Final Assessment

Tomorrow is my final assessment in which I will present to my tutor a 10 minute presentation of the work undertaken this term which are the 3M Commission Project and the Self Initiated Project and a 20 minute “interview” to talk about the work undertaken in the Self Initiated Project. 

I have been unable to complete a digital painting much to my disappointment due to the amount of time it took to learn how to digitally paint and learn about the different tools on Photoshop and what their uses are. I am however proud that I have achieved one of my goals for this year which was to learn how to paint digitally and with more practice I will become more accomplished in this discipline. 

Here are the two portraits that I started:

With more practice and more time I feel that I could have completed these portraits however I may have dove into the deep end with digital painting as I began to struggle with parts of the portraits in particularly the lips I am however proud of the rest of the portrait especially as I have little experience with painting in general. On the contrary I think that painting digitally has helped me understand how to paint traditionally.

I would have like to have digitally painted a number of complete portraits and I will continue to work on them even after the project has finished as it will benefit me especially if I want to give myself an advantage in getting a career within the games design industry.

So far I have been attempting to paint digitally and I am becoming more familiar and confident in digital painting. 
However the downside is that I am taking too long to paint the images that I want to and with the deadline drawing closer I don’t think I will be able to finish and print a hard copy out for the upcoming assessment… 
I am also worried that because I am new to digital painting I may not have a single image finished by assessment date and this will affect my final grade for this year…

So far I have been attempting to paint digitally and I am becoming more familiar and confident in digital painting. 

However the downside is that I am taking too long to paint the images that I want to and with the deadline drawing closer I don’t think I will be able to finish and print a hard copy out for the upcoming assessment… 

I am also worried that because I am new to digital painting I may not have a single image finished by assessment date and this will affect my final grade for this year…

Setting up Drawing Tablet

At first I thought that my default brushes on photoshop was hindering my progress with digital painting however after some research I learnt that it was my drawing tablets settings that were not set up for digital painting and using the instructions found on this website:

http://www.gomediazine.com/tutorials/set-wacom-awesome-results/

I finally set up my wacom tablet to behave more like a drawing tablet then just a mouse as originally the strokes and lines I made using the tablet were blocked and the same in width rather then looking like a stroke however after changing the settings to Pen Pressure the lines I make on photoshop resemble more of a stroke made with brushes, pens etc. 

Bibliography 

Wagner, A (2008) How to Set up Your Wacom for Awesome Results | GoMediaZine [Online] Available at: < http://www.gomediazine.com/tutorials/set-wacom-awesome-results/ > [Accessed 3/5/2014] 

Another tutorial I viewed and is a speed painting with pointers during the process to allow viewers how to and what to do in certain stages of painting in photoshop. 

After watching this tutorial I realized that there are more than one way to paint in photoshop however all each technique shares similarities to one another.

Bibliography 

BusinessClops (2013) Photoshop Painting Walkthrough (Michael Shannon- Portrait) [Online Video] Available at: < https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jCLgicJIKY > [Accessed 2/5/2014]

One of the video tutorials I have been watching to learn how to paint digitally. Although very informative and well instructed there are some aspects of this tutorial which are not covered which I know is important when it comes to digital painting and that is setting up the brushes and setting up the drawing tablet so that it in perfect sync with the computer which I have learnt on the other tutorials I have viewed.

Bibliography

Drawing with Jazza (2013) Painting in Photoshop! (Tutorial) [Online Video] Available at: < https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpA4TlQLxr4 > [Accessed 28/4/2014]

Star Wars!

At the start of the project I decided to get me into portraiture I drew a number of portraits of one of my favourite characters who is Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars depicted by Hayden Christensen.

I will also use these images as templates to get me into digital painting.

Coincidentally today is Star Wars day and so everybody Happy Star Wars Day!

Portraits

Here are the set of portraits that I have drawn.

It took me a little getting use to at first however as I drew more portraits I began to understand how the face is made up and realized that the face is made up of shades that give the facial features shape and depth rather than lines as I had been doing.

I also decided to play with other mediums as I wanted to expand on the types of mediums I can use as I only use pencils and graphic pens and felt that this was too limited especially as I am studying on an Art course.

However I still feel that I need more experience in using different mediums and this project would not be the best suited project to do that and so I stopped experimenting early.

After my initial drawings I looked at a number of online tutorials on YouTube to get tips and pointers on drawing portraits more accurately.

Taking on a suggestion from one of my tutors I also drew myself in a mirror as a way of studying the face. 

This was quiet challenging as I couldn’t keep my face still and in the position that I began drawing however it was relatively fun and a learning curve for me.

Stephen Bliss and Anthony Macbain

Stephen Bliss and Anthony Macbain are the two leading artists for Rockstar Games and below are examples of their works.

Stephen Bliss is an artist who started as an in-house designer and artist at Hysteric Glamour fashion company in Tokyo he then became a freelance illustrator when he returned to London in 1989. His works have been published in GQ, Arena, Time, I.D, Sunday Times, Time Out, The Face, Vogue and Creative Review.

