This exercise will improve the students’ skill at drawing various types and weights of lines to create shapes and to identify, practice and utilize various brush and color control in Photoshop.
Using the Mixer Brush
Due: Friday, October 3rd
Complete your SELF EVALUATION
Words to use when talking/writing about art
Turn in to S: (Student Common) > McKay H16 > Graphic Design 1 >
01 Landscape > Lastname_Firstname_Landscape.psd
- Open your Photo Composite in Photoshop
- Select all of your layers and duplicate them
- Merge the Duplicated layers and label as 'Working'
- Duplicate the image by dragging its layer to the new layer icon at the bottom of the layers palette next to the trashcan. Label this layer “Original”
- Create a new layer on top of the “working” layer and label it "Painting"
- Make a New Group and Label as 'Photo Composite' - drag photo composite layers into group
- Set the color palette to the default (black) Foreground and (white) Background by pressing the letter D.
- Select the Brush Tool in the Tool Box by pressing the letter B. (you may want to select the 'PAINTING' workspace)
- Set the brush tip to “Hard Round” with a 65 pixel width. This will allow you to draw fine lines with the tablet pen when not pressing down hard, and create wide lines when you press a little harder.
- Begin to draw outlines of shapes in your image. Vary the line weight by varying the pressure you use with the pen.
- Use new layers for different areas or different objects of the painting. Label each layer as you go to help keep then straight.
- Try different techniques; maybe just draw cloud shapes but not the actual sky. You may choose to use the sky from your original image.
- When you have completed the shapes, return to the first layer of shapes, and create another new layer.
- Select a color of paint and begin filling in the shape, using the outline you drew as a guide.
- You don’t need to stay inside the lines . . . and you don’t need to fill the shapes solidly with color.
- Vary the shade and tone of the shape. Use the image to show you where the highlights and shadows should be placed.
- Remember that you are simplifying the image and abstracting it, so don’t try to put too much detail into the shapes.