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It was time to change my viewpoint
again... I detailed the plants to the left and added some light from the top.
I did the same thing to the midground behind the waterfall, adding
shiny fog. For more contrast I darkened the foreground (auto
levels) and played with color (color balance). It is important for realism
to get a difference between the grounds. The further away an object is, less colorful
it tends to appear.
Here you can see my layer work. I
added some fog between the for- and midground to get more atmosphere. I also
worked out the foreground with a little more detail. I added some big plants
to the right. In the midground I have added some water. At this point I
change the opacity of my brush regularly, in order to get a more dirty and
unclean look for the environment.
A big step... I think at this time
my idea was fixed! I had a background - a deep dark jungle or forest. A midground
with some rocks or something else... And a fallen tree in foreground
with some lianas hanging up from the top.
Another important trick I
use is to
flip the view. You can then play with the whole look and see the drawing
with fresh eyes..
It is a very useful trick, helping you to see and correct errors you may
otherwise miss. You can also transform anything, another important
reason to work using layers!
I loved the green... so I decided to make a jungle looking picture. Here can you see the foreground, midground
and background. At this stage however I am not sure about the background. I would like to have big
buildings on trees. In the foreground I added some simple lianas and a big broken
Here we go. This picture
was created in Photoshop with a “Wacom Art Marker”. It is a fantastic tool
feels like a real marker (after only a few setups in the brush options).
The first thing I have done is create guidelines with the line tool
(Vanishing point). At this point I had no idea what the image could look
like. I was just drawing. It is was important for me to work using different
layers- foreground, midground and background. Sometimes there could be one or
two “grounds” more. It is up to you. This is important because you can add
anything very easily.
Christian Grajewski is 26 years young and lives in Germany. He studied Product Design in the 8th semester at the
University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover. His passion for
sketching and drawing brought him to study product
design after a friend showed him “the Art of Star Wars”
book. He tells us,
"...from this time I fell in love with these things. My university does
not teach these things so I had to train it myself, but the internet is a
very good teacher... Because of this, I started my Homepage to show my work
and help other people."
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