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We are well within the digital age, and the era of digital art. Right from the expert to the layman, everyone wants a slice of it. Maybe it’s the passion for a new career, or just plain curiosity. Either ways, digital art is everyone’s cup of tea.

1. Take a Look at Dreams Through the Mind of Man

 

High thought about the future is inseparable from the mind of a man. It’s the dreams that define his character. And hence, holds an important place in shaping up his expectations. Rupinder Singh attempts to interpret this relationship between a man and his expectations in a surrealist manner through his poster, Live your Dream.

Dreams through Mind of Man

Step by step tutorial here

 


2. Representation of Emotions, Extracted with Care

 

Every one of us responds to emotions in our own personal ways. But for all of us, it is an explosion. Sometimes it is expressed through an outburst, at other times, it just submerges within. Every time we explode, we lose a little bit of us. Digital Artist Fahd Hussein captures a moment in that explosion to create his piece, ‘Extraho’.

Representation of Emotions

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3. The Poster of Pure Iron Love

 

Concept Artist, Raj Khatritakes us through his step-by-step fan art progression of his favourite band, Iron Maiden. Starting with the initial sketches in the pages of his college notebook, he transports the sketching into the elaborate stages of adding drips and streaks; highlighting; playing with tones, and such other details, before finally reaching the envisioned representation.

Step1 Tutorial The Poster of Pure Iron Love - Creative Gaga
Tutorial The Poster of Pure Iron Love

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4. Traditional Influences to Come up with a Novel Visual!

 

For an artist, the images you grow up with, linger on for long. As you grow, you think of recreating them, basis your understanding and expertise. That’s exactly what designer Sandeep Menon does with a traditional image he has grown up with. He gives it a twist and renders it in a new form. He explains how.

Traditional Influences

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5. The Techniques For Realistic Illustrations

 

The more you read, the more you learn and the closer you reach to become a perfectionist. Nithin Rao has shared his knowledge through a tutorial for an illustration (digital art), helping the learners grow at a faster pace.

Nithin Rao - Tutorial

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6. A Steady Approach to Connect With the Subject!

 

Concept Artist, Sahil Trivedishares his process of adding various layers to his work, and balancing the colour palette and light, to produce an effective and impactful design. He feels connecting to work in a steady and gradual process which helps optimise the final outcome.

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subject

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7. Magic Sparkle of Colour on the Cover!

 

Though we are a country full of festivals all around the year, but this special time of year when not only you change your calendar but also the gifts, family dinners, celebrations and new year resolutions all makes it a special time in everyone’s life. Nithin Rao Kumblekar decided to capture this memorable time for the cover of Creative Gaga. Here he explains his thought process and step by step tutorial.

Step by step tutorial here

 


8. Let’s Create a Warrior From the Fantasy World

 

A character is incomplete without its costumes, props and environment. Especially if it belongs to the world of fantasy. Therefore, to render a character in totality, one should be very clear of its complete image right from the beginning. Concept artist Milton Das explains creating an artwork of a warrior, complete with its accessories. Here is the step by step process.

Warrior
Warrior

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9. Learn Depth of Details to Create Mystical Environment!

 

Freelance Illustrator and Concept Artist, Ranjeet Singh, tries to depict magnification and perspective through his fantasy digital painting of a huge bull and a tiny wizard amidst a majestic and mystical environment. He emphasises on paying specific attention to the details of lighting, depth, tone and the likes, so as to achieve the conceived visuals.

Details

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They easily make us laugh, but caricature design is a tough form to master. Here, one has to feel the expression and manifest it through the use of colours and exaggerations. Keya Mahata dwells on these to bring characters to life. Below, she takes us through a demonstration for caricature design of Steven Tyler.

Caricature

Step 1 

At first, various high resolution reference images of the subject are selected which are then arranged on a layer in Photoshop. A jpeg file of the reference is created as well.

