From one beginner to another

Drawing doesn't really come naturally to me, even though I'm not too bad at it. I can't help creating images in my head, which I find time consuming to convey on to paper.

I've been using Adobe Photoshop since the 1990's, mainly to edit photographs along side Quark Express, InDesign, Freehand and Illustrator.
Over the years I have noticed some really impressive artwork flying around the web and in magazines. After subscribing to ImagineFX in 2006 I realised that some of this amazing artwork was being created within Photoshop.

In 2008 I decided it was time for me to have a go myself. It was a slow process and after almost giving up due to my lack of anatomy skills I had no choice but to acquire some help from Poser. After completing this particular work I needed an aid to increase workflow time and be able to visualise 3D more productively.

artwork created using poser and photoshop
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The Power of Photoshop

I'd used Photoshop for years. However after witnessing some of the results other artists were producing, I decided it was time to have a go myself. The Layers option opens up all sorts of possibilities.

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Sketch

Not a very good one, but it gave me the layout information I needed.

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Photo Reference

I always wanted to use this location for something, so I kept it to one side. Then the image of 'Vulnerable' came into my head and the location seemed to fit perfectly. The photo helped with layout, perspective and distance. This increased my workflow speed. I really don't think my skills are good enough to create this type of location without photo reference.

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Digital Sketch

A couple of months after my original sketch I drew this sketch in Photoshop on the base layer.

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Poser Model

Next I created my model using Poser6 for the first time. I was really impressed with the result. Again this increased the speed of my workflow.

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Photoshop Brushes

I started on the landscape. Creating my own custom brushes to produce a more satisfying heather finish. The castle walls were drawn in sections, copied and pasted.

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Believing in myself

This was the point where I acctually thought I could pull it off. More brushes were created in Photoshop and variants in colour depth were added.

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Water in Photoshop

I found a really useful tutorial on creating water/reflection in Photoshop.

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Framing & Distance

After adding the model I started thinking about framing and distance and utilised the blur tools in Photoshop.

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