Helpful resources and inspiration
Video: Helpful resources and inspirationBefore I leave you, I would like to go through a few resources that I depend on fairly regularly and some sites that may be useful for you in getting some inspiration. To begin with, I have my own courses here on lynda.com, and the one that I will point out that might be useful to you after this course, is Painting with the Mixer Brush. This particular title, I went through all of the ins and outs about the Mixer Brush. So, if you have a desire to understand more about how to control the Mixer Brush and what it's capable of, you may want to check out this course.
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Learn to think like a painter and render images that look like they were created with oils or acrylics, using the latest digital artist's tools. Author and artist John Derry introduces the process of interpreting a photograph into a painted work of art. He begins by explaining his system of visual vocabularies, which describe how to replace the visual characteristics of a photograph with that of expressive painting, and also shares the custom brush sets and actions he uses to achieve these results in Adobe Photoshop. The course also covers working with filters, layers, effects, and more to add further detail and texture.
- Setting up a Wacom tablet
- Removing lens distortions
- Correcting distracting image elements
- Making shadow and highlight adjustments
- Simplifying details with filters and Smart Blur
- Modifying color
- Cloning layers
- Using a traditional paint color swatch set
- Using custom actions
- Working with canvas texture
- Creating physical surface texture effects
- Painting with custom brushes
Helpful resources and inspiration
Before I leave you, I would like to go through a few resources that I depend on fairly regularly and some sites that may be useful for you in getting some inspiration. To begin with, I have my own courses here on lynda.com, and the one that I will point out that might be useful to you after this course, is Painting with the Mixer Brush. This particular title, I went through all of the ins and outs about the Mixer Brush. So, if you have a desire to understand more about how to control the Mixer Brush and what it's capable of, you may want to check out this course.
Another Lynda author, Bert Monroy, had finished a course called Dreamscapes. Essentially, what Bert has here is the first phase of my course where we developed an image to get it ready to paint. He's done several different images here, Moon Light Night, Castle in the Sky, one is a High Cliff, Planet. Each one of these he shows how to assemble this imagery from multiple sources and put it together into a final image. And, every one of these would be perfect for a jumping off point, to then take the composited image and use it as a beginning point for painting.
So you might want to check out Bert's newest course, Dreamscapes, for some more inspiration on subject matter, and how you can assemble various image sources together into a storytelling image. Next, I want to go to the Google Art Project. And Google Art Project is by Google. And basically, they have gone into museums all over the world and shot very high resolution photography of many famous works. Just as a sample, I'm going to type in Van Gogh here and let's take a look right here.
And if we go to his Starry Night image, it'll initially come up like this, but you have this little control panel over here where you can crank this up to an amazingly high resolution to see closer than you could probably get in the museum, the detail within these paintings. And I find it to be just amazing resource to see how different artists approach their work, the technique they use, how they applied their paint. And there's another one that I like to go to, it's called the International Masters of Fine Art.
They have several exhibits over the years they've done. We'll just take a look at a current one here that just came up recently. And, each one of these contains work by contemporary artists today, and one that I'll show you was an example here is Kathryn Stats. And, when you go to look at their work, it'll initially come up like this, and then, if you want to see a larger view, you can click this, but it's not really that large. So, what I want to direct you to is under these artists entries, go to Click here for a high resolution image, and what you'll see is these very high resolution versions similar to what you see in the Google Art Project, but these are contemporary artists.
So, here is another resource for taking a look a look at how a variety of painters treat subject matter, how they use a color palette with their work, the style of delivery of the paint on the canvas. Finally, I will direct you to my PixlBlog, which is where if you want to keep up on what's happening in the world of John Derry, this is where to go. You can see, like, the latest entry I had on here was actually about this title I just finished here. So, whenever I've got something new going on or just something that's interesting, this is where I will post it.
And I hope that these different websites will provide you with some inspiration and information and keep you going forward and continue to paint.
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