Monday, April 06, 2009

Custom Brushes

this image is entirely hand painted. it was an exercise in mimicking the impression of photo reality but without any actually photo textures. i looked carefully at each area and made a brush that best mimicked the visual noise. the clouds were the simplest. it's just a chalk brush with a little scattering because that's the impression it gave. the foliage generally needed a few brushes. the block in took only about 20 minutes but the rest i did spend hours on. mostly thinking and planning and not so much wrist time.i hope to do more of this because it was so educational.


Blogger Vidpen said...

What a fantastic job using custom brushes and great practice.

12:31 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

You sir, are a photoshop virtuoso. I am constantly amazed by what you can pull off with these digital plein airs. I don't suppose you could do a more in depth demonstration of exactly what you think about when creating your brushes, and then how you apply them? It would be most helpful to me as a student. Thanks!

12:39 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Was this actually plein air? It seems like the sun shifting would really make it challenging.

And, you sir, are insane, in a great way.

5:39 PM  
Blogger robh said...

not plein air

7:17 PM  
Blogger m3ng said...

Beautiful work, Robh! Thanks for the insight into how you work. I tend to try to force an already existing brush on what I'm painting, my laziness has no excuse now!

7:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm very glad to have the privelege to sit across from you, sir. :) Please show me some brushes one of these days.


10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what the heck!

i thought i was looking at a photo..

wonderful piece Robh.

9:43 AM  
Blogger Andrew Kim said...

Wow, Robh!
This is just awesome!
Look so photo-real!
Please show me some of the brushes you used as well! :)

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Robh for the inspiration and teaching. Apart from being fans of your talent. Your work/blog showcases a motivation with tremendous fortitude and has a huge effect on inspiring all of us who show up here. Artists like You, Joe Bluhm, Nathan Fowkes etc. who actively share, help the collective effort to keep creating better art in a seemingly perpetual left brain dominated society. Sappy, but true. THANKS again!

10:57 AM  
Blogger Bill Robinson said...

Wow, this is incredible...would also love to see your photoshop brush-making process and how you apply them.

11:46 AM  
Blogger jose emroca flores said...

excellent paintings. Inspires me to do more landscapes.

7:16 PM  
Blogger stephen erik schirle said...

this is fantastic, i think i'll try something like this!

9:39 PM  
Blogger Tom Scholes said...

Mm, very nice. Thanks for the tips!

11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goddamn man I love you! I HATE photo collage'ing and this gives me the will to live again!!!! Did I mention I love you!

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Robh you keep getting better with your landscapes, especially as of late.

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