This patient, separate piecing and compositing that you do with these is awesome Marty. Just amazing character work. Love all the hand made look to all of it. Photoshop is invisible to the process.
How many layers is it?
El! Thanks mucho! It's really good to hear that the collage-y aspect doesn't ruin the viewing experience. And that the computer-aided technique doesn't detract from the hand-made feel.Funny you should ask how many layers it is...I counted 'em.57!That's not including another half-dozen layers I switched off.All of 'em are chunks of some sort of original drawing that I scanned (that would be from one of 13 individual scans!). Lots of 'em are duplicates, or used for repeats (the ceiling had to be stretched by more than twice the original width, I needed to reuse the marker "gradient" from the extreme right side of the image over and over to tone down the foreground/background starkness, etc.). And of course I used lots of layers for my new favorite procedure, the "MULTIPLY" fxn. Thank you, Tom Moon!Still don't really draw any of it in the computer, tho' I do carve elements away with the eraser, and have to blend areas to make the compositing work.I will say they turned out to be a lot more work than I expected. But then, isn't that always the way?Glad you dig 'em!
The collage-y method of working, as you may have noticed when you were at our house Marty, is THE way I put my work together. I love the process, and I like having a slightly Terry Gilliam-esque look it to the finished art. Yours doesn't look pieced together though Marty. It looks completely natural to me.And of course, it is a beautiful drawing, however you did it!
I would never have guessed how deep you went into layers. That's impressive.
Can you do a couple of screen grabs of your layers window showing them? If you can , publish them and I'll know if there's any more tricks you might appreciate. For instance, I saw your thing about using textures over. Do you use layer masks to paint with?
Yes, it looks like one large wonderful piece... no stitching involved.
Oh, that's good to hear!I will breakdown a small area to give an idea of my layering...I don't know what "quick masks" are, but they sound useful!
I'll do a blogspot demo of quickmasks like the channel demo I did.
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