Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Custom Shapes v2.0

One more exercise with custom shapes as previously, althou this time I tried to be more loose with shapes. Everything is basically painted with flat colors and shading is done via gradient tool only. I start to like this painting style alot and I wouldn't get away without mentioning how much of an influence I'm taking from latest Robh's and Neil Ross paintings!

8 comments:

my line said...

I LOVE U R WORK .........SIR

Jparked said...

awesome work. How does custom shapes work exactly?

Maciej Kuciara said...

I think I should rename it to custom selections lol. I do this in 2 ways:
1. Create interesting sharp selection - mask it, make few of them and put into "reference" group. Then use those masks to gradient in values and hues, warp, squeeze, rotate, scale etc.
2. Use brushes with sharp edges to create interesting mask and use them same way as in "1."

Then use different masks to paint shapes, delete shapes, reuse painted and deleted shape again to paint another shape and rotate it. Etc.
I also used 2 brushes for the latest stuff. Simple round with soft edges + custom triangular scattered (I will share new brush set once I clean it up a bit btw). Trying to avoid anything like overlays etc and keeping 99% of work on Normal mode layers with 100% opacity. It's harsh at times at I cant cheat new value in but definitely worth spending time on, because it forces me to think about colors within shapes more carefully.
Hope that helps to explain my vague 'custom shapes' description ;)

Maciej Kuciara said...

And, most important, I'm glad you like it. I follow Robh's ideas here and I feel like a baby with a blindfold with this technique...

Lady T said...

Real nice approach Maciej, creates really striking images :)

Yohann Schepacz said...

oh so you don't use custom shape tool ? Amazing compo in the first one. Love the turquoise bit in the second one, its the key :)

Jesper Andersen 'ScribbleHEAD' said...

Very cool style dude!

Jparked said...

Ohh man, Thanks for analytical break-down in your process Maciej.
I'm inspired to try some out today.

Lets see how badly I fail.


Thanks for the inspiration my friend.