January 28, 2014

Even More . . . Symmetry Fun

Playing around with ships this time.  Some of these I kind of knew what I was going for, and others I just played around with different shapes until I saw something fun I could build off of.

It's neat to see them all together like this.

January 22, 2014

More Symmetry Fun

-still playing around with the symmetry action I created in Photoshop.

January 16, 2014

Photoshop needs a symmetry tool

Photoshop has yet to have a symmetry painting feature.  All the other programs I've tried so far still don't have what I'd like.
Corel Painter and Sketchbook Pro do have a mirror option, but they don't mirror the paint dabs!  They only mirror the paint strokes.
Krita comes pretty close, but it still doesn't mirror 'blender-type' brushes.

-Yet what I really want is a symmetry feature which mirrors both brush dabs and also fragments of photographs and other images I place into a canvas -kind of like a cross between a painting and a 'photobooth' application.

So I finally created a couple of actions in Photoshop to mirror one side of an image onto the other.  It can work with both paint and images.  The only drawback is it isn't instantaneous.  I have to activate the Photoshop action every time I want to mirror something.

The image above is something I did in a couple of hours just messing around with the actions I created.

Below is what I was cutting bits out of to make parts of the robot above.  Granted, I painted over almost everything, but you can still see some of it if you look close enough.

January 14, 2014


One of my favorite digital painters posted a video of himself painting for 30 minutes.  

It's one thing to look up his tutorials, study his paintings, and try to figure out his Photoshop brushes -but something entirely different to see him in action.

Watch his video here:  Stardrive.

January 11, 2014

The Fleet

Sketches inspired during Google searches.

January 3, 2014

Odds & Ends, The New Year, etc

At work, we've been given a little time each week to work on some team building assignments.  Unfortunately, I find it a real challenge to try to create anything I'm really happy with within the half hour we're given per week.  Sometimes it even feels more stressful than the actual work!  This is the latest assignment from back in November.

I had some time over the Christmas Holiday to paint a little.  Although the general idea is there, I just couldn't bring myself to spend the extra time on planning the composition and painting it better -so this one is kind of a 'blah' painting for me -or maybe I should call it a 'frog' painting. . .

"If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first." -Mark Twain

It's good to get the bad paintings out the way early in the year, right?