried different artistic styles.
This took 1 minute to complete.
First I tried making the daffodil look like it was in water…
                                                                                                  (Daffodil in water)
Then I tried to make it look like it was painted on canvas…
                                                                                       (Daffodil on digital canvas)
The results I found for my quick on the spot painting were:
                                Painting by hand                     Painting in Photoshop
Time taken:          30 mins - Bad                             5 mins – Excellent
As Original Art:     Excellent                                                 Bad
As a print:                Excellent                                             Excellent
So my conclusion is that Digital sketching is excellent for speed and if you are short on time. This makes it ideal if you are painting outdoors and have a laptop , a table that you can put your tablet and pen on and are within broadband signal range.
It is less messy and easier than an easel and paint but a lot less fun.
But you still cannot beat hand painting for an Original piece of Artwork, and textures.
It is possible to print digital Art onto canvas but the textures still are not as good as paint on canvas.
Okay so I know Digital Art is faster, I know that it is cleaner, I know that poster prints
are comparable to the real thing……
So now I have to experiment with the difference between thinking a crazy image up,
sketching ideas, finding the correct perspective and making the image look as realistic as possible…even if it is something wacky like a flying horse…
In the meantime I have been called upon to use my new Photoshop skills
in work…hmmmm….not sure I’m ready for that…..