Thursday, February 24, 2011

GOLIATH BEETLE!

So, I've been crazy about these big bugs for awhile now. There just so bold and cool, with a ton of personality (for an insect), and you know a bug this big and bright is pretty much a badass too. However, I've been pulling my hair out trying to come up with an illustration that does these huge guys justice for forever now and you'd think it be easy considering how awesome they look...but it's not, at least not for me. So, after many watercolor paintings later (some of them were so bad they'd make your eyes bleed) and leaving this subject alone for a few months, I've decided to throw a little The PS on it and see what happens. I must say, all those nights I spent toiling over Photoshop tutorials until 4am paid off, because this didn't take nearly as long as I thought it would. And since I've done nothing but trying to learn The PS in the last month, I feel like I need to post something. The texture used here is from mayang.com [link]. Cheers!


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31 comments:

Carin Bramsen said...

Ooh, love the composition and concept - yes that is one beautiful beetle! Looks like your nights with PS are paying off. Kudos!

Jennifer Noel Bower said...

Michaela, your work gives me goose-pimples. Not in a buggy sort of way but in an OMG her work is so amazing sort of way. The hours spent on PS is paying off and I can't get over how close to real watercolor this looks. You have a special touch with the brush. I am now off to Google these special beetle bugs of yours and thanks for the positive feedback on my blog today.

Michaele Razi said...

@Carin- Thanks so much! I'm beginning to love The PS and I thought that would never happen :)

@Jennifer- Aw...thank you! I was able to load up my watercolor in The PS and rework it a bit and add a few layer of textures and brushstrokes in the background. Sometimes when I have to do large washes of watercolors, I simply lose control of the paint and it can become flat and messy, so with PS I have the option to go back and fix those washes. Thank goodness, right?

Diana Evans said...

oh wow!!! what a wonderful piece....lovely work!!!

Jennifer Noel Bower said...

Right! So says the woman who suffers from lead hand rather than a lead foot. I am saved by the PS opacity button and CTRL+Z...

Michaele Razi said...

@Diana- Thank you for your sweet words and the visit to my blog!

@Jennifer- I LOVE the ctrl Z! ;)

Ann Marie DiVecchia said...

Looks like all your sleepless nights paid off! Beautiful, beautiful work!! Hard to believe it's Photoshop. I love that there is a tiny person going for a ride!!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

This is wonderful! Straight out of a great fairytale. Love your soft approach to the color. Great work.

Michaele Razi said...

@Vanessa & Ann Marie- Aww...Thank you both so much for the lovely input!

Shirley said...

GORGEOUS piece, Michaele. It's dreamy, serene, sweet, faery-like. You make this seem effortless. It looks like you've gotten great hold of The PS. You should be very proud of yourself! Always great to hear from you - and to see your wonderful work!!

Richard Jesse Watson said...

This is so cool. I love the subtle touches you added with PS. I know what you mean about drawing insects, they are so alien in some ways, that they don't exactly cooperate. But you pulled this one off nicely. Like her passenger too.

Olov said...

All those late nights did payoff! Shiny!

Word Verification of the Day is:
redgen
Noun.
A twenty something redneck that trolls
the net and leaves nasty grams on lefty blogs.

Michaele Razi said...

Olov-Redgen, hm? I'll have to remember that! Love your beret!

Michaele Razi said...

Richard-Thank you so much for your comments and the visit! Can't wait to see what you come up with now!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

So glad that you stopped in. It's always so wonderful hearing from you. Really you make my day! Have a wonderfully creative week!
V

Amy said...

Very dreamy and atmospheric! Reminds me of how much I loved the idea of Thumbelina riding around on a bird when I was little. And good luck gearing up for your SCBWI conference! Hope you have a great time.

Michaele Razi said...

@Vanessa- You are so welcome. You artwork is such a joy and pleasure to look at!

@Amy- Thank you! And I'm really excited for the conference!

Jennifer Noel Bower said...

hey lady! Thanks for the uber-awesome comment and feedback on my Peep-a-boo 2 post. I think you are right about how to fix the texture. I will keep you posted as a progress on this one. I am starting to have so much fun with PS, but more importantly I am really starting to get a vision for my work. Hopefully, I can begin wrangling work for a portfolio. Can't wait to see what you are working on :)

victor fox said...

hi Michaele,
Thanks so much for stopping past my blog. you have an amazing talent too!
Hope you have a lovely week,
Clare

Michaele Razi said...

Thank you for the encouraging words and visit, Clare!

Erin Bradley said...

Wow! That is amazing!!! Beautiful work!

Michaele Razi said...

@Erin- Thank you so much!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Good day my friend. thanks so much for stopping by and leaving yours wonderful comments. You made my day.
Hugs
V

Dennis Salvatier said...

Do you know how amazing this is? Seriously.

victor fox said...

Hey Michaele,
Thanks for the comments, yes super excited about this weekend.
You have a great one too.
Love your obsession with those bugs too... like my obsession with triangles and diamonds. I have actually just completed a range at work with bugs... they are so fun to work with!
xxx
Clare

Michaele Razi said...

@Vanessa and Fox - You are welcome! My pleasure.

@Dennis - Thanks so much, Dennis! Means a lot to me. Let's touch base soon! xo

Eric Barclay said...

Beautiful work!

lissa said...

beautiful result and the tilting makes it even better.

Michaele Razi said...

@Lissa- Thank you so much!

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh my goodness, this is awesome! I love the original watercolor. The wings are beautifully soft and the soft, cloudy grays of the background set a great mood. But ZING! Wow, add the PS, and it has a completely different feel! The blurs and the tilt give it more action. And now, all of a sudden, she's zooming through a forest. Flippin' fantastic!

elephanta said...

You love the beetles too! Your work is really beautiful.