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Pirates in Expressive Arguement

My Pin Board can be found at www.pinterest.com/Webslinger0513/inspiration-board-for-matt-kaufenberg-class/

I started by doing a few gestures to see what kids of character would show up:

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Then I decided to use them all because they just looked so well together! I took some time to arrange them along a perspective line to set up the scene:

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Next I added some base color to see the forms better, cleaned up the rough pencils, added in details, then inked everything. I used some half-tones for shading, something I've never used before.

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Lastly I finished up the background, putting the background inks on thier own layer, shaded the water, skin, and clothing, added details to the floor planks, added a few textures to the wooden railing, and used several correction layers including Hue ,Saturation, Brightness, and Contrast. I even made my own multi-tip brush for the clouds. I did this whole project in Manga Studio 5 EX, so I had to modify many of the techniques in the course that were PhotoShop based, but I managed to use many of the techniques that Matt explained.

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Here is an update, to address the critique by Matt. He made some wonderful points that pushed me to stop being lazy, lol! I added a bunch of texture all over the place and shadows for the pirates. I might even keep going with this at a later time, I have a bunch of ideas that I can't get to right now.

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I had a lot of fun doing this project and recommend the course to anyone, especially Photoshop users. Matt does a wonderful job of exploring lots of techniques that really got me thinking about possibilities that
I hadn't thought of before. Thanks for Making this course, and thanks to everyone that likes my project and/or leaves a comment!

-James GSR

Visit my page to see more of what I did for this digital painting! www.facebook.com/ArtByJamesGSR

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