THE POWER BLAST

SONY DSCLately I took some pictures to Romina Rossi and I have been playing around with them.

Yoga is something that fascinates me although it’s not for me. I like the idea of controlling every single muscle of the body and keep smiling while in deep pain: I SONY DSCthink it’s a good metaphor for job hunt 🙂

It is a discipline that works on the body as much as it works on the mind, in fact the most of the people I met who are interested in it share the same values (for example, they are usually vegetarian).

Yoga is a static activity where the focus is to remain still as much as you can, yet it’s a strong way to produce an incredibly powerful energy inside your body.

This is the concept I wanted to develop when I worked on this picture: while the body stays still, it produces a so powerful energy blast that the world bends.

To achieve this result in Adobe Photoshop I used the wrapping tool and masks.

COLORING A JPG IN PHOTOSHOP

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Photoshop allows you to colour your drawings reaching fantastic effects, but – I was thinking – what if you have to colour a black and white jpg?

I have found on the internet this drawing of Hornet from Heroes from the North, played by Marie-Claude Bourbonnais. I don’t know the author, but if you do, I’d gladly credit him.

To get rid of the white, I changed the blending mode of the layer to MULTIPLY and I put it on the top.

Below, every layer holds a specific part of the drawing (background, shirt, skin, eyes, glasses and hair).
Each layer has 2 clipping masks, one for the shadows and one for the lights.

I used a hard brush for the flats and a very soft one for the shadows and lights.

At the end, I corrected the colours with a VIBRANCE and a HUE/SATURATION adjustment layer.

This is a pretty fast process and I like the result. Do you?

 

BLACK HUMOUR AND A STRIP ON MYSELF

Comic strip on Bartolo Ansaldi eating a pastry.

I’ve always been fascinated by black humour, for the guilt sensation you feel when you laugh.
This is a story on myself inspired by real life (with some obvious adjustments in the end). I like to joke about myself, and so my readers, hence I have a long tradition of true stories about myself in my Italian blog, a couple of real life animations and lately also comic strips.

To draw this strip I used Adobe Flash. It is a powerful tool to draw and I feel some of its features are even better than Illustrator (for example the ability to adjust the lines easily with the Selection Tool). The down size is that in Illustrator you have more options to personalize the lines.

This was an experiment and I have been happy with the result, even if Illustrator is the real software to use to draw comics. So I will continue to use Flash not just for my animations.

To edit the lay out I used Photoshop because I had to crop the images first (Flash didn’t cut the edges). It is true that InDesign is the real software to do that, but I find that when you have to work just on one page Photoshop is a powerful friend.

I hope you like my strip, you are welcome to give me your feedback or exchange ideas on new techniques.

PHOTOSHOP HEAVY RETOUCHMENT

gabriel_curringtonLately I have seen a really bad photo retouchment of Prince William on the cover of Hello magazine. Apparently, the fact that he is becoming bald is a great deal in UK.

After my initial shock, I started to think how I would do in case of a heavy photo retouchment that doesn’t have to look realistic, nor that awful.

So I picked a picture of my friend, British Film Composer Gabriel Currington, to make a test, and I treated the original picture like a drawing, instead of using the usual tools.

Honestly, he didn’t like the result. I still have to make up my mind. It’s obviously a photoshopped picture, but it’s different from the usual Photoshop jobs that try to cheat on being real, so I don’t mind it.

gabriel_currington_modified2To achieve this result I redrew his face using different sizes of paint brushes, playing with their hardness and opacity. After painting his face in a new layer using a flat color for the base, in each additional layer I focused my attention on the lights and shadows, using the techniques I use to ink my illustrations.

I redrew his eyes giving more lights and reflections.
Notice also how I redrew his jaw. In my version the shape of his jaw looks more unnatural, but I find it accentuates his manhood.

Lastly, I retouched his hair painting over it the wall and the monitor. That gave it a more pleasant shape.

CONGRATULATIONS MR. PRESIDENT!

Recently I have seen a picture of President Obama and his wife hugging after winning the elections. I liked it so much decided to make this drawing out of it.
I wanted to congratulate him anyway 🙂
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To do that, I sketched it in Illustrator, then I did all the coloring and shadowing in Photoshop.

For the sky I used an interesting effect on Photoshop: select the colors for the foreground and background, go to Filter – Render – Clouds and it automatically does this effect.

Then you can change it going to Filter – Render – Difference Clouds.

YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR GENES, by MELANZANE AL CIOCCOLATO

I would like to thank the site Melanzane al Cioccolato for having published my drawing.
If you speak Italian and are interested in a healthy life style, this is a site that I definitely recommend you to visit often.

Usually families with eating disorders have more than one member overweight, and people generally tend to think this is related to bad genes.
In this article they suggest to take a look to your pet animal. If your cat or dog is a bit too fat too, it is very likely that you should review your eating habits first.

I sketched this drawing on paper, I traced it on Adobe Illustrator and colored the flats, then in Adobe Photoshop I did all the lightening and the shading.

For the ones that noticed a familiarity on the picture behind the family, you’re right! I am a Simpsons fan and this is a homage 🙂

THE GIRL ON THE PHONE

A while ago I discovered by chance Rod Guen, an Artist whose works I now admire very much.

I especially like the way he portrays women: they are so natural in their movements, and in every drawing you have the feeling you can get some of the personality of his character.

Watching his drawings of women he portrayed in their private moments, I have the feeling he loved all of them.

I enjoyed so much his drawings I felt the urge to copy one, and here is the final result.  I like the way this girl raises her foot: she is telling us she is maybe a dancer, and that call phone is important to her, and not really pleasant.

I copied the girl on a piece of paper, then I scanned it and inked it in Adobe Illustrator. After that, I colored it in Adobe Photoshop.

For the curtain, I drew it in Illustrator, than exported it in Photoshop and played with the opacity, blur and transparency. It is my first attempt to color a curtain using this technique, but I like it.

You can see the original drawing on this link