‘Canvas flipping’ or flipping the canvas is a great way to check for errors and to improve the composition. This video shows a quick and easy way to make a keyboard shortcut in Photoshop (Version CS5 is featured in the video). The previous canvas flip tutorial (made in 2009) showed a method using the Actions Menu. I changed to Keyboard Shortcuts because it is a much cleaner method, which makes this video a long overdue update. For step by step text instructions, scroll down to read more.
I’m a big fan of District 9 because of it’s killer design and art direction. This character is my take on Christopher which is the main alien in the film.
This video shows my process in creating the background for the concept painting. The concept was originally a demo for my Digital Painting class at Gnomon School. I felt that the plain, flat background did not due justice to the character design so I decided to create a more dynamic background.
If you want to learn how to render like this or how to use the many powerful painting tools and techniques in Photoshop, check out my Digital Painting class. Classes are available both online and in-person in Los Angeles. Click the links for more info:
This is an imagined scene from the Prometheus universe. Since there are rumors of a sequel, I thought I’d concept a scene of explorers on planet “LV 223″. I was a huge Aliens and Giger fan growing up so I was very excited to see Prometheus. To me, the film looked incredible and had killer design. I hope they can keep that up and of course, I’m available to work on it if the studio needs from fresh blood for the concept team.
To see my process for making this concept piece, read below.
Concept Design Process
A. Thumbnail Sketch
The thumbnail is where I design the composition and composition is the foundation of picture making. I spend A LOT of time here designing and revising the composition.
B. 3D Elements
To get accurate perspective I created low poly 3D model of the ‘architectural’ structures. I matched the perspective of the concept sketch, then exported the model to be used in Photoshop.
C. Clean Line Art
Once I had the model and accurate perspective, I created a clean line drawing on a full sized canvas (about 5000 pix wide).
I wanted a more ‘realistic’ look so I used a lot of photo ref for the texture. The textures also gave me a rough color palette which is quite ugly at this stage and needs some refining and balancing.
E. Balancing and Rendering
This stage is for rendering and refining, which is a slow and laborious process. It isn’t very pretty or dramatic but a lot of fun. Once the shapes and lighting felt good, I balanced the color and the values.
F. Polish & Eye Flow
Polish or finishing touches make the image look professional. I added details like figures and also subtle light and color accents. I also added various accents to move the eye and hold the eye in the picture.
Do you want to learn how to paint like this?
Well, you’re in luck! If you live in Los Angeles area, I’m teaching Digital Painting this fall term. It’s 10 weeks of hardcore training in painting fundamentals from a Professional Concept Artist who is also one of the most popular teachers in Los Angeles.
Read the post below or click the links for more info or to register:
- Digital Painting, Tuesdays 7-10pm @ Gnomon School, Hollywood
- Advanced Digital Painting, Tuesdays 4-7pm @ Gnomon School, Hollywood
- Digital Painting, Wednesdays 7:30-10:30pm @ 3 Kicks Studio, Pasadena
If you like my work and you live in the Los Angeles area, check out my Digital Painting classes this Fall 2014 semester.
Gnomon School of Visual FX, Hollywood, CA
-Tuesday 7:00pm – 10:00pm
-10 weeks, begins October 7, 2014
-Tuesday, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
-10 weeks, begins October 7, 2014
3 Kicks Studio, Pasadena, CA
-Wednesday 7:00pm – 10:00pm
-10 weeks, begins October 1, 2014
See below for examples of my Digital Painting work below:
Side by side comparison of the original and my color study. The original has more of a yellow, warm tone. Especially in the sky. The yellows in the middle field are also greener. Even though I didn’t quite get the color notes right, it was still a powerful learning experience.
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This free color class is presented by Chris Legaspi on the Draw With Chris Livestream Channel. Chris is a painter, professional illustrator and instructor in Los Angeles.
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If you like my work and want to take your art to the next level, then study with me this coming Spring term. I’ll be teaching classes at Gnomon in Hollywood, both on-campus and online. And I’ll be teaching a new watercolor sketching class @ 3 Kicks Studio in Pasadena. See links below for more information. Hope to see you in class!
Spring term begins Monday April 7, 2014
- Digital Painting Online [Monday 7:00pm - 10:00pm]
- Digital Paintin [Tuesday 4:00pm - 7:00pm]
- Advanced Digital Paintin [Tuesday 7:00pm - 10:00pm]
- Character Design Online [Sunday 4:00pm - 7:00pm]
3 Kicks Studio Classes
Spring 2014 term begins Monday April 7, 2014
Video preview below: