Archive for December, 2011

Blending – With Pen Pressure

Posted on 2011/12/29 at 11:57pm by daarken 28 Comments
Blending – With Pen Pressure

One of the most common questions that people ask is how do you blend in Photoshop? The technique Daarken uses for blending in Photoshop is done simply through varying the pressure on the tablet and from color picking new values. Daarken takes you through the process of blending the planes that were created in the…

Creating Form – With Planes

Posted on 2011/12/27 at 10:57pm by daarken 33 Comments
Creating Form – With Planes

Breaking an organic complex form down into shapes can help you understand what the different planes are doing and how they create form. Daarken takes you through the process of doing a study from an Asaro head and explains how planes can help you create paintings from your imagination. Update – I just want to…

The Untraveled Path – Trailer

Posted on 2011/12/27 at 1:35pm by daarken 41 Comments
The Untraveled Path – Trailer

Update – Buy it now! Hey all! I am excited to announce that I have a new full length tutorial coming out on 1.9.12. It has been about nine months since I came out with the Sci-Fi Environment Design tutorial, so it was about time to finally put together a new tutorial. Not only has…

Axiotron Studio Pen – For Tablet PCs

Posted on 2011/12/25 at 2:34pm by daarken 30 Comments
Axiotron Studio Pen – For Tablet PCs

Many people have been purchasing the Fujitsu ST5112 lately, so I wanted to give a new stylus a try since the default stylus is a little small. Someone suggested that I try out the Axiotron Studio Pen. I think it is a great stylus and is very similar to the normal Intuos stylus. It also…

Analysis of Form – Rendering a Ball

Posted on 2011/12/23 at 12:23am by daarken 24 Comments
Analysis of Form – Rendering a Ball

Foundations always begin with analysis of form. Analysis of form is usually just a fancy term for a still life drawing class. Learning how to render objects can teach you how to create form and to understand light and how it interacts with objects. The purpose of this tutorial isn’t to learn how to create…

Intro to Values – Value Scale

Posted on 2011/12/21 at 12:02am by daarken 11 Comments
Intro to Values – Value Scale

Value is an important part to the painting process. Having good contrast can help your illustration succeed, so it is important to practice value scales. Value scales will help you see and produce a full range of values that you can use in your painting or drawing. Remember, every color has a value, so learning…

Observing Form – Blind Contour

Posted on 2011/12/15 at 11:08pm by daarken 25 Comments
Observing Form – Blind Contour

Being able to draw accurately from life requires you to be able to correctly observe whatever it is you are looking at. Are you really seeing the object, or are you just looking at it? Daarken shows you a technique that will force you to really see what you are looking at. You may think…

Visual Measuring – Wrench Drawing

Posted on 2011/12/13 at 11:06pm by daarken 25 Comments
Visual Measuring – Wrench Drawing

Now that we have gone over brushes and some of the basics of using Photoshop, we can finally start drawing. Again, starting with the basics is a key part to becoming a professional illustration. Without these building blocks your ability to draw and paint will suffer and quite possibly take you longer to progress as…

Fujitsu ST5112 – Painting Demo

Posted on 2011/12/08 at 11:50pm by daarken 125 Comments
Fujitsu ST5112 – Painting Demo

Earlier this week Daarken showed how to setup the workspace and shortcuts for the Fujitsu ST5112. In this tutorial you will be able to see a short painting demonstration using Photoshop CS2 on the Fujitsu ST5112. Also, don’t forget about investing in some screen protectors to protect against scratches and general wear and tear from…

Fujitsu ST5112 – Layout and Shortcuts

Posted on 2011/12/07 at 12:10am by daarken 82 Comments
Fujitsu ST5112 – Layout and Shortcuts

Many people have been asking about the Fujitsu ST5112 tablet pc, so Daarken created this over the shoulder video showing how he uses the ST5112 and how he works around the absence of a keyboard. In the next tutorial Daarken will do a quick demo on the ST5112 so that people can see how the…