Quick and Quirky Pet Portraits in Photoshop | Shellie Cleaver | Skillshare

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Quick and Quirky Pet Portraits in Photoshop

teacher avatar Shellie Cleaver, Visual art + academic writing classes

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6 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Quick and Quirky Pet Portraits in Photoshop Introduction

    • 2. Basic Shapes

    • 3. Create Your Pet Portrait 1

    • 4. Create Your Pet Portrait 2

    • 5. Thanks

    • 6. Teacher Introduction

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About This Class

Join Sydney artist Shellie on this 20 minute fun class where you will create a portrait of your pet from a photograph.

First we do a practice sketch to get to know the basic shapes, and then we create the actual portrait.

I used a laptop and a Wacom tablet, but you could even use analogue materials such as a printed photo, tracing paper, watercolours and markers....it is the same process just different materials. 

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Shellie Cleaver

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1. Quick and Quirky Pet Portraits in Photoshop Introduction: Hello. Welcome to my class. How did your a simple and Kirky cultured of your pick? My name is Shelly, and I'm a Sydney based artist. This is a really quick and simple class to get you started, and I'll be using a dopey photo shop and also welcome tablet. Use whatever you have to hand. And if you don't have those computer or technologies accessories, just use a printed photograph and tracing paper and some war colors and black markers and pencils, and you'll be up to do the same process manually. Let's get started. 2. Basic Shapes: so before we actually start our drawing, it's a good idea to become familiar with the basic shapes off the pet or animal you're going to draw. So I'm just adding to my photo shop image entire layer of white with about a 40% capacity or transparency just to fade back the image. So it's like tracing paper. Now select your paintbrush and choose the color that you would like it to bay and specify the brush size. Now you can start sketching around the basic shapes off, in this case, the cat's face and body, just to get a sense off the shapes and the size of the proportion. This will help you when you're actually doing the drawing, um, for real of the portrait, because you will be familiar with what you're looking at and the important beaches. 3. Create Your Pet Portrait 1: Okay, so let's start out proper pit portrait now. So we're going to go up to the menu in photo shop, and we're going to the edit menu and shoes. Fill it's white and set Teoh 40% or 60%. Select your paintbrush. Choose the size. It's not too large, but if you do want a more graphic kind of, um, simplified image than a bigger brush sizes suitable. And now I'm going to draw in black. But you can choose whatever color you like for a gray. See how it looks so you don't want your lines to be to uniform. You want to have a bit of movement and liveliness in the line so you can have lines that break so the spaces between them. You can highlight little details of fluff and for when you see them, because if it's just a very boring line, it's not going to be very interesting to look at as an image. So I'm just tracing around the outside off the cat's body and feet and arms, putting the details of the little toes. So you also want to draw into details in the face because you want to capture you know, the personality of this particular pit. So in this case, we've got a white strip down the centre of the cat's face. We're gonna draw in their eyes. You can zoom in to get better control over the lines and details that you're putting in. At this point, I'm keeping my brush size quite thick. This is going to be quite a simplified, um, sort of drawing aquatic, stylized, cartoon like image. So I'm just making sure I get some lost lines around the eyes by adding, you know, details like the whiskers and no, their nose and chin. You start to actually build up some of the character of the portrait because you want to really try and capture the features that make this pet recognizable. Got fluff in the years, look at your your photo and just highlight the key features that really make this pet who they are. - Adding some marks that indicate the for and fluff off the pets. Um, coach could be quite useful in a portrait like this helps to define different parts of their their courage in different colors or patterns. It also helps to describe their form physically, so their little date. How's that are worth putting in this point? - So adding some color to your drawing is a good idea. I've got a gray cat. He so I'm going to add a gray color. But I'm going to actually dilute the transparency or opacity down to about 40%. And that will create a water color appearance in my painting on off the gray so you can experiment with levels of a passage E. You may prefer to be completely opaque, or you might like to try the watercolor effect, - so I just want to check how my images looking. So if I click the I icon next to the layer of the photo, it actually hides that, and I can see what I've actually drawn. That makes it easy information. Now go in and do some color on the cat's nose and also in their eyes. 4. Create Your Pet Portrait 2: I've