Category Archives: Schoolism

May The 4th Be With You!

Star Wars day! From the moment I first discovered it, I loved the idea of May the 4th (May the Force) belonging to the movie franchise celebration. As many people around the world, I too have watched the latest edition The Force Awakens. I love that the main character is a girl! Finally. I’ve always loved Princess Leah, too, but I have also felt the lack of other female characters in the series. With the ratio of women usually surpassing the ratio of men in the world, do you not agree that there should be a greater balance between male and female roles in the movies? Even in this film there is only Rey and Princess Leah.

So let this day be a call to sex equality (feminist movement for those of you who did not know): May the 4th be with you!

Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens | Rey

Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens | Rey

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Now that’s out of the way, I have an announcement to make: Yesterday, I went back to school.

I’m studying Digital Publishing and Production at Ryerson. The course is taught by David Ward and Shannon Culver. Most of my classmates are ladies, there is only one gentleman, and somehow I volunteered to be a Class Rep. After Sheridan College I said: “Never again!” But there you have it. It should not involve too much work, and I just could not NOT volunteer when the lady from the CESAR (Continuing Education students Association of Ryerson) was standing right in front of me.

Yesterday, the class mostly involved getting to know each other, getting to know the course and our instructors, and being tested on our computer abilities. I met my row of lovely ladies consisting of Carol and two Irenes.

I have already learned some things: most of the eBook customers are women between ages 35-55 (I never would have guessed this, I believed eBooks were read mostly by students); HTML programming is called “Markup” in the publishing industry (or is it called “Markup” in every industry); and there is a new classification for books–New Adult (YA with more risqué content).

Our diagnostic test was quite a challenge, and boy did I scribble all over it. I think I may have lost my touch for taking tests. I remember my papers were sickeningly neat in high school, but then again I do not think that I have taken a test since high school… In college we mostly submitted work for marking… Maybe in the Animation History class with Kai Pindal?

In the classroom we have MACs with enormous monitors–I think those monitors are way too large. I feel as if I need to move a row away to look at the entire screen at the same time.

Next week we begin studying “markup”. I can’t wait! It looks as if this class will teach me how to build eBooks from nothing, so that maybe I can program my own books with less code, resulting in a smaller file. Since I’m mostly a PC lady, I’ll need to download Notepad++. In class we will be using TextWrangler.

I’ll keep you updated regarding these lessons.

Regarding my Schoolism lessons, I have decided to skip Assignment number 6. I’m not inspired by it, and since I’m not getting marked by anyone, I may as well work on something I need to, rather than waste time on something I feel I know: rhythm and balance.

That’s it for this post. I feel as if I have been sending my words out into empty space, so if you are reading this type a quick comment to let me know you’re alive.

Until next time:

Sayonara!

Mili

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Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, and author, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Currently, Mili is working on her first ever illustrated Fantasy novel, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent a war with dragon-people, while keeping her mission a secret from her over-protective mother.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.

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Designing Warriors of Virtue Cover Art Part 16

(A.K.A. Schoolism Pictorial Composition Week 05)

Video 16: If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/zVpSDdl3AJU

You can find out more about the Warriors of Virtue fantasy series by clicking on the link.

Iridescent Capes

On DeviantArt I found this wonderful tutorial by Chrishanhah on creating iridescence. After painting the iridescence as suggested, I decided to use the Magic Wand tool to select the inside of the capes that are to be made iridescent. Then I reversed the Selection, and erased the iridescent layer so that only the inside of the capes would be covered with paint. At the beginning of Video 16 I follow the steps suggested in the tutorial, but I got stuck in Part II. After applying different Blending Modes to the image, there were 4 I liked.

It is at this point that I reached out to the Social Community. I asked everyone who saw the post to tell me which blending mode they preferred.

(A Blending Mode allows the user of Photoshop to change the “blending” of the active layer. It can be found in the Layer’s Palette. I do not really understand the terms, but I think they have to do something with photography. In general, I just experiment with the effects and see which one I like.)

Blending Mode Question

Which Blending Mode do you like?

A friend of mine suggested I should use Colour Burn blending mode, but add some bright lights from the Hard Light mode. She was right. It ended my qualms about the work, and it made it look much better than I thought it would.

