Create Psychedelic Art Digitally with Artrage 4 | Dee Pei | Skillshare

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Create Psychedelic Art Digitally with Artrage 4

teacher avatar Dee Pei, Artist & Web Developer

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (50m)
    • 1. 1. Introduction

    • 2. 2. Getting Used To Your Tools

    • 3. 3. Creating A Rough Sketch

    • 4. 4. Outlining & Finalizing Your Design

    • 5. 5. Coloring Your Image

    • 6. 6. Multiple Patterns

    • 7. 7. Mirrored Symmetry

    • 8. 8. Rotational Symmetry

    • 9. 9. Additional Features

    • 10. 10. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

In this class you will learn the basics to creating your own symmetrical psychedelic art using Artrage 4. The project will focus on creating some unique psychedelic artwork that fits your personal tastes, but is also going to be easy to create, edit, and will be easy to print and use.

In this class, we will go over:

  • About psychedelic artwork
  • Tools & Software Needed (You will need a drawing tablet and Artrage 4)
  • Pattern Design
  • Mirrored Symmetry
  • Rotational Symmetry
  • Tips and tricks


Upload an exported image file (JPG, PNG, GIF, etc) of your completed design to the Class Projects section.

  • Use the Pattern Symmetry tool in Artrage 4 to create stunning visual effects
  • Be able to use Mirrored Symmetry in your work
  • Be able to use Rotational Symmetry in your work
  • Create high resolution artwork ready for printing

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1. 1. Introduction: If you're a fan of psychedelic art, then this is your class. And if you're not a fan, that I'm wondering why you came here because he must have had some interest in this before clicking on this class. However I it is it doesn't really matter. But I'm just gonna tell you how to create stuff just like this background image in, like, a couple of easy steps and hopefully, whatever you create will be better than this. I just put this together in a couple of minutes just to show you guys a quick demonstration and, yeah, before we proceed onto the lessons, you won't need a couple of tools. So first of all, what you'll need is this software right here called art rage for And if, by the time you're watching this video lesson and art reach five are reached, six or some other newer version of art reaches out, go ahead and get that. Or if you have a software that does the exact same thing, then you could use that to. But this tutorial probably isn't going to be very helpful for that. So this program, you can buy it on their website. W w w dot art rage dot com or you could buy it off 1/3 party service. You can find it all over the place. It's pretty semi popular. It's not like it's not Photoshopped or anything, but it is a very popular third party kind of service. Sorry. I mean, just a non mainstream art program. That's what I meant to say. Go here. They're great. And secondly, you will need a drawing tablet. This could be anything you want. I use away come into us for you could be using it. Sent EQ. You could be using some other kind of tablet, but cheap one, it doesn't really matter. We're just gonna go over very basic stuff in these lessons, so you're not gonna need the best thing ever. But I don't recommend using the cheapest tablets you could ever find because they don't have pressure sensitivity like this. See that? That's not possible if you have a really cheap tablet, so you should get one that at least has that At the very least, I highly recommend it. You could probably get one with very basic pressure sensitivity for somewhere around 100 bucks. So, yeah, hopefully you like my class and let's proceed to the next lessons 2. 2. Getting Used To Your Tools: getting used to your tools. So in this lesson, I'm gonna tell you how to get used to your tools so you can create this type of artwork very quickly, very effortlessly and efficiently. If you are an artist who already had a tablet for a long time or already had Art Ridge, then this video may not apply to you. But this is for people who are new to tablets and Art Ridge. So, first of all, I created a separate layer and I'll just do a brief rundown of what? This is what this is and pretty much what we see here and small tablet commands. Little come in handy. So anyways, you can drag this color palette tool and make it any color you want. I'm gonna choose pink, and then there is a pink blob. Now, no, Put this one. It was like to a little little markers that tell you where you are, the color scale. And if you do this, it's darker. Lovely, isn't it? So another really important thing to know is you probably don't want to have too many colors if you're making a print or something, because Prince can only handle up to a certain amount of colors. But again, this program isn't really perfect for that. You might need to use Photoshopped to clean it up a bit or some online editing program, but that is beyond the extent of this course. So here you see a brush, different brushes and, well, this is cool. Yeah, awesome. You just feel free to play around with this as much as you want. It's like this whole program is built to simulate real life painting, but it's not, really. I mean, nothing out there right now is perfect. Oh, well, spray painted. Think it's cool. Anyways, I'm gonna go back to my ink pen, and if you press shift and you drag your tablet to the right at the same time, you can see your brush gets increased in size, so you get a mega brush. Huge, huge mega brush. It's at 123%. And then, if you decide to press shift and get your tablet to the left, been a tiny little brush, you could change your brush settings very easily. This way. It's very, very quick, very effort months, and I highly recommend doing this whenever you're drawing and making art with this program because it seems so much time, You don't have to do very much. So there's gonna be all kinds of cool little tricks you could do on your tablet. And you could just experiment with this program. Played your tablet and yeah, I hope you enjoy the rest of this class. 3. 3. Creating A Rough Sketch: in this lesson, we're gonna learn how to create a rough sketch using Art Ridge for And I've started out with a blank canvas at 8.5 by 11 inches, which is standard print size. But if you want to go ahead and use a different size, feel free to do so. And I set the quality of this image to 300 d. P. I said 300 dots per inch is the most important tool you're gonna need is under tools, paint, symmetry and you just click this this brings up for segments and this isn't really what I want right now. So I'm gonna go back in there and under tools, paints in a tree, sent number of segments, and I will set this to 12. Now, here, I'm gonna draw a line. As you can see, everything in here just got copied. From what I read Drew in just this one segment here, I'm gonna do it again right here. As you can see, it doesn't matter which segment you draw this in. Everything will get copied over to the next ones. So I'm not particularly a fan of this design, so I'm gonna start erasing. So feel free to experiment or play with any shapes, and you could have full creative freedom over this. - As you can see here, the wides aren't exactly perfect. And this is not what we want in a final product. And maybe it might not like this design very much. So we go ahead and create a new one and set this 12 invisible. So this is when you're just playing around and experimenting with shapes, checking out which ones is like but don't like. - So , yeah, I like this one a lot better. It's just a sort of San Francisco City escape based pattern. And yeah, I'm gonna go ahead and use this one, and I'll delete the previous one, not a big fan. And I'm gonna go ahead and create a layer above this one and set the opacity of this city escape powder to 50. So now we're done with a rough sketch, and in the next lesson, I will tell you how to make mean my heart that you will be using for your final products. 4. 4. Outlining & Finalizing Your Design: in this lesson, we're gonna learn to create fine lines and very clean final product type of liner. So I'm gonna go ahead and zoom in and changed my brush settings. Two smaller size, and I will go ahead and trace the lines from my lower layer. - So , yeah, now it is much cleaner, and I'm gonna go ahead and delete the old player of the sketch. So now we're ready to color this. 5. 5. Coloring Your Image: So I've created another layer and it's gonna be underneath this liner layer. You know, I'm gonna zoom in. This is the fun part because this type of artwork, you could do you essentially whatever you want. So I went ahead and selected this brush tool. You're free to select whichever tool you want. And I'm just blooding a bunch of random colors together. There we go. Now, if you turn off the paints in a tree, it'll no longer show you the grid, and you can see your final artwork. Maybe this one needs a little bit more blending. I use this tool palette knife to go ahead and fix that. And there we go. We have a fully colored image using a very easy coloring method. 6. 6. Multiple Patterns: and this lesson, I'm gonna tell you how to create multiple patterns in the same image. So I'll go back to tools, paint, symmetry, and then I'll start creating a pattern in the center. So now I'm done with multiple patterns. And as you can see, this is pretty nice. But what we could do as really cool visual effect is I will start off by dedicating this layer and then also like the transform, too, which is the second tool on the left. Wilson, like this image, track the corner of it bigger. Better. We'll change the capacity of this 50. That I would do with it. This one is. Well, you're passing on this one. 25. So there you go. Never really cool visual effect. Yeah, it's kind of scary, actually. No, I think that's tired of the point. 7. 7. Mirrored Symmetry: So what is near its in a tree? Well, it's pretty much just like looking into a mirror and seeing an exact reflection. You can select it by going under tools, paints of the tree, and it's right here. And then there's also rotational symmetry, which we will go over in the next lesson. So the most mirrored symmetry type of example I could think of right now would probably be a face. So I will draw one right now. - So , yeah, that's mirrored symmetry. 8. 8. Rotational Symmetry: rotational symmetry. So what is it exactly? It's kind of hard to explain, but I can show you a live demonstration, and then you will get it. So rotational symmetry in Art Ridge for it's right underneath mirrored symmetry. I already have it selected. And now I'm gonna draw a face again. Just so you know, that's not gonna be very pretty. - Yeah . So this is not really the same is looking in a mirror, and it's actually quite horrifying if someone had a face like this. Yeah, so I don't really recommend it for drawing faces. So, uh, yeah, I'm gonna go ahead and delete this layer, and I will start drawing something else. Maybe so for stuff like pattern design and things like this rotational symmetry seems food . All right. I mean, I really hope that your patterns better than what I'm creating right now, but I'm just showing you have to do this, Not really to make a print or no try to get this thing published either. Yeah, you could definitely use it for patterns. You could definitely use it for coloring certain things if you want, but not really for most occasions. So now I think I will create. Maybe a yin and yang thing is invitational signature. I'm gonna change the access angle to 45. So now I'm using my palate, and I have to go back and make it with slightly nicer. Just slightly bad Still So , yeah. Now we have attended yang symbol. You probably makes stuff just like this was in rotational symmetry frequently on this is what I would recommend using it for. It doesn't have to be again and gang symbol, but just something similar to this. 9. 9. Additional Features: Hey, guys. So in this final video, I wanted to show you how to do some tracing. So I can't say I'm a big advocate or a fan of tracing, because usually could tell by to the not very smooth lighter due to tracing typically. But you could probably still make it nice if you spend enough time cleaning, cleaning it up and stuff. So, um, if you really want to make something super fast and get a project out as soon as possible, I mean, feel free to trace, especially if it's your own image, like your own photograph or something. No one is gonna be able to tell anyways, So, yeah, I'm gonna show you how it's done. And over here, you get tracing panel select Do not show tracing image anymore. And you get this awesome can't sketch, except it's not actually a sketch, because I just traced it. So disappointment. I know you could also do references here if you are actually interested in, you know, maybe drawing something legitimately, which I think would be good practice much better than tracing would be. And you could also access this menu above here under tools, and it's right under tracing. If you own a trace and reference, if you want to use reference, and from there on out, it's pretty self explanatory. So if you're gonna be making some serious illustrations, use those. They're extremely helpful. And the reference would be really great to have is a guideline. Well, I hope you enjoyed my class, and that's all I really have to teach for No thanks for taking this class. 10. 10. Final Thoughts : everyone, So I'd like to hear final thoughts on my first. You'll share class, and I want to see her class projects as well. Any reviews, suggestions and anything that you want to see in my next class should be posted in the comments here. As long as it's skill share appropriate, then we're good and I want to make my next class even better than this one.