Caricature

Step 2 

This is followed by using a white page Photoshop as a canvas. Then, using a 19 pt brush, started drawing. While drawing a caricature, it’s important to retain the basic form and character of the Steven Tyler and simultaneously exaggerating what is necessary.

Caricature

Step 3 

This way, full drawing of the subject is completed. While doing so, focus on the expression and never deviate from it.

Caricature

Step 4 

The layer is then copied and coloured in. A de-saturated colour is used to make it soft.

Caricature

Step 5 

Once coloured in, the opacity of the brush is reduced and the colours are merged. The teeth are made yellow with some bits of grayish colour to resemble the real person.

Caricature

Step 6 

Once the facial colours are set, detailing of the face is carried out. This includes wrinkles of the eye to making his singing posture. One thing to take note of is the filling in of a darker shade in one side of the character’s face in order to give it 3D feel.

Caricature

Step 7 

In this step, some off white colour on nose, tongue and check is also used to give a highlight.

Caricature

Step 8 

Once, the colouring in of the face is completed, the body is started off with.

Caricature

Step 9 

For the body, once again a desaturated colour tone is used. It’s important to maintain wrinkles to maintain his aged body.

Caricature

Step 10 

Once the body is finished, the focus is on the hair. Gentle brushes are used to soften this area. Various shades of browns and blondes are used to define volume and depth.

Caricature

Step 11

Dark brown and shade of gray is used for the dark part of the hair.

Caricature

Step 12

This particular shade makes the hair appear soft and effortless.

Caricature

Step 13

After careful finish of the hair, additional detailing is carried out using a brush on shape dynamic mode. A brush on colour dodge mode is also used to add highlight.

Caricature

Step 14

Once hair is completed, a little bit of highlight is added on the whole figure.

Caricature

Step 15

After fully finishing hair and body, the background is coloured in with semi-violet. Some yellow is also added to establish lighting, giving the overall design a bright look. A large brush is used for this step.

Caricature

Step 16 

The lemon yellow colour is softened and then blended with the violet background.

Caricature

Step 17

A spotlight is then created using off white colour and a round brush.

Caricature

Step 18

Once the whole body, hair and background is finished, selected areas are infused with shadows using brushes on multiply mode.

Caricature

Step 19 

Finally, the caricature design is finished with the addition of slight brushing and leveling.

Product and Automobile Design

Published in Issue 27

This issue explores one of the widely discussed product design and automobile #design which is very close to our heart. We spoke to few leading names to find out the future of product design and understand the Indian designer sensibilities and practices. Everyone believe that it’s not just functionality but also the visual appeal of the product which plays a crucial in the success of a product. This issue is a bundle of inspirations and insights from the well know product and automobile designers. A must read which you will enjoy for sure.

 

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The more you read, the more you learn and the closer you reach to become a perfectionist. Nithin Rao has shared his knowledge through a tutorial for an illustration, helping the learners grow at a faster pace.

There are certain things that one must be careful before starting out with an illustration. Nithin Rao mentions some of these things before instructing through a step by step tutorial for the creation of a digital illustration.

It is always good to have the scene and story set in your mind before designing character as this helps in better ideation while sketching, thus resulting in a rapid design development. This also eases out the process of research for references.

 

Read through this detailed instruction guide and create a realistic illustration.

Step 1

Start by doing a basic line sketch of your character, keep perfecting it until and unless you are fully satisfied with your sketch.

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Step 2

Once the sketch is in place, it’s time to set the mood of the visual by roughly doing the light and shades. It can be grey or any monochromatic color. Sometimes, putting basic colors helping to get a glimpse of how the final image might look like.

 

In this particular image, Nithin is creating an evening sky with more of an orangish tint than blue and to make the visual more dramatic, he has given the main light source from behind. This is a tricky situation as the reflection of the sky will act as another light source from the front of the characters.

Nithin Rao - Tutorial

Step 3

Create different layers for every new object and also for objects that overlap. Using the pen tool for selection is simple and makes it easier to edit the selection while working on it.

 

For instance, Nithin has made a different layer for the creatures left leg since it is easier to color its body when the leg is on the top layer.

