Monday, January 31, 2011

Oh, Photoshop...

























So, I've been trying to achieve the seemingly impossible task of teaching myself Photoshop. I'm apologizing in advance for the whining...but it's so haaaarrrrd! I've been working on a simple sketch I did of Hogwarts (dork alert) and since I wasn't satisfied with it, I wasn't going to post it but I've worked on it for the last few days (!), so...I feel like I kind of have to post it now. However, one of the things I discovered and love about The PS (that's what I'm calling Photoshop now), is the texture option. I'm kind of obsessed with it, actually.  I spent many eye-crossing hours searching for different textures all over the internet, then searched for the rare tutorial that had good audio to show me what to do with them. Now I know how Indiana Jones felt when he found the ark! I'm really tired. You can click on the illustration to see a larger version and see just how obsessed I got with all that texturosity (it's a real word). Oh, and last but not least, I wanted to thank you guys for following me and taking time from your busy lives to read this. And a huge hug to Eve, who gave me her extra Wacom tablet (I love it!). xo


The textures used are from mayang.com [link] and arsgrafik.com [link].

15 comments:

Shirley said...

super duper way-cool textures! Your texturosity is awesome..congrats on challenging yourself with PS..and i think this turned out wonderfully! I'm a dork too (love HP)..many thanks for your super kind visit! : ) PS - will check out your friends' blog now..great concept re: the genetics engineer! : )

Michaele Razi said...

Thanks, Shirley! Coming from you that's a giant compliment. Loved your polar bear illo, such a wonderful piece. Oh, good! I'm glad you'll check out Darrell's website-I love his perspective and style! HP dorks unite! :D

Bella Sinclair said...

Whoa! Don't tell me you're a PS newbie. This is awesome! I could have sworn that was fabric art or some sort of collage. The texture is great, but so are the shapes. Kudos to you for teaching yourself PS. I still don't know much besides that big eraser gizmo.

I love your art! Took a look at your website, and your pieces are gorgeous! They are light and whimsical and, well just plain fantastic. I especially loved that Mouse in White Flower. Beautiful!

Rowena said...

I applaud you. I once sat in front of photoshop for an afternoon with my eyes crossing. I gave up and went back to paintbrushes and pens. When IS a dog too old to learn new tricks?

Jennifer Bower said...

Goes to show, we are our own worst critic. I think this looks fabulous. Would love to see the tutorial link on how to use the textures. As you know, I am slugging through learning PS and Wacom tablet too. I am NOT as brave yet, to show the illo I've stared at for the last week and a half. Keep at it! I love what you do.

Michaele Razi said...

@Bella-Thank you! And yes, that eraser gizmo was used A LOT-Oh, boy. Half the textures I used were from fabric jpgs (I couldn't resist). I need to do some digging and find some of the fabric swatches I have laying around. Thanks so much for checking out my website, and I'm so glad you liked what you saw!

@Rowena-Thank you! Yes, I completely understand where you're coming from. I do a lot of watercolors and it just seems like I lose a layer of wash when I scan them, so it was time to learn the dreaded PS. I have a few friends who are willing to help (bless them!).

@Jennifer-Thanks so much! I found a couple on youtube but I don't think I can post a link on a comment page so here they are in raw form.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0uDsF0FXNA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-lwrJ_Bncw

I really hope they help. Know the feeling about being hesitant about showing a new piece ;)

Nina Crittenden said...

Thank you for your blog visit and kid words, Michaele! I adore your artwork and this Hogwarts piece is too sweet! I haven't ever attempted PS art, but if I ever do, I hope it turns out as nicely as yours! :)

Nina Seven said...

hey michaele - thanks for your nice comments on my blog, i really appreciate them! any new computer program is sooooo hard. i couldn't even learn Illustrator on my own, i had to take a class! i think what you've done here is pretty spectacular for a first effort. way to go!

Dennis Salvatier said...

It's definitely coming along, Michaele. You'll see that in just a few months you're going to scoff at your old work and hail yourself queen of the PS.

Michaele Razi said...

@Dennis-Yes! I so want to be the Queen of The PS! Fingers crossed!

Peter Breese said...

Very cool, like the others I really do like the textures you have here.

Michaele Razi said...

Thank you, Peter! I'm think I may have a texture-obsession problem ;)

Alicia PadrĂ³n said...

Oh wow this is just fantastic!! I don;t think you are a PS newbie at all girl. :o)

I love your work! I will be visiting frequently! Hugs :o)

Michaele Razi said...

Thank you, Alicia! A huge compliment considering how wonderful your artwork is! Can't wait to see what you do next!

Madeline K. Rupard said...

Absolutely charming!