After finishing the iridescence of the capes, I had to fix the shadow. Then I move on to adding lighting to Lord Malachite’s eyes, using the same approach I used with the warriors.

Painting Stars

A while back, because I did not like the provided Photoshop brushes, I created my own star brush. I found several images of the Universe on Google, and I used these images as reference for adding stars around the warriors. In the story, when the chosen humans become Warriors of Virtue by merging their spirits with those of the elemental spirits, they are in a chamber which is flooded with the “illusion” of them standing in the middle of the Universe as they take their vows. I have chosen this scene for the main cover, because I feel that it introduces the characters and gives the audience a glimpse of what the book is about better than any other individual scene. However, looking at my cover up to this point, I wondered if adding stars may make the work too busy. In the end, I decided to add the stars, because I find it irritating when the cover art does not represent the scene from the book truthfully. Recently, I read a book where a girl wore a red dress in the story, but they made the dress purple on the cover. Artistically, I get that the Art Director wanted to keep the book visually separate from the first book in the series, but I don’t think the action was necessary. I would have bought the book even if she wore the red dress.

If you are reading this, I’m curious to see your thoughts: Do you find the discrepancies between the artwork and the story irritating, or do you not care?

An interesting thing about stars is that they are not all the same colour, so I decided to add colours from the elemental powers in the image. I added each star manually. I did not use a pattern brush, because I find patterns jarring. Then for the bigger stars I went back in and gave them a brighter center.

Adding The Title

Oy vay! I do not like adding titles.

I would not mind so much if I knew how to keep the letters neat to design my own font in Photoshop, but whenever I try to do this, they look absolutely dreadful. Designing fonts is an art in itself, and though I did have one assignment in school where I was required to design a font, that was one assignment in years of study. I did design a Warriors of Virtue font. As the video continues, I tried to use the provided font, but then I spent quite a bit of time sketching in the Warriors of Virtue font (most of this video is sped up to 8000% original speed. The part when I sketch the Warriors of Virute font I’ve sped up 16000%.)

I sketched it in, was playing around with its placement, when my sister walks through the door and tells me to use a simple font, because the rest of the image is busy.

Bwoom! My mind is blown.

Originally, I was going to have a graphic image of the tree (the one in the center of Warriors of Virtue’s uniforms) on a black background as the cover (a very boring cover), so fancy font would stand out. However, after looking at the image I painted, I agreed with my sister: a simple font will work better.

Not too simple. When I added the plain Arial font (my favourite font—maybe because I am a Libra and Arial speaks to my sense of simplicity and balance), it did not belong to the rest of the image. In spite of my sister protesting all the way, I decided to change the size of the letters at the beginning and end, to create more visual interest. I tried to do the same with my name, but on second thought I decided to keep the name simple. I want the reader to see the image, then the title, then my name.

To make the font fit the image better, I decided to make it look golden, to echo the embroidery of the Warriors of Virtue’s tunic. I did this by adding a layer of gradation above my font layer, then from the top menu I chose Layer > Create Clipping Mask. Afterwards I used the Dodge and Burn tools to make the font look shiny.

I went into Layer options and added Stroke of middling opacity and dark-blue colour I used for shading around the font to make it stand out better from the image. After considering the image, I decided to push back Malachite’s eyes by changing the opacity, so it looks as if they are emerging from shadows. I also made my name less shiny. As I said, I want the reader to see the image, read the title, then my name.

The font works, the image works, but there is still something not quite right with the image. Can you tell me what?

Warriors of Virtue Cover 01

There is something not right with this cover. Can you think of a way to make it better?

I think I figured it out, but I forgot to record the last edit. You can see the final cover image in the following post.

Until then, I hope you enjoyed seeing me create my first digital painting ever from scratch. Thank you for watching and thank you for reading.

Love,

Mili

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Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.

Currently, Mili is working on her first ever illustrated Fantasy novel, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent a war with the dragon-people, while keeping her mission a secret from her over-protective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

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Designing Warriors of Virtue Cover Art Part 13

(A.K.A. Schoolism Pictorial Composition Week 05)

Video 13: If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/kcSZu9aUnyE

You can find out more about the Warriors of Virtue fantasy series by clicking on the link.

First of all an important reminder to save your work if you are working digitally. Today, I painted shadows for over an hour, and though I saved the Photoshop file, I did not stop my Camtasia recording in time. Therefore, the recording vanished and I had to begin again!

The good news is that the first attempt at painting shadows has taught me how to go about it, so the recorded video above of the second attempt involves less trial and error.

Since I do not want to paint outside of the characters, in this video I begin to pain shadows by selecting the characters. If you look at my Layers Panel you will notice that I have merge the three characters onto one layer. I did this by selecting the layers I wanted, right clicking, and choosing Merge Layers from the pop-up menu. I had to do this, because my computer could not handle the large size of the file. I have also gotten rid of some other layers, so that now I only have the essentials I need for the painting.

I selected the characters by using the Magic Wand Tool. With only my characters visible, I clicked on the background then chose Select>Inverse (Shift+Control+I) from the top menu. Then I removed additional unwanted bits by holding Alt key and clicking on the area with my magic wand.

Next I saved my selection by choosing Select>Save Selection. This way if for some reason my selection disappears, I can load it again. Note: by saving your selection, you also create a new channel in your Channels Panel.

With my characters selected, in the Layers Panel, I’ve created a new layer just above my characters. For simple shadows (shadows that are painted on 2D characters), I would paint the shadows in flat colour than change the opacity of the layer to a desired shadow effect. However, since this image is more three dimensional, I had to paint three dimensional shadows.

I chose a standard soft Photoshop brush, the softest brush I could find. Then I brought the opacity level of the brush (if you have the tool selected you can find these options in the bar underneath the top menu) to 10% and then I turned on the pen sensitivity for Opacity, Flow, and sometimes I would add the Airbrush to the combination as well.

The worst thing you can do when you are painting shadows is to have streaks. You create streaks by going over and over the painted layer. Instead, what you want to do is paint as large an area as possible, then only add more shadow to the layer where it is needed. The larger the brush the softer the effect. This gradual layering of paint reminds me of working traditionally with watercolour.

When I create unwanted lines, I try to remove them carefully with an Eraser Tool that has the same level of Opacity and Flow as the Brush Tool. Sometimes this works, and sometimes it doesn’t. There may be a better way of creating gradual shading with digital painting using Layers, but I have not yet made the discovery. My painting is also not movie quality smooth. I actually wanted more textures and a few lines showing (a more painterly effect), so a few lines here and there in the shadows do not take away from the entire work.

Here is the complete painting up to this point:

 since I do not want to paint outside of the characters

Note: This is not the final cover. This is the art resulting at the end of Video 13.

In the following video I will attempt to add light using the Adjustment Panel as N. F. suggest in his tutorial video. I have never done this before, so wish me luck!

If you have any questions, you can ask them in the comments, or if you wish to keep your inquiry private, feel free to contact me.

Cheers!

Mili

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club. For a limited time your gift is the Beta version of Episode 01 of Warriors of Virtue. As always, I only write when it is important or to give gifts. I hate spam and will never share your email address.

 

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Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.

Currently, Mili is working on her first ever illustrated Fantasy novel, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent a war with the dragon-people, while keeping her mission a secret from her over-protective mother.

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Designing Warriors of Virtue Cover Art Part 12

(A.K.A. Schoolism Pictorial Composition Week 05)

Video 12: If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/tsAxi4YdJs4

You can find out more about the Warriors of Virtue fantasy series by clicking on the link.

In this video I’ve decided to add details to the Warrior of Virtue uniform. Inspired by the white tree of Gondor, I’ve added an embroidered apple tree (my favourite fruit at the time) studded with ruby apples to the front of the uniforms. The tree is surrounded by circles and crescent moons. The circles should be the sun to represent night and day vigilance of the warriors, but I’m not 100% sure. Instead of flat colour I’ve added lines to the design to look as if it was created by sowing. Then I realized that the surrounding pattern was too light, so I added more colour.

In the second half of the video I paint the elemental powers. I start with Nenya and the power of water. I’ve never really painted water before, but by typing “water power” into Google’s search engine, I got a lot of interesting images (Did I mention how much I love Google?). For the wind I knew that I wanted to show particles. Therefore, I spent some time designing my own brush. I’m still not sure about the lighting, but I do like the shape of Viliya’s whirlwind. The last is Narya’s fire.

After completing this part of the video, I went back to the Schoolism Pictorial Composition Lesson #5. I was not quite sure what N. F. did to create light groups, but thankefully two Facebook Group members responded to my enquiry. I’ll attempt to follow their advice in the next video.

I’ve also had an epiphany for a very simple Warrior of Virtue cover. Thinking about shadows, I thought about having the water warrior and a dragon as shadows, and a simple monochromatic cover. I’m a huge fan of Drew Struzan, so I like the painted image, but the shadows may be more sophisticated? What do you think?

Warriors of Virtue Simple Cover Design Ideas

I’m thinking of a blue background with black warrior character, blue-black dragon, and a glowing area showing the Warrior’s power.

Cheers!

Mili

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Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.

Currently, Mili is working on her first ever illustrated Fantasy novel, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent a war with the dragon-people, while keeping her mission a secret from her over-protective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

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Designing Warriors of Virtue Cover Art Part 11

(A.K.A. Schoolism Pictorial Composition Week 05)

Video 11: If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/KyWC9orjd8I

You an find out more about the  Warriors of Virtue fantasy series by clicking on the link.

In this video I continue to add form to the characters. I tend to add form by painting light and shadow areas. However, for the Schoolism Assignment I’ve been given a challenge of adding light and shadow digitally after painting everything without a definite source of light. You may note me deviate from this somewhat, but by the end of the video I think I have finally reached the lighting stage of the project.

In the second half of the video you can also watch as I paint Lord Malachite’s dragon eyes. I had quite the trouble blending the surfaces until I decided to mask the area and use a soft edge brush.

As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Until next time…

>>HUGGS<<

Mili

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club. For a limited time your gift is the Beta version of Episode 01 of Warriors of Virtue. As always, I only write when it is important or to give gifts. I hate spam and will never share your email address.

 

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Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.

Currently, Mili is working on her first ever illustrated Fantasy novel, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent a war with the dragon-people, while keeping her mission a secret from her over-protective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

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Designing Warriors of Virtue Cover Art Part 10

(A.K.A. Schoolism Pictorial Composition Week 05)

Video 10: If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/Bep7wQ_D0SE

It has been a while since my last post. My life is finally allowing me to continue working on the Warriors of Virtue cover.

I’m painting, fleshing out more of the characters, costumes, and details. However, I do think I’m too slow. This way of illustrating is taking too long. I think if I was working in traditional media that I would be done by now. I’m actually considering switching from the Pictorial Composition Schoolism course to one of the introduction painting courses, since there has to be a better way to paint digitally. If professional digital painters were working like this, they would never get anything done.

I think I may also do a traditional painting of this cover art for comparison. I want to see how long it would take me to complete the work traditionally, then I will choose which one I will use for the cover.

What I also love about painting traditionally is that I will be left with an actual painting that I may eventual sell to a fan, or giveaway in a future contest.

If you are a digital painter, can you tell me what I’m doing wrong?

Thanks in advance.

Until next time…

>>HUGGS<<

Mili

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club. For a limited time your gift is the Beta version of Episode 01 of Warriors of Virtue. As always, I only write when it is important or to give gifts. I hate spam and will never share your email address.

 

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Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.

Currently, Mili is working on her first ever illustrated Fantasy novel, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent a war with the dragon-people, while keeping her mission a secret from her over-protective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

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Designing Warriors of Virtue Cover Art Part 09

(A.K.A. Schoolism Pictorial Composition Week 05)

Video 09: If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/1MvTazxVvyw

I only had about an hour to work on this next video. In it I’m trying to flesh out Nikolina. I want to give her form, but I’m still not lighting the character, because I’m not sure how I want her lit. In the book, there is a white light cast on these characters from above. The elements they are wielding also have their own glow and colour.

For now I’m concentrating on just creating these characters out of nothing.

Until next time…

>>HUGGS<<

Mili

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Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.

