Thursday, January 11, 2007

Shut Up and Shimmy!

Dance, ye scurvy rat! Dance!

Enjoy this little web novelty quickly, before it gets really, really old. Fun Digital Toys by Masayuki Kido, found via Drawn! the Blog.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Painting Procedural pt. 6

Ah, gouache – lovely, chalky gouache. I have added a bunch more color to the background, so that it moves from pink to yellow to blue, which seems like a fairy-tale-sky sort of thing to do. And I've started painting in the fur accessories on our damsel's ensemble.

Now you can start to see what I'm trying to do with the two kinds of paint: the reds I used for the watercolor are preserved as the shadow, and the gouache fills in where the light strikes.

I have enpinkened the reflected light on the edges of the fur. Reflected light color shifts are the principle on which the buttercup-under-the-chin test for bed-wetting operates.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Painting Procedural pt. 5

Nearing the end of the watercolor phase. I'll drop in a few more all-over brown washes to ensure that it is darker and duller than I'll want the painting to actually be. Normally, when working in watercolor, one wants to be careful to preserve the white of the paper as your highlights. But I'm planning to go in with gouache paint to reestablish the lighter colors. The plan is to have the shadows transparent, and the highlights opaque. This is similar to the technique Thomas Kinkade built his Empire of Evil upon.

First taste of opacity: The sky seen through the trees in the background. Gouache is watercolor paint that is meant to be painted in thick coats. The pigments are ground in a coarser manner, and it has opaque fillers added. It works well in flat, graphic applications, and it blends easily. It also has it's temperamental aspects (your never more than a sneeze away from ruining your painting), but I love it. It works the way my brain seems to assume paint should work.