Lesson 2

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Class Exercise: Simple file

Photoshop's brush, though capable of some complexity, is in essence a very dumb thing. The effect that it produces has little of the nuance of its analogue precursor. In other words, photoshop is a very poor painting machine.

I find that much student work looks flat and monotonous, with little difference between objects of different texture and material. A painting of an airplane flaying across the ocean on a cloudy day should respect the difference between air (clouds), metal (airplane) and water (sea).

There is a way of using photoshop that takes advantage of the digital nature of the medium: This we may loosely term this approach procedural. Examples of a procedural approach

Demo Night time sea scape

Assignment: Procedural

Do a digital painting consisting of the following elements.

  • Candle: material nature is translucent and glowing.
  • Candle flame: this is the light source and will likely cast some sort of glow.
  • Brass candle stick: this is reflective and orange.
  • Rough wooden table top: this is heavily textured. Maybe in the cracks between the timber boards, there will be heavy occlusion (i.e. darkness).