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Sunday, September 26, 2010

How to Draw with No Money and No Talent - Part 6

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It's been a busy five days, huh? We've done a lot – we've learned about licensing, we've found resource images, constructed an at home light box, traced our drawing, scanned it, and started coloring it in paint brush. Wow. That is a lot, huh? So let's see if we can get this puppy finished?

First make your colors as we have been doing – you will need two that are darker and three lighter so that the base color you originally used is the middle color


Once back to your image choose the lightest blue for BOTH your FOREGROUND AND BACKGROUND colors and scroll to the top of the picture.  Once there go to the tool pallet and choose the rectangle tool:

In the tool options pick the bottom – or the filled rectangle


Now use this tool to draw a thin rectangle across the top of your picture – do NOT overlap your lily pads! To use the tool, click once and drag it. I always find it easier to start at the BOTTOM LEFT corner of my rectangle but do what works for you

Scroll over so that you can still see the edge of this new rectangle


And then repeat


Scroll and repeat until you reach the opposite edge


Do this with the next lightest color – do NOT go over the top of your lily pads – stop as close to them as possible, however.


Do the same with your flower. Once you have as much blocked in as possible select the paint brush and draw lines to fill in the spaces we had to skip


Now flood fill the area in. repeat with the area around the flower –HINT: if you are having a hard time SEEING then remember that ZOOM IS YOUR FRIEND!!!!


We want the next stripe to be thicker so instead of using the BIG rectangles we want to just make little thin ones


Use the paint brush to finish up your lines and floodfill this section


We already have the base color on the picture. So scroll below it and use the same method with the next to darkest color – make small thin rectangles to fill in the spaces – and unlike the other sections let's outline both the top and bottom of it:


When it's done you can flood fill both it and the final, darkest row


Wow, it's really shaping up, isn't it? In fact, we're almost done, really…. We just need to blend the water using the same technique we used to shade the flower and lily pads – aka the airbrush tool.


Though we did our initial shading using straight lines, we do not NEED to keep the airbrush lines perfectly straight – this is water, after all, and water is not straight lines. However, we will need to use a lot thicker segments of airbrushing than we did previously:


Remember, the FASTER you move the airbrush tool while holding down the mouse button, the more space between each brush, hence the thinner or less dense it is, conversely, the SLOWER you move it, the thicker or more dense the color will be.
Just like when we drew our rectangles in, we want things to line up. When you finish one segment, scroll over so that you can see the edge of what you just completed:


If you get too dense – aka too much of one color – don't worry about hitting undo – just select the color under it – aka the color you are overlapping – and run the airbrush over the too thick area to thin it down – think of it as erasing ;) This is especially handy in tight areas like this:


Here you need to move the brush slowly, but that makes the density thicker.. SO I just did it thick and then used the background color to thin it back out like this:


OMG! OH no! Oh the horror! I have gone OVER something! I have slopped blue on my lily pad! Oh terror of terrors…


Wow, yeah you did slop it there, huh? Oh no! the end is here… have you ever looked really close at a watercolor painting – or hell, any painting? In case you haven't, I'll tell you – that happens in traditional media, so chill. It's not a big deal. It happens, and it's not worth undoing a lot of work for.
*do doo doo doo…*
*time passes*
Andd… we're done with the water!


Wow. That went pretty fast, actually. Technically, we're all done, but that one lily pad is bugging me, so I am going to go in and some more blending to it – whether you want to or not is up to you!


Use windows picture and fax viewer to take a look at your picture. Go back to paintbrush and fix anything that you think needs fixed – need more shading somewhere? Add it in. Need less? Remember our handy "eraser" method with the airbrush? Then use it.
You may also want to thicken up some of your black outlines with the paintbrush. Anything you think needs fixed, well, fix it.  On mine, I am going to thin out the density of the top, lightest segment of the water because when you look at the picture your eye is drawn to the top and not to the flower where I want it to be drawn. I will do that by using that handy erasing airbrush thing we keep talking about…


It could be done now, if you want it to be. It is your art, so do whatever you want with it. However, I am going to attempt to add in some reflections in the water – still using the airbrush and the same technique we used to blend the shading.  First I use the eyedropper tool to select the darkest pink and then I use it again and RIGHT click to select the dark blue water. Using the airbrush I scribble in a patch and then I RIGHT CLICK and use the airbrush again to thin it out with the dark blue until it looks like this:


The lily pads need reflections added too – you want to use the darkest lily pad color for this.


Make sure to run some of the dark green in with the pink from the flower


When you finish use windows picture viewer again and if you're happy with your picture then we're done!
But, it's a pretty BIG picture…

Yes, this is true. So let's resize it. The size you want to make it will depend on what you want to do with it. But let's look at how to resize!

Go to image – then stretch/skew


You'll get a dialog box


If you just want a general "so I can display it size" then 20% is probably adequate if your image is around the same size as mine. If you want a specific size – say for wallpaper – then you need to do a little bit of math.
Go to the folder that you have the image saved in and take a look at the attributes – we need the width and in this case it is 3221 px wide


Now open your calculator – in XP it's under programs/accessories/ calculator – and type in your DESIRED width – aka I want to make wallpaper so I put in 1024 – now we want o DIVIDE it:


Divide it by the current width – the number you got from the folder information – in this case 3221:


Then hit equal and we get…..


What the heck?
Multiply this by 100 and we get our %

Round that up and so we want 32% because paint brush will NOT accept decimals!  So go back to paint brush and type in 32 in BOTH the horizontal AND vertical text boxes then hit okay:


Go to FILE and choose SAVE AS - you don't want to save over your original!!!!!


Enter a name and use the drop down box to make it a JPG


And that's it. You've now created artwork with no money and possibly no "artistic" talent. Don't you now feel talented? Well, you should! So sit back and bask in the glow of your achievement!



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