I’m excited to be showing this video tutorial to you guys. One of my shoots have been cancelled and we already had everything in place and so we set out to create this photo. Aside the actual photo (which you can see below), I’ve been given the opportunity to work with some awesome textures from the DIYP texture store.
Last week my good friend and awesome photographer Yvette Leur asked if I could edit one of her images she shot. It was a lovely shot of a woman holding a lantern. The intention was that it was a nightly scene, with a lit lantern, the problem was that it was shot during a sunny day, in the shade, with no light in the lantern…hmmm
I accepted the challenge, and was given free reign of the edit.
Last year saw the rise of epic wedding photo’s featuring bridal guests running away from dinosaurs, fighting zombies, be awesome Jedi’s and so on.
A new trend was born and I decided to hop on this bandwagon and see if I could make images like these come true.
I banded together with Aqua Libra Photography for a brainstorm session, to see what we could come up with.
We all love the dark demon eyes looking back at us from a picture or movie. It just tells you that that model you’re looking at will devour your soul, damning it to hell for all eternity.
And here’s how you can turn your models into soul-hunting demons and have them look cool at the same time. It’s a subtle trick but it will give great impact to your image.
If you are lucky to have a good concept you’ll probably make sure you have some black sclera lenses for your model to put in. But if you don’t have them there’s an easy way to get the effect in photoshop as well.
In the video below I’ll walk you through the steps to create such dark eyes.
Following up on the yesterday’s post about a possible Photoshop alternative in the works, named Affinity Photo (which is currently in Beta, and the Beta is free for download).
Calling an application an alternative to Photoshop is no small thing. Photoshop has been an industry standard for years, and has built up an enormous user base in almost every field of digital image creation.
I’ve been running Affinity Photo for a few hours now, seeing where it goes and how it holds up. Now keep in mind this is Beta software, so not everything works just yet or as it should be. But working with the software can certainly give a direction on where it is going.
On my last post I talked about my backup workflow, but I am probably more known for my editing style. So this time I decided to break down a photo. A question I get asked a lot when I showing my portfolio is how I make images like the one above (This one is featuring the wonderful Renee Robyn, click here for a bigger version). With all the organic shapes and details in there, it seems like a non trivial edit. With this tutorial I’m going to show the basics of the effect, which should give you an insight into the creation of such images.
Backups! We all need them, we hardly make ‘em!
Over the years, as a digital artist, I have on occasion lost bodies of work. I lost them when building a new PC, I lost them when my drive crashed, fell, burnt, and I even lost them while watching in horror as I mistakenly said yes to “are you sure you want to format drive D”?.
Data keeps piling up, and to keep everything archived we need at least double the amount of drive space.
Luckily I don’t do animation anymore so my projects aren’t that super large anymore, but I have been photographing and editing work for a couple of years now and the data pile keeps growing. Next to that I kept running out of space locally, and kept buying new drives for my Drobo to accommodate my expanding archive. The problem with new drives to store your projects is that you need to copy your data over and over, you get sloppy, you forget projects, you ignore folders, and in the end you lost some precious pictures in the transfer process.
I’m a creative artist, and even though I have OCD tendencies, I get bored with tedious tasks and mistakes are easily made. I needed a better backup plan to safeguard my body of work, without having to spend too much time on this task.
Now there are numerous ways to maintain a backup, but I’m going to share one that has been working for me the past few years, and makes me feel secure about my data.
here’s my hardware setup: