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Japanese Maple Tree

8 Jan 2011 - While I try to finish the face of the woman (see previous post below), I have started working on a new simple design to put on a long canvas, like the ones in the Designs section of these pages. I normally start by making a sketch on paper using a pencil, then I highlight things using a black marker. This makes the scanning process afterward easier, and produces a better finish. Once on the computer, I further edit the image in Photoshop until I achieve the desired finish. However, this time I decided to do the whole thing in Photoshop using the Wacom Bamboo pen and touch drawing tablet I got for Christmas. It is the first time that I have used one of these things, and I have to say that it is easy to get used to, and works really well. It makes a big difference, especially when it comes to making precise lines. I am looking forward to start making more complex digital images. By the way, to help me on that subject, I have got hold of a copy of Creative Photoshop CS4 by Derek Lea. I have not got too far into it yet, but the tips given so far are quite good and the book is written in a very easy-to-follow sort of way.

Coming back to the design, with this design I wanted to achieve some kind of Japanese feel. So what better things to add than a Japanese maple tree and a Japanese Geisha face. I looked online for inspiration and found some photos of maple trees and Geishas. What you see bellow is as far as I have gone. The tree is probably finished, but I am still playing around with the face of the Geisha, especially the hair and the designs on the dress, which I am not sure I like yet. Also the proportions of the tree and face are not quite right yet.


DESIGN 3, version 1
Designed for a boxed canvas with dimension
width, 150 cm
heigth, 50 cm

22 Jan 2011 - I have decided to alter the initial design, as seen above in version 1. I flipped the tree to the other side and try to make a bit of a younger, and maybe modern, version of the japanese woman. I am still playing around with the hair, but I think I prefer this version already. 

 

DESIGN 3, version 2
Designed for a boxed canvas with dimension
width, 150 cm
heigth, 50 cm
 
These are the photos I used to help me out with the design.

 


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