Hi there! This is a new experiment Mr.Craig is going to try as an even easier way of bringing you examples of student work and to keep his image set organized and useful. Let me know if you are using it, if you find any problems or dead links and if there is anything you would like to see!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Photo Realistic Artists

Diego Fazio

Artist Diego Fazio (also known online as DiegoKoi) can do some incredible things with a pencil. His hyperrealistic portraits are so lifelike they are often confused with black and white photographs.
Born in 1989 in Lamezia, Italy, this emerging talent is self-taught. He only began drawing in 2007 but has already won numerous awards.

Joongwon Charles Jeong

Joongwon Charles Jeong's paintings are so intricate many people mistake them for photos. He paints with such delicate brush strokes he can detail every pore of his subjects.
The artist, who hails from South Korea and studied Visual Communication Design at the Hongik University of Fine Art & Design in Seoul, also teaches keen young artists some of the tricks of his trade.

Gottfried Helnwein

Gottfried Helnwein is an Austrian-Irish visual artist who has worked as a painter, draftsman, photographer, muralist, sculptor, and installation and performance artist, using a wide variety of techniques and media.
Helnwein is concerned primarily with psychological and sociological anxiety, historical issues and political topics. As a result of this, his work is often considered provocative and controversial. His paintings walk the line between upsetting and beautiful but are always provocative. While his subject matter isn't for everyone (it usually revolves around violence and children), his skills with a brush are undeniable.

Robin Eley

When you find out that the works of Robin Eley are oil paintings and not photos, you immediately go back to have another look. As hard as it is to paint people in such a realistic manner, Robin also “wraps” his models into plastic, which makes his art all the more impressive.
Eley spends around five weeks on a painting, working around 90 hours a week. He tries to explore the perception of isolation in the modern world, and the plastic wrap in his pictures works as a medium for this, since “it is something you can see through, but not feel through."

Kyle Lambert

This hyperrealistic image was created with an iPad! That's right—it's a finger painting. Artist Kyle Lambert said that it took him a month to create his stunning portrait of actor Morgan Freeman. He used the iPad app Procreate to put together his masterpiece. The British-born artist spent over 200 hours and made over 285,000 brushstrokes, a process that he documented in a transfixing time lapse video.

Dru Blair

She could not look lovelier. However, the above image of a model named Tica is not a photograph, but a painting.
The incredible likeness was created by US-based airbrush artist Dru Blair and took more than 70 hours of painstaking work using ultra-thin lines of paint. He uses mini spray guns to deposit fine lines of paint on a board to produce the lifelike pictures—right down to skin pores.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Post Apocalypse Character Design Sheet

Character Design Sheet
– Please submit by email to nccart@gmail.com or place in the Culminating Project Dropbox

1.      1.  Describe the setting into which this character fits. Include at least 10 images from your Visual reference file. 2 of the 10 images must be photos of your own transportation/habitation project and your  landscape (or alternate where discussed) portions of the project. Any other projects or designs you have that relate may be included in this image file as well.

2.       2. Who is your character? What is their story? Are they representative of the world in general or are they a particular exception? Explain.

3.      3.  What are the defining visual Characteristics of the Character – how do they support/connect to the above story?

4.       4. What equipment/costuming/additional details help to reinforce your context/characterization?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Step by Step Digital Art (step 6 THE FINAL STEP!)

Tyrion Lannister snow.jpg 
At this stage, I added detail to his fur coat, and shirt, and also using a spray tool to give the illusion of snow. I focused most of the snow build up on his head and shoulders as that's where the snow would naturally fall and build up.  
Tyrion Lannister complete.jpg
This is the finished painting, and the last detail that I added was a little bit of fog coming out of his nose and mouth, because I wanted to give the allusion of it being cold outside. I also added just a bit more snow to the picture to add the finishing touch. 

That's it! the final painting is all done!

Happy painting! :)  

Step by Step Digital Art (step 5)

Tyrion Lannister scruff.jpg 
In this stage I added the strands of hair and his stubble, while adding more highlights and shadows to his face. A good tip when painting hair is to not have it all go one way, as hair naturally falls in different ways and sometimes in clumps. (Looking back on it now, I shouldn't have added all those strands because his hair will eventually end up looking straw-like with all the different highlights going in different directions. 

Also, when I went and painted his stubble/facial hair I used a different tool, the spray tool to get my desired effect. Using the spray brush, it gave the opportunity to generally give him shadow, where his beard would be. Instead of drawing each individual hair on his face, I sprayed his jawline and mouth area so I wouldn't have to tediously spend my time painting his facial hair.


Step by Step Digital Art (step 4)

Tyrion Lannister base done.jpg 
It's a big jump from the previous step, but I fixed his eyes once I had all the colors laid out on the canvas. This is what I meant by generally laying color on the canvas, there's little to no detail but it gives you an idea of what colors you should be painting with, and at this stage you can also pick your background color (I chose a grey blue to go with the color scheme of what he's wearing). In the next step, we are going to be adding the shadows, highlights and detail such as strands of hair. 

This is a good time to adjust anything you don't like (I changed his eyes as I said previously, as I wanted him to look more stern). 

Step by Step Digital Art (step 3)

Adding another layer, I began to paint his skin, clothes etc. It's not a very good picture of the progress I've made but it shows how I began painting.I generally started to paint the area around his eye, using little to no detail just to map out where the color is and what colors should be where (for example, the skin under his eye is a darker shade than his cheeks from where the shadows sit). You could also make another layer as you start painting, but this is just an option, you don't have to make another layer if you don't want to. (A good trick to digital art is to flip your canvas, it may sound strange but it helps you see your painting from a different perspective and can help you find anything you want to fix.)
Tyrion Lannister.jpg