Mashup - Where Pencil Meets Pixels: Creating Mixed Media Art From Your Home Computer

Jami Odell

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18 Lessons (2h 17m)
    • 1. Trailer

      2:08
    • 2. Welcome to Class!

      2:00
    • 3. Research and Development

      1:00
    • 4. Get sketching the Mashup way

      5:16
    • 5. Photoshop basic training

      10:07
    • 6. Class project - Part 1, digitizing your sketch

      10:00
    • 7. Class project - Part 2, adding color and texture

      9:54
    • 8. Class project - Part 3, exploring brush modes

      10:00
    • 9. Class project - Part 4, adding bright highlights and deep shadows

      10:05
    • 10. Class project - Part 5, creating smoke

      9:14
    • 11. Class Project - Part 6, adding in fine details

      9:16
    • 12. Class Project - Part 7, advanced masking and detailing

      8:21
    • 13. Class Project - Part 8, making custom brushes

      6:25
    • 14. Class Project – Part 9, exploring layer embossing styles

      11:02
    • 15. Class Project – Part 10, creating an emblem

      8:25
    • 16. Class Project – Part 11, adding depth to your masterpiece

      9:04
    • 17. Class project - Finishing up

      12:26
    • 18. Resources

      2:25

Project Description

Make an illustration that combines digital photography and traditional art materials

Concept Development

  1. Research imagery

    Browse family photos or surf the internet to get ideas for your artwork. Hopefully viewing multiple images will spark in your imagination a scene or theme to your artwork. This step is important to start you in the right direction and to keep you on track.

  2. Decide on an art style

    For my project, I chose to fashion my work after a highly detailed rennaissance painting, but you don't have to do this. In fact I encourage you to follow the steps of the course, but the style of the work is up to you. Instead of trying to emulate a renaissance oil painting, for example, you could go for a silk screened look. I have attached examples of different art styles to give you ideas. Even though some of these examples were made way before photoshop was created, you will see how all of these pieces could have easily been created using the techniques you will learn in this class.

  3. Get sketching the Mashup way!

    After you have found some fun photos for your project, clip out segments and paste them onto a blank white 8.5” x 11” document in Photoshop.  Now print out that piece of paper and begin to sketch around the clipping.  Go crazy! Add in an entire scene around the clipping, or, sketch out an idea first, scan it in and place a clipping in your sketch in Photoshop.

Photoshop basic training and begin class project

  1. Scan in cool textures

    Scan in or find royalty free textures for use in your artwork. You could scan in cloth or maybe wrapping paper, or even brush down a piece of watercolor paper with light color and use that as your background layer. Paste the textures into your piece and place them where you think they would look best. If you are in a fun mood, try some plaids or polkadots just to see how they look.  Remember you can't make a mistake so experiment alot, you may be suprised at what you stumble upon!

  2. Experiment with your color scheme

    Many art teachers recommend that you decide on a color scheme in the early stages of your piece and stick with it.  In the digital world, however, it is so easy to experiment with colors rapidly and in a non-desctructive manner, that I recommend doing things a bit differently. Get a basic color pallete going for starters, but try to keep your work in layers initially. From here, I encourage you to use the image-adjust-hue and saturation sliders and experiment with different color schemes throughout your class project.  You will see me do this many times in the course videos. Personally, I just experiment with colors until I get a result I like and leave all the theories behind.

Class project - we're half way to completing our masterpiece!

  1. Draw over a print out, then scan it!

    It will really improve your work if you periodically lighten up your work artwork in Photoghop, print it out, draw over the print out rescan it.  You will discover that your creativity really flows with a tradional art insturment, and it is a nice break from looking at a screen and using tools of Photoshop.

This is really coming along nicely!

  1. Make more custom brushes

    Try building up Photoshop's custom brush library by downloading free clip art from www.all-free-download.com.  Put in the clip art you are looking for in the search field, then download what you like. Once you open the clip art in Photoshop, make a custom brush as shown in Part 8 of the class project.

Adding finishing touches

  1. Observe the fall of light in the real world

    Look around your environment and observe the fall of light in the real world.  You will notice a consistent pattern of light and shadow. Practice doing a few 10 minute sketches of a piece of fruit or household objects, be careful to observe the fall of light.  Now try to imagine how that might apply to your artwork. Even highly stylized art can benefit from a subtle suggestion of light and shadow.

Finalizing the piece and resources

  1. Keep refining your image

    Continue to experiment with your artwork.  I recommend taking a break for a few days, then returning to your project with fresh eyes.  This will give you a fresh perspective.  Using the techniques you learned in this class, experiment with color schemes and textures and adding in new content.

  2. Share your artwork with the Skillshare community

    Tell us about your Mashup idea and how you feel you sucessfully merged together digital photography and traditional art.  Flatten your Photoshop image and save it as a .jpg for sharing in social media circles.  Try getting a frame and printing out your artwork, they are great for decorating your home or to give as gifts, people love them!


Additional Resources

  • Here you can download my photoshop file at the same stage of completion as it is in this unit if you wish.  Seeing how I build my layers may help you learn my techniques.  If you open this file you will notice the dpi is set to 120, this is only to keep the file size reasonable for download.  Normally I recommend designing in 300 dpi.

  • Here you can download my photoshop file at the same stage of completion as it is in this unit if you wish.  Seeing how I build my layers may help you learn my techniques.  If you open this file you will notice the dpi is set to 120, this is only to keep the file size reasonable for download.  Normally I recommend designing in 300 dpi.

  • Here you can download my Photoshop file at the same stage of completion as it is in this unit if you wish.  Seeing how I build my layers may help you learn my techniques.  If you open this file you will notice the dpi is set to 120, this is only to keep the file size reasonable for download.  Normally I recommend designing in 300 dpi.

  • Feel free to download my class project in it's final high rez form here.

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