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This week features the topic pick of our 3rd Place Winner of the TLDB Scavenger Hunt, Adam Laarsen! Adam's pick: Lord of the Rings Villains.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sasquatch

I hadn't done a digital painting in a bit so decided I'd put a very quick one together for this week's topic. Hope you enjoy it!



I had initially thought about putting a flying saucer up in the left corner above his head, as if to indicate that he's part of an alien invasion or that he'd crash landed in an attempt to escape pursuit. I may go back and add that later. For now, here's my "Sasquatch" digital painting.

You can check out more of my work at www.robertelrodllc.com.

All the best!
Robert

22 comments:

  1. The color and details on his face are killer. Love to see some bigfoot love on here!

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    1. Thanks, my man! I probably should have done a bright rim light on his fur to help him pop out of the background some more. I think the adjustment layers evened things out a little more than I had anticipated / meant it to. Ah well. It was a quick piece.

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    2. I love how you saw 3 hours is a quick piece lol.

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    3. I've spent much longer on others.

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    1. Thanks, Rob! The Farger loves you, bud!

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  3. Wow. Killer lighting! That hair must have been tedious, but it looks great. Great job.

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    1. Thanks, my friend! The hair was a lot of work but I enjoy doing that sort of thing. I feel like it's something I'm pretty good at doing. As I mentioned in my response to Kevin, I probably should have come back through with a brighter color and added a little more to that rim lighting on his fur to help bring him out of that background a little more. Good enough for now. Thanks again!!!

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    2. Do you do a value sketch underneath?

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    3. I did a very loose sketchy layer first, then a layer with some gray tones and then just started adding color and details. I could send you a layered file if you want to check it out.

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    4. Sure! Just curious about how you got the luminous effect on the face. Did you paint that in last, or was it part of the tones?

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    5. I went back and took a look and I had flattened the sasquatch layers. Here's what I remember doing, however. When I first painted the monster, he wasn't quite as dark. I flattened everything (I guess) and then copied the layer with the sasquatch on it. One of the layers I made darker. The lighter one was set above the darker one and then I used a layer mask to expose the area that I wanted lighter. I played around with levels, brightness & contrast, etc. until I got the relationship I wanted between the face and the rest of him. After I got that figured out, I flattened it again. Then I copied that layer and used the dodge tool to create those highlights on the name, lips and in his eyes. You have to be very careful with the dodge tool and not overuse it. I had to turn down the opacity of the layer with the dodged in highlights because it got a little too "hot". I hope that's helpful. If not, we can get together sometime and I'll show you what I'm trying to explain verbally. :-)

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  4. Love the quick sketch, I might have to put more time into mine. Well until I get more page work.

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    1. Your yeti looks awesome, Nate! Thanks for the kind words!

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  5. Love those brow ridges! And his scary eyes.

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  6. Beautiful Yeti action here Robert, deep and alluring with an underlying sense of historical dread. Awesome!

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    1. You're a helluva nice guy for saying all of those sweet things to me, my friend! Oh, you have the best pillow talk!!! ;-)

      Thanks so very much!!!

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