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Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Techniques
Illustration by John Hersey

Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Techniques

with Bert Monroy

Video: Welcome

In this installment, we are going to look at the techniques that I developed in the creation of my painting Time Square. A lot of these techniques will involve things like for instance right here, going in there and creating these reflections in the glass, or something as simple as this little traffic light right here. Now, these techniques are going to employ all of the tools that we learned about in the Tools installment, because here, instead of just a brushstroke, we are going to combine that brushstroke with a layer style and possibly a mask from an alpha channel to create a very dramatic effect. Now again, you might never have to create an element like this one, but it's what I did to create that glow and the little reflections on the elements around it that might come in really useful in your particular workflow.
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  1. 51s
    1. Welcome
      51s
  2. 1h 9m
    1. Working with reference materials
      2m 50s
    2. The Alpha Channel technique
      15m 31s
    3. Creating the look of metal armor
      6m 10s
    4. Creating the look of denim fabric
      3m 25s
    5. Creating the look of stitched denim
      9m 35s
    6. Creating reflections
      5m 33s
    7. Creating complex reflections
      5m 12s
    8. Creating steam
      4m 7s
    9. Working with multiple shadows
      4m 18s
    10. Working with complex shadows
      6m 13s
    11. Creating fabric
      6m 23s
  3. 2h 5m
    1. Creating a diamond stud
      2m 0s
    2. Creating the diamond billboard
      10m 55s
    3. Creating a skateboard
      3m 55s
    4. Creating a button
      10m 52s
    5. Creating an M&M'S candy
      10m 28s
    6. Applying details to a license plate
      4m 19s
    7. Creating 3D letters
      12m 21s
    8. Creating curtains
      8m 29s
    9. Creating curtains with a bottom edge
      9m 0s
    10. Creating a view of curtains from below
      11m 46s
    11. Creating curtain shadows
      4m 44s
    12. Adding a fabric texture to curtains
      6m 45s
    13. Creating a 3D object with an inset space
      11m 35s
    14. Creating a filmstrip
      10m 18s
    15. Creating a sign with many lights
      8m 30s
  4. 35m 48s
    1. Creating a neon sign
      14m 45s
    2. Creating a framed neon sign
      7m 43s
    3. Breaking down the neon lights
      2m 34s
    4. Creating spotlights on a billboard
      5m 4s
    5. Creating a traffic sign
      5m 42s
  5. 1h 4m
    1. Creating the Polo Sport logo
      8m 11s
    2. Establishing perspective
      4m 54s
    3. Perspective lines
      5m 59s
    4. Perspective of Times Square
      5m 20s
    5. Blending in Illustrator
      3m 42s
    6. Using advanced blend techniques
      4m 52s
    7. Creating 3D M&M'S
      6m 58s
    8. Creating 3D letters
      2m 18s
    9. Creating a 3D logo
      4m 16s
    10. Using Transform for a car tire
      3m 55s
    11. Using Live Trace
      4m 37s
    12. Creating patterns
      4m 36s
    13. Creating a bottle
      4m 24s
  6. 46s
    1. Parting words
      46s

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4h 56m Intermediate Apr 14, 2011

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Take a virtual journey to the bustling streets of New York in Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square. Digital painter Bert Monroy reveals how he created the minute details that build the impressive 108,000 x 21,600 pixels, 25-feet wide photorealistic portrait of this iconic intersection.

In this installment, The Techniques, Bert shows the steps he took in Photoshop and Illustrator to create the lifelike detail in his incredible portrait of Times Square. The course follows him as he paints in steam, reflections, shadows, materials like fabric and metal, spot lights and neon light, and even 3D objects such as store logos and M&M'S. Bert shows how digital artists can recreate these effects at home, backwards engineering his artwork with painstaking attention to the tools and commands he used to get there.

Topics include:
  • Working with reference materials
  • Understanding Bert's alpha channel technique
  • Creating complex reflections
  • Adding fabric and other textures to objects
  • Establishing perspective
  • Using advanced blending techniques
  • Creating patterns
  • Working with Live Trace
  • Creating 3D letters
Subjects:
Design Illustration Design Techniques Digital Painting
Software:
Illustrator Photoshop
Author:
Bert Monroy

Welcome

In this installment, we are going to look at the techniques that I developed in the creation of my painting Time Square. A lot of these techniques will involve things like for instance right here, going in there and creating these reflections in the glass, or something as simple as this little traffic light right here. Now, these techniques are going to employ all of the tools that we learned about in the Tools installment, because here, instead of just a brushstroke, we are going to combine that brushstroke with a layer style and possibly a mask from an alpha channel to create a very dramatic effect. Now again, you might never have to create an element like this one, but it's what I did to create that glow and the little reflections on the elements around it that might come in really useful in your particular workflow.

So let's go in there and look at these techniques, and hopefully they'll inspire you to let your imagination go wild and create some really cool stuff.

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