"soooo... what brings you on this fine day to the EAC?"
ONE OF THE RARE OPPORTUNITIES
for me to write a long-ass description.
SO READ THIS. THIS TOOK TIME TO TYPE :[
0 1 . S Y N O P S I S _
So in a fit of momentary delusion,
my dad decided to get me the Wacom Cintiq
This baby's a 17" tablet, a screen
that's actually drawn on.
And trust me. This thing is beyond
It's like all I do everyday now. Paint, eat, sleep. Gaining 9000 lbs a day.
I'm still getting the hang of this, and have been speed-painting/doodling for 2 days,
before I've decided to challenge my limited skills with something more elaborate.
And Crush, this 150-year-old turtle from Pixar's "Finding Nemo" seemed as good a choice as any.
Because I love the character, and because of the various interesting textures he has on him.
This may not be as emotive as my other [serious] submissions,
but it's just to share where I'm currently at, and to recieve criticism, so I can better my skills,
before I start working on more personal projects [which I've had in mind for like forever].
I believe in polishing and enhancing skill to an acceptable point before utilising it for deeper expressions.
0 2 . D E T A I L S _
This was a slow, almost-painful, but incredibly enjoyable process.
I had the wallpaper
for side-by-side reference, but chose my own colour palette.
I wanted it to look real, ie. highly detailed, but still retain the feel of a drawing.
What I didn't want is to have it look like trying
to make a 100% copy.
For example I purposely made Crush to not look like the original but be instantly recognisable :]
Dory and Marlin were done in a different style to add a somewhat alternate dynamic.
And I gave up on doing the duck-shit muck on Crush's fin coz I was starting to lose interest :[
This was all painted freehand in Photoshop CS, with a few layer mask adjustments and tweakings.
I prefer Photoshop to Painter, just because it feels more challenging, hence maximising the satisfaction :
I aim to work faster :[ But I get carried away with the tiniest, unnoticable details.
And I tried keeping to the step process
, which means erasing everything and starting over once in a while;
but that kinda went to hell because I didn't strictly follow that. I couldn't be as insane as, say, erasing the head,
and starting from top to bottom. I'd go mad. So I did it in segments. For example, I'd do half of a fin,
then erase it and start over and finish the fin, then erase that and do it over from start to finish.
It really stretches my patience to the limit, but I believe it helps to learn and improve faster.
Another reason why this took so long is because I wanted it to look as clean and finished as possible.
ools: Wacom Cintiq 17", Adobe Photoshop CS
esolution: 3000x2000 px [original size]
ime input: day 01 - 11.0 hrs
day 02 - 13.5 hrs
day 03 - 04.5 hrs
day 04 - 07.0 hrs
day 05 - 08.0 hrs
day 06 - 12.0 hrs
day 07 - 05.5 hrs
day 08 - 03.0 hrs
day 09 - 04.5 hrs
- 69.0 hrs
loseups: closeup 01
rogress: work-in-progress [WIP] images
ubbles brush: provided by `Myangelofmusic
pecial thanks: ~crump3t
opyright: Pixar Animation Studios
0 3. E X T R A S P E C I A L T H A N K S _
I've always given credit to the people who've helped but never mentioned why.
SO HERE COMES MY OSCAR SPEECH -
, for your overall guidance and inspiration, and all the awesome tips :] *massages your elbow with a mop*;
, for advice on further improvement of everything
, and for being so caring in everything I do;
, for being so encouraging with your comments, and always showing an interest in my work;
, for your incredible eye, and amazing crit, mostly on stuff I wouldn't have noticed if otherwise;
, for being so patient with me while I paint :
P, and wanting to see WIPs even when you're sick;
, for suggesting the step process [... :[ I hate it actually] and advice on the wrinkles and colours;
, for being so sweet, beautiful and considerate as always, and for the awesome bubble brushes;
, for taking the time to point out how to perfect the edges, and being so kind with your criticisms;
, for being so helpful, though :
P I didn't make all the changes you suggested this time, but thanks; and
, for advice on the "cookie crumbs" on his head, shadings/highlights, bubbles, and keyboard shortcuts.
Thanks, guys. Couldn't have done it without you <3
And to end things with a bang,
( O__< )
me as a turtle :[
Thanks for looking.