I uploaded this version first on Facebook, rather than the Traditional one ( as scanned)..
Well here’s the details as I first uploaded it//
“First sketched with charcoal pencils. It was ‘molded’ in the form you see below by scanning the traditional sketch, and redrawing over it in Photoshop. So, in it’s essence one can call it a TraDigital ( yup it is a category on DeviantART) work, as both forms are utilized.
I wanted to do something different from oil paintings, some form of art, which is somewhat ‘speedy’. A one that will be ‘one of my’ signature styles. And here it officially begins. Though, works like these have been created by me before, but the skills were albeit weak back then.
So what Art category should this belong to? In my own opinion, it can be anime, line-art, abstraction and like-wise. As an experimental piece of work this is.
In the digital enhancement stage, I was choosy between a few styles I had made. Should I go with a darker blue tone one, or a lighter one. Changes in Tone and Color changes the whole expression. Be it mellow, happy, sad..etc. I can get many expressions from this one.
There was I, sitting in the Seminar hall, an listening to an interactive lecture about ‘Graphics’ and Digital Image formats. As a little background, I like these sessions in the lecture hall, the teacher is the epitome of a ‘teacher’. Jolly, interactive and taking a reasonable amount of time to explain the concepts fully, allowing us to grasp all of it’s meaning to the ‘roots’.
Now, back to where I was, in the Seminar Hall. The teacher placed a little fun challenge for one of us ‘eager ones’. He showed us a picture of a mosque’s wall (in Lahore, Pakistan) and described using quite an expressive vocabulary that what an art piece that wall was. The geometry blends perfectly, it’s a beautiful coalescence of Math and Art.
So, me being who I am, I got to have my raised. I accepted the challenge. And this is what I had to ‘enhance’
Well, weekend came, and I got to do my usual relaxing. And, yes I did turn ON my copy of Adobe Photoshop and worked on it for some time. I started by splitting the image into smaller parts, then altered the values (brightness, contrast, curves) till the major parts of that split looked vibrant and fresh. The smaller images were merged back and the differences between the colors removed. Next, I manually painted the blue, green and yellow parts. I kept the brush settings to low intensity and use ‘Darken’ mode to preserve texture, as I wanted to preserve that rustic feel. Since, a few parts of the old ‘picture’ became overlapped by the new ‘colors’, some parts were rebuilt, the parts ‘grafted’ from other parts of the image.
And here, is what it turned out to be.
Time Taken:- about 45 minutes ( loose estimate, as I Facebook-ed along the way, total productive time is about 25 minutes)
Adobe Photoshop CS5-Extended
For Comparison: _______
The following video was just a sketch that I made during my ‘boring zone’ in OpenCanvas. Yeah, I use PaintToolSAi and OpenCanvas is very different for me. Hence, only a damn sketch.. But, if you interested (which you probably are) then, here’s the video of how a sketch was made in open canvas!
So, check that out! and the sketch is not a rought sketch, it’s a bit detailed..
As to Why OpenCanvas is Weird For me?
Well, as I started art using traditional mediums like oil paints, pencils and blah blah. So, when I started digital painting I used a software, namely PaintToolSAi; as this provided the same method of blending colors as oil paints. I.E. the colors merge. Phosotshop and OpenCanvas blend colors by overlapping opacities. This makes it too weird to blend colors for me and so, I only use Photoshop and OpenCanvas for photomanips and sketches.
So, to clarify, The blending in SAI:
And the blending in GIMP (which uses the same method as PhotoShop and OpenCanvas):