Don’t Lose It

0001Today might be a good day to smile.
Smile when you don’t want to.
Smile when you don’t feel like smiling.
Someone might need your smile today.
Today might be a good day to smile.



“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu

Bad Hair Day


Final photo-composite I turned in last night.


Where we left off last time.


Last couple images I used for reference/compositing.


Adding in some background noise/elements to compliment and extend that blasting geo shapes in the bottom right corner.  I used several different geometric shaped Brushes slowly building up to this point.  I played with the Rotation and the Scattering of the Brushes to get a more random flow.  Simply undoing anything that didn’t look/feel right.


Adding more robotic/mechanical elements, using the same masking process as before.  Also, using Level and Curves Adjustment layers to match the look of everything else.


Here you can see I used the same pipes as I used toward the front of her head, simply Rotating and Scaling them on different layers until they created the depth I wanted.


Here I erased the solid line in the background that kept grabbing my eye and began working on merging the human and robotic elements of her head.  I used the Magic Wand tool to grab that cyborg face plate from the image (you can see I didn’t take a whole lot of time to select it and there are a bunch of holes in it.  Being lazy made more work for me later).

I used a mask (of course) to erase portions I didn’t want and you can see on the top of the circular portion that I started using the Clone Stamp tool to create the rest of the circular area.


Combination of Curves, Levels, Color Balance, and Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Layers go the layer closer to the color of the rest of her head.


Using both the Paint Brush (on a low opacity) and the Clone Stamp tool I started filling the holes, giving it some depth, shadow, and some details.

I also started adding a contact shadow.


Continuing the process of adding to it.

Also used a Guass. Blur to soften the shadows (also putting the shadow layers Blend Mode to Multiply)

I used the Dodge tool to push the sides of her face up so it looks like the apparatus is digging into her head.


The last couple things I did were to darken that portion of the pipes coming out of her head at the bottom right.

Then I added a Curves, Levels, and Color Balance Adjustment layer to the whole image to try to unite the whole thing together.

This was quite the hefty experience for me, I didn’t get all the lighting to match, but I learned a bunch of cool new tricks using the adjustment layers.  All in all a great learning experience.


“Everything you can imagine is real.”  -Pablo Picasso

Two of Four


Made some minor adjustments on the first page image, mostly her open eye.  One the second page I wrote a brief introduction and fixed her head (hair, face, and proportions).  Two more pages for Red, hopefully the other 50 something pages won’t take as long as these two did.  :)


“The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life – mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.”  –Julius Erving

Study, Study, Study, Study…


Gave myself some remedial face studies to help with my struggles with Red’s face. It’s helped.

I’ve been binging on a great deal of Netflix recently and I find myself either looking at the production, camera angles/transitions, and lighting or the contours of the actors faces more than the show itself.  I’ve obviously spent way too much time in school or I just enjoy it entirely too much.

Anyway, I <3 The Blacklist.


“There’s no shortcut to a place worth going.”  –Beverly Sills

Color or Colour?


Added three different under painting layer for their hair, clothes, and skin.  I also cleaned up some sketch lines and added another shadow layer set to multiple.

I have to turn this in tonight, so there’s still some work to be done before then.


“Don’t despair tragedies or misgivings for they are forging a path for you.”  -Ciara Ledesma

The Never Ending Need for Revisions


So, I added the freckles I forgot (again) and increased the shadows to my splash image, also adding highlights to her hair.  Pretty happy with it, but I think I’m going to go back and edit her face a little, I really want her to look as young as she is suppose to be, maybe it’s the lines under her eyes or the dark ink outlines, but she seems older than 17 years old.  :(

I thought I fixed the hair on the full body image on the right, but that doesn’t look right.

Also, been slacking on my character description.  I’m not really sure what I’m suppose to put in there, so I’m going to have to track down some concept art books and see what type of info is standard.

All and all this week started off a bit slower than I’d liked, but now that I’m over the hump (and finished with my videography project) I anticipate a momentum shift.


“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”  -Maria Robinson

Blueberry Lemonade



My teacher posted two tutorials in our Computer Art class, the first showed these abstract polygon shapes (Shape Tool, Polygonal Lasso selection for highlights and shadows using Dodge and Burn.  Duplicate, rotate, wash rinse repeat) like the blue ones on the left side of the image, so I started playing with those and while I like it, the image as a whole felt flat.


I decided to put some of the blue in the foreground in the background, but instead of right on top of the orange sherbert, I put the blue circles on a layer behind it.  I’m a huge fan of space and all things sci-fi so stars in the background is a common theme for me.


I liked the ghost like feel that change was giving off, but now the background was clashing with the foreground.  So, instead of rushing into any choices, I took a break, ate some food, and came back with a fresh pair of eyes.  I decided to trash the polygonal shapes and focus and moving from the back forward.

I duplicated the orange circular gradient and applied the Pointallize filter (Filter>Pixelate>Pointallize) twice on two separate layers, setting the layers to different blend modes until I found something I liked.


Next, I used the keyboard short-cut Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E to merge all my layers selected onto a new layer and used the Filter Twirl (Filter>Stylize>Twirl) then added the blend mode Multiply.


Next I duplicated the merged layer and Ctrl+T to enter free transform mode and then selected the warp button on the top tool bar.


From there it was a matter of experimentation until I got something that felt right or interesting and repeated the process several times.  Often rotating and transforming the size of each duplicate layer I created.

From there I saved as a jpg and then opened up the jpg back in to Photoshop, then used a combination of Hue and Saturation, Levels, and Vibrancy adjustment layers to change the colors and intensity.

Here are the finished products…


Blueberry Lemonade


Cool Blue


Purple Lime



It was a fun project to work on and I’m glad to watched those tutorials as I learned a lot of cool new tricks to add to my Photoshop knowledge.  :)


“You have to put in many, many tiny efforts that nobody sees or appreciates before you achieve anything worthwhile.”  –Brian Tracy