Wednesday, October 28, 2009

morning and another tugboat

under-drawing and color version in progress. Can't tell how close I am to finishing this one. Which is usually a good time to stop. Have to tie up the foreground and fix some wonky marks.






6 comments:

Monisawa / Mike Blake said...

I love the recent tugboat illustrations that you have been producing! Just a quick question, what do you use to color your artwork? Photoshop? Painter?...etc. Thanks!

Matt Smith said...

Thanks! Painter for the line drawing and photoshop for coloring. In painter, I stick to the 2b pencil tool for the most part, in PS it's the "dry media" brushes--adjusting the opacity and the spacing for a smoother or grittier stroke.

Bottle versus Face said...

Oh you make it look so easy. I hate you.

Michael Dooney said...

Hey Matt, love these tug pics. You have really mastered the traditional media look with these, great color palette too. It's great that they don't scream "DIGITAL!" like so much art these days as well. Mad props to you!

tom gastall said...

These are great Matt. Will have to check out Painter some time.

Matt Smith said...

Thanks guys

i'd prefer to work in acrylic or gauche, but the time saving end of digital allows for assignments i might have to say no to otherwise.

The trick for me for having these not look too digital, is working the same steps as i would in traditional media. Same scrubby background tone-wash over "pencils", same establishing values, same building up color in a scumbly way.

That and using a screen tablet. Drawing directly on the monitor makes the process feel as natural as it's going to.