I recently started adding a few entries for an online drawing challenge. I did not have time to participate in every day but this is an entry I submitted for drawing your favourite animal
Leonardo Da Vinci Pencil Drawing of Lady with an Ermine
This is my latest drawing…My recreation of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine, painted between 1489 – 1490 Continue reading
Pencil Portrait – Grumpy Oliver
This is my latest pencil drawing. I have decided to draw a portrait of my eldest son Oliver being his usually happy self
The drawing took me about 8 hours in total and in all truth, I could have spent another 8 on it – I find it tough to know when to stop on a drawing but decided to call it a day at this point
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A Quick and Easy Canvas Effect
In this Photoshop tutorial I will be creating a canvas effect on one of my photographs by applying some quick and easy to follow steps. The main effects used in this tutorial are noise and motion blur – along with a few other minor adjustments they combine nicely to create the almost grainy cross-hatch effect found within a canvas print. This process can be applied to pretty much any photograph so by all means have a go yourself…
Software: Adobe Photoshop CC
Time taken: 20 minutes
Difficulty Level: Beginner / Intermediate
The image below shows the final outcome of this tutorial
So let’s take a look at how to create this effect… Continue reading
Following my Digital Portrait of Jessica Alba, I wanted to work on some thing a bit more light hearted so let my eldest son Oliver decide…
Oliver is an avid watcher of all things Disney Pixar so there were quite a few candidates who made it on the short list. He finally decided on Lightning McQueen after eliminating Ralph from Wreck it Ralph. I was secretly hoping for Lightning McQueen after having watched it every day for almost 18 months – I also made the stupid mistake in thinking that it would be the easier option.
I can safely say that this was the hardest project I have worked on to date, wracking up about 15 hours inside Photoshop. I think all of the effort was worthwhile and you can see the finished result below
My Digital Portrait of Jessica Alba
One of my favourite things to do in Photoshop is drawing digital portraits. A blank canvas can be extremely frustrating but when you put the time and effort in to produce something you are happy with it is very rewarding.
A Quick How To…
The whole process took me about 10 hours to complete but I could have easily spent a further 10 applying finishing touches to the drawing. I am the first to admit that this drawing is a little rough around the edges but this is one of the things I like most about it – I wanted the drawing to look like a drawing and not a photograph so purposely left it looking a little raw… Continue reading
In this video tutorial I am demonstrating the use of the spot healing brush tool within Adobe Photoshop.
The spot healing brush tool is an extremely powerful and useful feature of Photoshop. By sampling the surrounding pixels for colour, lighting, texture, transparency and shading it is able to remove imperfections and blemishes with great ease.
Perfect for removing moles and beauty spots you can add professional finishes to your photography and create complete pixel perfection.
Check out my video below to see how the tool in action. Special mention to my son Alex who is featured in the photograph – he successfully managed to smear his face in food so that I could remove it for the purpose of this tutorial
I also apply an extra process with the quick selection tool and desaturation tool to create an interesting greyscale effect
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In an earlier tutorial, I created a vector tree within Adobe Illustrator using the Image trace tool after the image had been prepared in Photoshop. I have used this method once more to create this Autumn Leaf Vector
In this tutorial I am going to show you how to create gears in Adobe Illustrator using basic shapes, transformations (reflect & rotate) and the pathfinder tool. The final outcome can be seen to the right.
Software: Adobe Illustrator CC
Time Taken: 30 minutes
Difficulty Level: Beginner
One of the first things I ever learnt within Illustrator was creating gears. I wanted to design a new logo for my web design company and decided that a vector was the only way to go. After playing around with the software for quite a while and watching numerous tutorials on YouTube I finally managed to complete my logo – nothing overly complicated but an accomplishment none the less. Check out my first logo attempt below…
I now want to create my own tutorial for creating gears in illustrator to show people how I go about it – like many Adobe products, there is always more than one way to do something in illustrator and I have seen multiple ways to create gears. I am not saying that these methods are wrong or complicated, they are just different – I am happy with this method and would like to share it…
Step 1 – Create a new document in illustrator
Open a new document inside illustrator. I have gone with 1024 x 768 pixels for this project but it does not matter too much when creating vectors, just be sure to give yourself enough room to work Continue reading