In my last post I introduced the FX Layer Stack and the basics of how to implement it. Now I’d like to show you another way to use it. To review in a nutshell: you’ll have a group that contains, from bottom to top, a solid black fill layer, one or more blank layers for art, and a gradient map starting on black. The group is set to Screen blending mode.
The most obvious use of the FX Layer Stack…
One of the tools I frequently use in both my professional and personal work is a group of layers that I call the FX Stack. I use this all of the time, sometimes with several instances in a single piece.
I initially learned the technique from Mike “Daarken” Lim’s book, Elysium. When I read about it I had a total *facepalm* moment. I instantly thought of all the things I could do with it and…
If you go through forums and ebooks for freelancers and designers there’s always someone who’s asking if they need to be able to draw to be a good designer. The response is always essentially “no, but it helps.” Being someone who’s been drawing his whole life I see this principle clearly. The things I understand and execute as an artist I think make my designs better. Of course this depends on…
A couple of weeks ago I promised to show a little bit more of the design process for my Black Dog Custom Pet Portraits project. One of the things I’ve created is a postcard/flier to distribute to local pet shops, rescues, adoption agencies, and art shows. Here I’ll go over the whole creation process; I hope it’ll be useful and informative.
First thing’s first: layout. I always do my layout work…
Earlier this year I started hashing out designs for my right-arm tattoo sleeve. Amongst the symbols I wanted in it, I knew I was going to incorporate an Ægishjálmur, an ancient Viking stave. No need to go into what it means here–that’s on the graphic–but during the process of reinventing the stave itself I had several left over designs. I thought they all looked pretty cool so I rounded them up and put them in this little showcase.
Been considering offering the vector file if people want to use one of these. Is that something y’all would be interested in?
In this post I’m going to talk a bit about the process of setting up graphics for a new business venture, as well as a short tutorial on making my new little mascot, Quincy:
Recently I wrote a post about a side project of mine, pet portraits. Lately it’s been blossoming into a pretty reliable income stream, and so I’ve taken it up to the next level from word-of-mouth to an Etsy shop just for it.
Moulin Diesel turned 3 today! Well, it was actually on Monday. >.>
From now until June 15th, use the coupon code HEYHEYMOMMA15 for 15% off in BOTH of my Etsy shops:
Moulin Diesel for sci-fi, fantasy, and dark art prints
Black Dog Pet Portraits for custom digital paintings of your best friend
Use the code as often as you like! CHEERS!