also noticed that it looks like the cat only has one front leg. So I'm going to just click on the I again and bring the photo back. And I can see in the farther there is actually some of that second leg visible, so I'm just gonna draw that in. - So because I don't need the original photo anymore, I've clicked on the ice. So it's invisible, have gone to edit and or layers, and I've now chosen to flatten the image, and that has actually gotten rid off the hidden layers. So now I've got my illustration here. I'm just gonna zoom in on the image and create a finer brush size. And I'm going Teoh just working some some sort of detail into it and actually refine aspects of it and at a bit of depth to the image. So this is my finished drawing. It's just a quick sketch. Quick pet portrait. Hopefully you've got something quite fun and quirky out of following this class and you're doing this exercise. I'd love to see what you did. If you'd like to share it with the Kloss plays, upload some photos, and if you have any comments or feedback to let me know I'm going to develop a class with amore sustained and realistic portrait drawing class of your pits. But I think this is a really fun way to start and to actually start looking, begin drawing and end up with a really cool little image of your your pet. 5. Thanks: thanks for joining me for this class. I hope it's being easy to follow and fun believe ended up with some beautiful portrait of your pit. Please do applied the image to the class discussion page because I really love to see what you've made. We'll see you next time. I've made lots of classes on painting and drawing and watercolors, color theory, endless classes for you to take, and you'll find that each one you do your skills will develop and grow. So let's have a look at how to follow me on school Share. Here is the full I button. Click on this, and if you hover your mouse over this part here, it'll take you through to my profile as well. Under my prayerful, you'll see all of the classes I've created, and you'll be able to see the range of classes you could take. So here are highlight a couple of my classes color mixing basics for absolute beginners. Copying the masters with Shelly. Learn to paint. Watch me work. Embrace fear in the creative process. Begin is charcoal drawing how to paint gloss and beginners figure drawing gesture. I'm creating new outclasses all the time on. I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to support you as you develop your own creative skills and make your way on your own creative journey. So let's start making stuff. 6. Teacher Introduction: so from a creativity is central to what I do. It really feeds. May I think creativity is vital to our well being and is worth pursuing and is worth investing time in. My name is Shelly. I'm a Sydney based artist, Andi. I work across many mediums. I studied oil painting at the National at School in Sydney. It was a beautiful sandstone jail with a very traditional Italian based structure. So we learn drawing every stage of education I love to make. I love cooking. I love music. The thing that I love about school share is the opportunity it offers for me to share my skills with people. I've studied so many things, and I tried so many different creative and artistic disciplines on projects that this opportunity to share my skills to encourage others it really means a lot to me. So the trick with building and creative practices to actually build up of routine and to have a space that's dedicated to your creative work. If possible, it's hard to develop a practice and really, if you can make it daily, you will see the most progress you'll also find, gain confidence and move forward far more effectively than if you do something one day and then don't touch it for another few months. My family believe that artistic and creative skill doesn't come down to talent, Sheldon said. Once that you can't know the talent of a man or one until they've actually put in many, many hours of practice and work on. That's when talent is revealed. My family delayed. Everyone come on creative skills and everyone can develop a creative ability that's not easy to achieve. But it's worth trying to actually building to every day that space where you can be creative, whether you take class. When you do a little sketch of something in your home with you, try and draw your pit all of these acts of creativity, valuable and would doing it comes down to your building, your own language, your own crave context in your own creative environment. And this actually is what will facilitate you being a creative person. And that could be quite overwhelming for beginnings because I haven't got that and I don't understand that. But by taking these classes step by step, you'll build your skills, your knowledge and also you experience and confidence. And that's the thing that's worth pursuing. Because in the end, your own artistic, um practice could really sustain you and sustain your life. And there is no end point. So it's a fantastic. So I really hope with these classes, help you on your creative journey. And they make doing these creative activities less scary and give you some confidence to move forward in your in practice. Thanks for stopping by. I really hurt my classes of helpful for you. You might even say my to studio assistants Ali and Millie in some of the classes.