Digital art

Finally I have started to learn to use Adobe Photoshop! Thanks to ample free time over my Christmas holidays, I have been practicing more with my digital drawing tablet. Learning Photoshop is something I have wanted to do for some time but have not really had the chance before. My first impressions are that it is an incredibly capable peice of software, albeit one which can only be used to its full potential with a great deal of commitment and proficiency.

At the moment, my skills with the program are limited and so I have started with the basics, making use of layers and the pencil/brush tools. I have always been a big fan of comic book art, and so decided to take this more stylised approach as opposed to my more realistic digital works so far. Begining with the pencils, I planned my drawings before adding the linework and colours as separate layers.

For my first picture, I copied Robin from the cover of graphic novel 'Batman & Robin- Batman Reborn', featuring fantastic artwork by Frank Quitely and Philip Tan. This allowed me to get somewhat familiar with the toolset before creating my second piece from scratch. The second Batman image is entirely of my own design, and I am very pleased with the result. I feel I am slowly improving with the quality of my pictures, particularly in the accuracy of the human form (even though exaggerated somewhat here), and also in developing my own style, which as you can see is a little more cartoon than the other images imitating others' styles.


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I've been practicing more recently, making full use of zoom functions to get in close and add more detail- this time it's Batman as featured on the boxart to the 'Batman: Arkham Asylum' video game- I hope you like it!


The original image does show more detail, however I experimented by increasing the contrast for the version below- which I feel adds a greater sense of realism to the picture.


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I've been very fortunate this past week to get a Wacom Intuos 4 digital drawing tablet! I'm still getting to grips with my new toy at the moment, but have decided to add my best work to my blog.

The first image I have created features the character of Ezio from video game 'Assassin's Creed II'- the first digital drawing I have ever created! I am very pleased so far, and look forward to improving over time.