He has also designed for Burton Snowboards, BMG Records, Sony, Nintendo, Pepsi, MTV, Aardman Animation, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and painted album and CD covers for Massive Attack.

In 1998 he started a T-Shirt Company called Steroid with his brother Robert which sold t-shirts throughout the UK and Japan.

Presently he is the senior artist at Rockstar Games in New York and has worked on titles such as The Warriors, Bully, Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto.

Anthony Macbain is an artist and musician living in New York and is the current director of illustration at Rockstar Games and has been working there since 2004 working on game title Grand Theft Auto and other successful titles such as Red Dead Redemption and Bully.

Bibliography 

Anthony Macbain (N.D) Grand Theft Auto IV: AnthonyMacbain.com [Online Image] Available at: < http://anthonymacbain.com/index.php?/art/grand-theft-auto-iv/ > Accessed [10/4/2014]

Anthony Macbain (N.D) Grand Theft Auto IV: AnthonyMacbain.com [Online Image] Available at: < http://anthonymacbain.com/index.php?/art/grand-theft-auto-iv/ > Accessed [10/4/2014]

Anthony Macbain (N.D) Grand Theft Auto IV: AnthonyMacbain.com [Online Image] Available at: < http://anthonymacbain.com/index.php?/art/grand-theft-auto-iv/ > Accessed [10/4/2014]

Anthony Macbain (N.D) Grand Theft Auto IV: AnthonyMacbain.com [Online Image] Available at: < http://anthonymacbain.com/index.php?/art/grand-theft-auto-iv/ > Accessed [10/4/2014]

Anthony Macbain (N.D) Grand Theft Auto IV: AnthonyMacbain.com [Online Image] Available at: < http://anthonymacbain.com/index.php?/art/grand-theft-auto-iv/ > Accessed [10/4/2014]

Anthony Macbain (N.D) Grand Theft Auto IV: AnthonyMacbain.com [Online Image] Available at: < http://anthonymacbain.com/index.php?/art/grand-theft-auto-iv/ > Accessed [10/4/2014]

Anthony Macbain and Stephen Bliss (N.D) 7017.jpg (1280x720) [Online Image] Available at: < http://media.gtanet.com/images/7017.jpg > Accessed [12/4/2014]

Anthony Macbain and Stephen Bliss (N.D) GTAV_GAME_Midnight_Launch.jpg (1920x1080) [Online Image] Available at: < http://www.flavourmag.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/GTAV_GAME_Midnight_Launch.jpg > Accessed [12/4/2014]

Anthony Macbain and Stephen Bliss (N.D) grand-theft-auto-v-wallpaper-ME3050134766_2.jpg (1280x720)  [Online Image] Available at: < http://cdn-static.gamekult.com/gamekult-com/images/photos/30/50/13/47/grand-theft-auto-v-wallpaper-ME3050134766_2.jpg > Accessed [12/4/2014]

Anthony Macbain and Stephen Bliss (N.D) gta-5-characters.jpg (1920x1080) [Online Image] Available at: < http://www.sumthing.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/gta-5-characters.jpg > Accessed [12/4/2014]

Anthony Macbain and Stephen Bliss (N.D) GTA-5.jpg (615x409) [Online Image] Available at: < http://i1.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article2290958.ece/alternates/s615/GTA-5.jpg>  Accessed [12/4/2014]

Stephen Bliss (N.D) Stephen bliss [Online] Available at: < http://www.stephenbliss.com/illustration/Rockstar/GTA_Ctown/GTA_Ctown.htm > [Accessed 11/4/2014]

Stephen Bliss (N.D) Stephen bliss [Online] Available at: < http://www.stephenbliss.com/illustration/Rockstar/GTA4_LD/GTA4_LD_FOB.htm > [Accessed 11/4/2014]

Stephen Bliss (N.D) Stephen bliss [Online] Available at: < http://www.stephenbliss.com/illustration/Rockstar/GTA_SA/GTA_SA_FOB.htm > [Accessed 11/4/2014]

Stephen Bliss (N.D) Stephen bliss [Online] Available at: < http://www.stephenbliss.com/illustration/Rockstar/GTA_SA/GTA_SA_Mag_Cover1.htm > [Accessed 11/4/2014]

Stephen Bliss (N.D) Stephen bliss [Online] Available at: < http://www.stephenbliss.com/illustration/Rockstar/GTA_SA/GTA_SA_Spread1.htm­ > [Accessed 11/4/2014]

Stephen Bliss (N.D) Stephen bliss [Online] Available at: < http://www.stephenbliss.com/illustration/Rockstar/Warriors/Warriors_Mag_Cover1.htm > [Accessed 11/4/2014]

Unknown Author (N.D) STEPHEN BLISS [Online] Available at: < http://www.stephenbliss.com/ > Accessed [10/4/2014]

Unknown Author (N.D) Info : AnthonyMacbain.com [Online] Available at: < http://anthonymacbain.com/ > Accessed [10/4/2014]