Monday, June 09, 2014

Announcements

Some of you may have noticed that my Schoolism class has changed names from "Advanced Lighting" to "Fundamentals of Lighting." (If you don't know about the class and want to learn more about it, look here)

It's still an advanced class: in fact it's the same as the old class in every way, but I felt like the name change was necessary because I'm working on a second class that will be offered later this year at Schoolism. This class will be called "Lighting for Story and Concept Art" and you can see more info on it here.

I see these two classes as being companions to each other; they essentially contain all the knowledge I draw upon when painting my concepts and illustrations. If you're wanting to take both classes I'd recommend taking "Fundamentals of Lighting" first, because that talks about the technical aspects of light and surface, while "Lighting for Story and Concept Art" focuses on using that technical knowledge of light sources and surface to tell stories and communicate ideas.
I painted this image in a demonstration for the lecture on value from the new class. I'll have more work to post from this class in the weeks and months to come, so stay tuned!

10 comments:

  1. I am taking your Fundamental's class right now self taught on Schoolism and it is everything i've ever wanted from a digital painting course. I have been viewing and reviewing the first lesson and doing and redoing the first assignment, trying to apply the basic greyscale shape rendering techniques, and while its going slowly, i'm finally getting the hang of it!

    I feel very soon i'll have a working process for painting more and more complex shapes, and hopefully not too long after that, people and environments too!

    Great class, and can't wait to take your next one!!

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    1. Thanks Josh, I'm glad to hear you're enjoying the class and learning from it!

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  2. Controlling values is mastery in itself :)

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    1. Yeah, one could really teach an entire class on just value. I don't think I have enough of a mastery of values to teach more than a couple lectures though. :)

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    2. Well your way closer to mastery then myself, looks like a great class! I'm currently obsessed learning from all the old black & white films, amazing what they could do, very clever values.

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  3. Hey Sam, I downloaded your photoshop Brush pack for CS5 and it works great but a couple of questions:

    1) when I select one of your brushes, the flow will automatically change. Is that on purpose? Is that the recommended flow to use when using, say, the captured Bristle Brush?

    2) are you ever going to release your CS6 pack? I'm using your CS5 brushes on CS6 and I don't know if that makes a difference.

    Thanks!

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    1. Josh,
      1) My brushes are tool presets, which means they include data for opacity, flow, mode, etc. So those settings all match what I use.

      2) Yes. I just need a free afternoon to organize the pack---I'm working on a different way of using toolsets because the list selection thing is so clunky when you've got a lot of brushes.

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    2. That's great! Good to know!

      One quick final question. On your greyscale rendering in Painter, you use like, a "lighten" layer when laying down your greys. Is there an equivalent for that in photoshop. I know it also has a lighten layer, but does it work the same?

      I guess i'm mainly asking, how do I use your process from lesson 1 in photoshop?

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    3. Lighten layers are exactly the same in photoshop. I think the only thing that is different from my demonstration is the brushes I would use---I tend to use a lot more blenders in photoshop to get smooth gradients because the brushes are just a little more clunky than Painters.

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    4. Ok, lighten layer and blenders. Got it. Thank you Sam!

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