 

Also, keep in mind to create minimum layers as too many layers cause confusion and slow down the work. Mind it, layers are created to make the work faster, they shouldn’t hamper the work process!

Step 4

Start in the traditional way by coloring the face with basic tones. Never add dark shades or highlights in the beginning. The final light and shades can be decided only after the completion of the background.

 

Once decent textures are achieved, then move on to other parts of the illustration.

Step 5

The same technique of beginning coloring with basic shades and then adjusting the shades as per requirements should be followed for all the parts of the illustration.

Step 6

The creature in this illustration is furry and creating a fur texture is painful if done without a brush.

 

To create the brush first paint the kind of hair texture that is needed on a new layer in shades of black. To not make it look identical, paint about 7 to 12 hairlines. Then select Edit>DefineBrush Preset> Name the brush and save it as a brush for future use.

Step 7

Once back to the artwork, the new brush will already be selected.

 

Go to Window and select Brush settings. Give some spacing and overlap a little bit of the edge to maintain continuity.

 

Then select Shape Dynamics >AngleJitter >direction, this will help you paint smoothly in the angle needed.

Step 8

Start painting with mid-tones. Once decent light and shades are achieved, then start adding the highlights.

 

The brush may not work in some areas. To break the repetitive feel on the texture, start painting individual hairlines using soft round brush or any other brush that you are comfortable with.

 

The fur surface becomes interesting when lit from a background. For this, show some high light on all the edges.

Step 9

Eyes are Nithin’s favourite parts to paint as they are the easiest of all!

 

If one understands how the effect of light works on crystal, diamond or water droplets, then painting eyes is no big deal as the same technique is applied here as well!

 

Follow the steps below to paint the eyes.

Step 10

Wanting the nose to look like a dog’s, Nithin has created another brush for this texture.

 

Painting the texture on a different layer, he then changes the layer into Soft Light from the layer pallet option. This gives the texture the highlights and darker shades based on the below layer, which was painted with the basic color tones on the nose.

Step 11

He has created yet another brush for the grass and painted individual grass separately. Sometimes making grass requires more than one brush.

Step 12

Since the character is right in the middle, multiple layers of grass need to be shown. After painting the ground, a soft shadow of the characters should be added for depth.

Step 13

Now is the time to add some clouds. Using reference images for adding clouds are of great help for beginners.

Step 14

With all the surfaces painted, sometimes there arises a need to add a color gradient to the entire illustration.

 

In this case, Nithin has added a yellow tone on top of all the layers to make it impressive. He has also added some dust particles on the illustration to create a dramatic mood and feel.

Step 15

The last step is to give the final touches to the characters which include adding sharp highlights.

 

To make the illustration look realistic, one can add hills in the background, painting them light and dark.

Freelance Illustrator and Concept Artist, Ranjeet Singh, tries to depict magnification and perspective through his fantasy digital painting of a huge bull and a tiny wizard amidst a majestic and mystical environment. He emphasises on paying specific attention to the details of lighting, depth, tone and the likes, so as to achieve the conceived visuals.

Paying enough attention to detail is what it mostly takes to transmit the desired effect onto a canvas. Ranjeet Singh expresses and displays how the characters and surrounding elements in a visual come together and interact with each other, providing meaningful context to an illustration when aspects such as contrast, detail, light and tone of colour are effectively managed to create balanced imagery.

Step 1

To begin with, the white canvas was dyed blue to give it a feel of gradient. Using a brush, a sketch of the subject was then made to have a blueprint of the imagery. For sketching and painting, Adobe Photoshop was used with Wacom Intuos and different custom-made brushes.

Step 2

The next step was to paint the clouds and fog in the background, elements that were key and essential to determining the context of the overall imagery. At the same time, it was also necessary to lay a basic tone in the characters, thereby merging and maintaining a balance between the different layers.