Currently, Mili is working on her first ever illustrated Fantasy novel, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent a war with the dragon-people, while keeping her mission a secret from her over-protective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

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Designing Warriors of Virtue Cover Art Part 07 & 08

(A.K.A. Schoolism Pictorial Composition Week 05)

Video 07: If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/jxMZbuSOAuc

Video 08: If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/ILqs3z5w21w

In these videos I continue to paint. I’m trying to figure out how to flesh out and round the character, while maintaining brushstrokes. I find it rather difficult, because digital paint does not behave like actual paint. If I want to add a shadow, it comes on too strong, and I cannot suddenly feather my brush to blend the line into the paint. Instead, I pick up the near colour with the Eye Dropper Tool (by pressing Alt while I’m still using the paintbrush) then I hope that by keeping my strokes on the Cintiq light and feathery the colours would somehow blend.

I find that the brush I’m using has too hard edges. However, when I select a soft brush, it has too soft edges. I can’t seem to find a happy medium, but if I can figure out how to paint the main character’s face, everything else should be easy. 🙂

I think I’ll devote the next two days to editing the book, so that maybe I can come at the painting with fresh eyes and a rested brain.

Until then…

Love,

Mili

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Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.

Currently, Mili is working on her first ever illustrated Fantasy novel, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent a war with the dragon-people, while keeping her mission a secret from her over-protective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

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Designing Warriors of Virtue Cover Art Part 05 & 06

(A.K.A. Schoolism Pictorial Composition Week 05)

Video 05: If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/oaSwa4uze0Y

Video 06: If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/fZzxYcbypbY

Last night just before I went to seep I had an epiphany: I should paint digitally the way I would paint on a canvas!

This may seem obvious to you, but I am a trained 2D animator and the only digital painting I have ever done was underneath strong line art. Yesterday, that is how I begun this work as well. Then the epiphany struck.

When painting on a canvas, I always paint over my artwork. I work in translucent layers so that I can see my sketch, and when necessary I go back and redraw bits an pieces of my sketch with a pencil crayon. I do not toss confident brushstrokes, but instead I explore the persons or characters I paint as I slowly build them up from nothing.

I chose a textured brush and kept the opacity pressure sensitive. I would get strange lines in my work, but that’s alright. I find that sketchiness and imperfections in an artwork somehow make it feel more real. My favourite artist are Monet and Drew Struzan after all. My favourite digital artist who is responsible for me wanting to attempt digital art at all is Selenada. I work by building up layers of paint. I find in this way that the translucency and the different paints under the painting also make the work feel more real than if I was trying for photographic accuracy. There is movement in brushstrokes and liveliness that cannot be achieved with smooth blending. I am a painter not a photographer, why should I aim for photographic accuracy?

The challenge is also figuring out how “real” I want this work to feel. The proportions are that of a cartoon and the inside of the book is illustrated with ink line art. Should I bring in the ink line back to the work?

For now, I’ll focus on painting, but I may need your input to answer those questions soon.

Until next time…

Cheers!

Mili

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club. I only write when it is important or to give gifts. I hate spam and I will never share your email address.

 

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Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.

Currently, Mili is working on her first ever illustrated Fantasy novel, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent a war with the dragon-people, while keeping her mission a secret from her over-protective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

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Designing Warriors of Virtue Cover Art Part 04

(A.K.A. Schoolism Pictorial Composition Week 05)

If you cannot see the embedded video: https://youtu.be/OxC8BlUHEkc

In this video I begin by designing a star brush. To save my brush I choose Edit > Save Brush Preset. The key to creating a brush in Photoshop is to remember that the brushes should be designed in Grayscale (or only using Black on a White background).  What is black will be 100% opaque. Gray is relatively opaque; the closer to the black the more opaque it becomes. White is transparent.

The greatest trouble I have when painting digitally is that I do not know how to reproduce the brushstrokes I can create with my physical brushes. For now, I have selected a round brush. I’m also trying to keep the transparency of paint there by shrinking the opacity to about 86%. For my next round, I may try to keep the brush opacity also relative to pen pressure sensitivity.

In Schoolism Pictorial Composition Week 05 Lesson, Fowkes showed us several ways of painting digitally. I was debating whether to paint everything in Grayscale first then colour it, but in the end, I decided to try the Local Colour + Form + Light approach.

Let’s hope this experiment works out, otherwise I’ll have to start painting from scratch and maybe try the Grayscale + Colouring  + Light approach.

Until next time…

Cheers!

Mili

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Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.

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