Tiger in the Grass

This drawing was created using Faber Castell Polycromos. I had never really used coloured pencils before and wanted to try something that would be challenging in terms of colour and intensity. After much deliberation I decided to draw a tiger and was quite pleased with the outcome.

Tiger-in-the-Grass

Pencil Drawing of My Son Oliver

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

Ollie-Drawing

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Creating a Canvas Effect in Photoshop

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

Final Canvas Effect

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Digital Painting – Lightning McQueen

Lightning McQueen

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

Lightning McQueen Digital Portrait

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Digital Portrait – Jessica Alba

My Digital Portrait of Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba Portrait

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

Spot Healing Brush Tool

Photoshop Tutorial Spot Healing Brush ToolPhotoshop Tutorial: Spot Healing Brush Tool

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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