Step 3

The next step in line, vitally, was to give a dark tone and a somewhat blue light to showcase and highlight the details in muscle. Details like these in the character, and some patches in foreground too, contributed to creating the desired effect and visual experience through the setting and the subject. It goes on to add the much-desired depth and substance to the picture.

Step 4

As the light source was chosen to be shown from the top, lighter toned colours were used on the character. This was followed by blending those layers to create a uniformly balanced effect and set the overall graphic tone and feel of the visual.

Step 5

While detailing further, the niceties of the characters were highlighted additionally by providing more of light and dark coloured patches. They were particularly highlighted by giving yellow and white light patches, before accumulating more patches onto the foreground with custom made brushes.

Step 6

Closer to the final stage, further touch-work was done upon the details, trying to enhance and better view and effect. For example, the foreground was painted to be denser or deeper, and a light blue fog effect was added to create an appealing contrast.

Step 7

The final step was to add some more sharpness to the final digital painting. This gave the much-needed touch of finesse to the image, providing it with depth of detail and a realistic feel.

Published in Issue 38

Each year around this time, many fresh young talented designers come out as design graduates to join the best of studios and agencies. Despite many find the perfect fit for their talent but still majority faces many dilemmas and questions. So with this issue, we try to explore different views from many well-known studio owners and senior designers. While Anthony Lopez of Lopez Design shared tips on what a studio looks for in a designer, Mohar Ray from Codesign highlights the key aspects that play a significant role and make the difference in whether you are hired or not as a promising designer.

 

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Kevin Roodhorst shows us through the process he adopted to transform a stock image of the Buddha into one that represents the mysticism and divinity the being represents.

Classic Image to Supernatural!

The stock photos that were used were bought on shutterstock.com. Working step by step on the image, aspects of mystical dimensions were slowly developed by adding external elements, colour balance, textures and the likes, thereby providing a supernatural quality to the overall imagery of the enlightened being.

Transforming

Step 1

This was used as the input image for the project. The main idea was to bring forth the underlying aura or vibe of holiness and divinity to the otherwise straightforward imagery that can be seen over here.

Transforming

Step 2

Started with masking the Buddha statue with the brush tool in quick mask mode. Once masked, a hole was created in the middle of the concrete pieces that had to be placed on top. This served as a base for the process that was to follow.

Transforming

Step 3

Here, the concrete pieces were integrated together and some shade was added to it, as well. The shade was made with curves. In the same way, the colour of the concrete was also adjusted with the colour balance and curve layers.

Transforming

Step 4

On top, a nice water stock photo was placed with some rocks on the side. It was then adjusted to tone with a curve layer, further adjusting the colour with a colour balance layer. The layer itself was set to screen mode while, for the central portion, an underwater cave stock photo that had been set to screen mode was used.

Transforming

Step 5

A nice looking coral stock photo was further picked up. For the basic underwater look, a solid colour blue adjustment was used on soft- light. The same solid colour was used for integration of the diver’s layer on soft-light along with some curves for the highlights and shadows.

Transforming

Final

A boat and some fishes were also used around the coral. The most important part was to make it look underwater, which can only be done by making it hazy i.e. brushing soft paint strokes of blue around the Buddha and lowering the opacity by quite a bit. Also, the particles around the Buddha brought a lot of realism. These are just tiny white dots with a lowered opacity and some gaussian blur applied. To make the Buddha look old, a lot of textures was added on top of it. Used cracked ground stock photos, likewise, were set to multiply or darken.

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Published in Issue 42

Every designer wish to be independent and willing to jump into the word of freelance but most of them unaware of the fundamental challenges of the initial phase. So, we dedicated this issue to freelancers and interviewed some established and talented designers to dig deep for the expert advice. Kevin Roodhorst on the other hand, an experienced freelancer from Amsterdam, has recently shifted to be a full-timer with an Agency says “Freelancing is not all roses!” and shared the best way to survive as a freelancer! So, whether you are a freelancer or planning to be one, this issue is a must-read. Go ahead and order your copy here or subscribe to not miss any future issues!

 

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