So, the consistency issue will probably continue until I move to the U.S. and/or start producing videos, but onto the updates!
So, I wasn’t really satisfied with my skin rendering and realised that my all-out practice piece was a fluke (right) since it was from the front with a good lighting angle. Once I shifted from that, things became a lot more difficult (middle). I spent quite a few days re-watching videos on rendering as well as testing different blending modes and tools to get a result I could be satisfied with. The above drawing on the left is just that. However, there is one more thing I need to work on…
Attention to Detail
My weakest area right now is details on the skin such as abs, some facial features etc. and I’ll definitely need to figure some things out before I go over to video-editing.
One of the issues I’d had was my overreliance on special blending modes, especially Multiply. I played with the eyedropper tool to understand how skin colouration works, and also what different blend modes actually do to the layers. I’ve learned a tonne from this experience and now use the Normal blend mode and rely on layer order for most things.
Note to self: Always look into tool settings. I hadn’t snooped around the advanced settings in CSP until recently and assumed that it couldn’t do some things that Photoshop could but I was wrong (for the most part. There are still some things Photoshop does better but CSP has several tools which PS doesn’t so…). As a result, I have a lot more control and knowledge of CSP’s tools and what can be done using them. Editing is going to be fun, interesting, and easy from now on.
Brush Blending Mode!? Ink Opacity V.S. Brush Density
With the default Oil Paint tool, there is no blend mode…until you make the option visible through advanced settings. I have to say that Photoshop is definitely better in this situation, but I’ve finally found what I thought didn’t exist. The ink opacity option is awesome, but the compare density option, although useful in quite a few situations, is lacking when a soft brush is used. Photoshop has the upper hand in this situation.
The most useless default tool in CSP with pretty much no decent tutorials on how to use the thing. I had to screw around with the brush tool for the past two days quite a bit before getting a vague sense of what I could accomplish with a sort of custom blend/mixing tool. However, I finally figured it out! Although it isn’t as powerful as Photoshop when it comes to editing, it does a fairly decent job. Photoshop is a lot better though, to be honest.
I did study this tool a bit…then completely forgot about it, but I swear this is a beautiful editing tool when on the erase blending mode. Although it would be nice if there were a polygon-type gradient tool (which may be possible if a mask is used, I’ll test it later), I’m pretty satisfied having a consistent gradient eraser in my toolset.
Select – Color Gamut
Wasn’t going to mention this since I will most likely never use this tool as I use a semi-realistic style…but might as well. This selects all the colours you select within the image or layer…but it isn’t even half as good as Photoshop’s selection tools, unfortunately. Honestly, respect to Photoshop’s developers for making such a fine image-editing software.
Skin details. Practice. Video-editing.
Anywho, that’s all for today. I’ll see you guys when I see you guys. Thanks for reading!