Tag Archives: Photoshop


Floppy


For me, the best way to explore Photoshop is to build something that already exists.

Forest Path


This illustration was mildly inspired by the classic “Wizard of Oz” movie.

Thandie


Using a reference photo of actress Thandie Newton, I blocked out the form and proportions using digital pencils. I used the digital pencils as a starting point for the painting shown below.

Venice Facade


I was long overdue to create another background layout. Here’s a piece inspired by my trip to Italy last year.

Electric Hendrix


Hendrix is one of my favorite portrait subjects. Here’s another take on the man with the guitar.

Toy Packaging Design


What follows is an example of a toy packaging design I created for my Character and Object Design course. Below are the aged and “Mint” versions.

Voltron Dredd


The new Voltron series is excellent, so I felt compelled to work up a tribute sketch.

Space Port


Working through designs in an iterative fashion is part of a good designer’s workflow. Why stop with one quick sketch? Spend some time exploring the possibilities. Use references to assist. In the thumbnails below, I found some really interesting shapes in a few photos I took while traveling to Italy last year. You don’t have to go to Italy to find great shapes, though. They are all around you. Many students rush past the exploration phase to move towards the final design. In my view, the most important part of any artistic endeavor is in the sketching phase. Sketches are […]

Space Star


More experimentation with custom brush design in creating this sci-fi background. Above: painting. Below: with context.