BRISTLE BRUSH WITH ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR

I recently lost myself exploring the Live Trace options and the new Bristle Brush in Adobe Illustrator: two fantastic tools that I wanted to combine together.
This is the result: a portrait of Jennifer Aniston that looks like an oil painting. Thoughts?
Jennifer Aniston

To do that I traced twice a picture of Jennifer Aniston with the Live Trace tool.
The first time I did it in colors, the second time in black and white and I took out the white leaving transparent instead. This made the edges of the picture stronger.
In the next layers I painted the picture using a variety of Bristle Brushes, the first time doing the flats, on the next layer taking care of the lights, then the shadows, the details and the hair.

I didn’t expect a so realistic effect. I like it. And you?

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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 🙂
congratulations_mr_president

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 🙂

POLICE AGAINST THE STUDENTS

Lately there have been student demonstrations in my Country, Italy, and I have been astonished to know that police have beaten up students protesting over the corruption of our politicians.
It is even more astonishing to notice how two days later nobody talks about it anymore on Facebook.
I think when you have a strong interest in visual arts and communications it is your duty to do as much as you can to spread the word on topics that are important to you, and this is why I did this drawing.

The writing says To protect the Corrupts from the Helpless.
I did this drawing in Adobe Illustrator.

For the shadowing I used the blob brush, adding a blur effect to simulate the visual effect you have in Photoshop, but with the advantage to keep working on vectors.

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

THE MUMMY

This is a Mummy I drew for Halloween, then I forgot to post it. Can you believe that?

I drew it in Illustrator dividing it in 4 pieces (head, costume, hand and background) and making 3 versions of each element.

Then I combined the elements in multiple order to have random mummies.

It has been an interesting experiment, it would have been nice to have these mummies here 2 weeks ago!