Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Flying Monkeys

By Justin Gerard

Quick post today to share a speed-painting I put together recently to demo the brush sets. It is Photoshop CS5 over traditional pencil.  






8 comments:

  1. Hey Justin!
    Thanks again as usual for posting - I am dying to get my digital hands on these brushes!
    There is like a thousand things I could ask about this drawing, but there is one thing that I am really curious about in your approach to it:

    What do you feel like contributes most to the weight and accuracy of your drawing when you're not using reference material?

    I don't know if you used references for this or not, but I'm betting 90% you didn't (there aren't that many flying monkeys just waiting around to pose for you:).
    Often in my drawings I feel like even though I pay close attention to accurate construction, proper shadow casting and things like that, my drawings still lack somewhat of an authority, if you know what I mean.
    If that is a question that should be brought before the Jedi Counsel, then I'll gladly take my complaint there. In the meantime, I will be downloading these awesome brushes and trying to learn the secrets of the illustration universe.
    -Will

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  2. Hey Will,

    I don't tend to use reference material directly when I work because I find that I have a tendency to become a slave to it.

    So I take the Ian Mcaig approach and do a lot of studies from reference ahead of time to commit the necessary details to memory. (In this case I copied a few pictures of monkeys (non-flying) I found on flickr.) Then I put all the reference away and I work right from my head. I find that this lets me keep the technical details right without sacrificing the soul of the image. Along with being great practice it also helps build a visual vocabulary to draw from later on.
    At the end of a piece I may pull the reference back out just to fact-check everything and make sure nothing is on backwards.

    So I guess the short answer to your question is just practice. Do more pencil studies from life. Your brain will memorize them and apply them later on when you are working.

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  3. That is great advice Justin. Thanks for the response - this is stuff that I need to use on an everyday basis. And I'll let you know how the brushes work out!
    -Will

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  4. This is really wild! Is this piece inspired by the famed winged monkeys of Oz?

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  5. I would love to see a video of your traditional water color process. I just started in watercolors and adore your work. the muted colors, the thousands of layers or washes. And (what I think is) the blue and green tones you add. Simply fantastic!

    Keep up the amazing work!

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