Stephen & Monica Yaya
Painting Diary - 2015/01/28
This is my 3rd work painted by ArtRage. I originally set 1-2 colors to make my sketch practice.
Fang Yi Sheu is one of my favorite dancers. I took this powerful photo from her project: Timeless, to be my model for this time. I used GIMP to make the grid on the photo and in ArtRage there is a function of the grid setting so that I can precisely depict the figures. Grid setting is under the menu, View -> Grids -> Grid Setting.
Frist of all, the canvas setting is the basic step need to be finished. The Canvas Setting board contains:
Canvas Color (my favourite)
Opacity: 0-100% - it helps me to decrease the interference of other layers.
Metallic ( I haven't use this function yet.)
Grain: to set the canvas texture. You can set the separate textures on each layer. Right click or press the right bottom symbol and select "Edit Layer Texture".
Grain Size: Sliding the grain size can help you to choose the right effect. I used a custom texture shared by the ArtRage Forums.
Roughness ( I haven't use this function yet.)
I used the pencil tool to depict the draft of the figures and got disturbance from the pencil color, orange, for further step so I used "Adjust Color" function to change it from orange to lightseagreen, the complementary color from orange. ( Refer to this page to understand the complementary colors.)
Sometimes I use the complementary color to make the shadow on objects. It can obtain the airy effect, not so thick.
I got the sharp outline from the draft and would add the light and shadow. Before I make this practice, I watched a tuition of how to create a backlighting effect from Johanna Tarkela's Facebook page. It is the reason I picked Fang Yi Sheu's photo to have the practice this time.
I also used the proposition function because my hand can't conrol well in any directions. It can help me to depict a horizontal line. ( 45 degree line is my weakness. )
Another important setting is "Samples" which can save the colors you used and you will not dirt your painting with unlimited colors.