It’s still Friday somewhere in the world!!!




Now that that’s out of my system, lets get started.


Moving on to the next bit of our furry lady (we are still in-process on the bunny picture!!), I’ve decided that I am working on the texturing for everything that I will color over later, thus adding to the overall ‘wow’ factor of the final result (I hope).


And if you’re wondering, yes I did figure this out after I started!  I learned how to shade a digital painting using a single flat layer of grey with this tutorial a while back, and I guess my brain just made the connection between shading and texturing and wanted to try it out.

Does that mean there will be a shading layer?  I have no idea.

The more I think about it, the more I wonder if the picture would look better with color shading, as opposed to the grey shading.  While the latter function adds a lot of nifty colors to the image without me having to worry about choosing each individual one (as color shading forces you to do), it may be more appropriate for me to avoid that this time.



Oh, and apologies if I sound like my brain has been stirred into batter with a wooden spoon.  It’s been a long day.


So!  I have been working on textures for a goodly while.  I think I’ve clocked in over 7 hours with just the fur textures and some of the wall.  As you may have guessed this is not a speedy process, so I wouldn’t recommend following my example if you’ve got to get a picture out in less than a week’s time – and that’s in total working process, mind you. -.-


But, yes.  Textures.  Started with the fur last time.  This week, we’ll look a bit at bricks.  A gentleman in this corner posted a video on how to create brick texture in Photoshop.  I followed it, and was quite happy with the results.  Had some interesting side effects, too, that I think I’ll explore later (but not right now…ooooo…)


At any rate, here’s some of my bricks:


They don’t look too bad, do they?


And that’s really something to mention.  I’ve historically gone to public domain sites and lifted textures off of them.  But there’s something satisfying about the creation of one’s own texture.  Yes, it will take more time.  But you don’t have to be careful about whose photo you’re swiping, and whether or not it’ll fit just right in the image, do you?


Also, note:  there is a texturizer in photoshop that will make bricks for you, but it only goes so far.  I tend to work in files that are at least 7000 pixels tall (or whatever my A3 scanner scans the page at) and a texturizer that only makes things 200 pixels tall at the most makes for tiny, tiny bricks.  Very small.  Looks more like some kind of floor mat or weave pattern for a wicker chair, in my opinion, than bricks when the scale discrepancy is that huge.


I’ll leave off for today with a final note and a progress picture.  I’ve been playing with most of these textures, so if you see something you like, I may not remember what I did to get that effect – half the reason I’ve been blogging the process.  I’ll try to come up with it again, if anyone asks, but it may not be quite the same.   ^^;;





[EDIT] Oh!  I guess wordpress preserved the transparency this time!  If it helps, imagine that all the background areas are transparent, and that is what I’ve been staring at.  *laughs*

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