Frank's Sketchbook Entry of the Day
| Light Pole (shaded color)
April 21, 2012
And the (sadly) final version with some shading in the color. I say
"sadly" because after playing around with the colors for a bit, I decided
to add some textures, as having the road be one color would be boring. And
then I added some sidewalk cement texture. Then I looked for some brick
texture. That took longer, but I found something. I knew simply mapping
it on straight would totally ignore the perspective, but I wanted to see
how it would look as a first shot. Then I organized things, since I knew I
would want to make 5 different images to show the progress (I decided
against an animated GIF, since the delay would always be too long or too
short or both). After some re-organization, folder making, and file
moving, I then looked into how you do perspective in Photoshop. It seems
fairly reasonable and feasible. And then I discovered that I had
deleted the Photoshop source file that had the color and shaded version in
it. It wouldn't be that hard to recreate, but I wasn't motivated to do
that. I also noticed that the bricks and sidewalk don't abut smoothly,
so that's something else I could fix. But instead, I decided to just
declare it done and move on to other things.
In general, it's not bad for a primative, first cut. One of the things
I wanted to do was get some serious, black shadows, not just cross hatching.
The light pole and the side of the guys face and shoulder have that, as
does the side wall and the side of the curb. A second, later notion, was
to make some non-trivial backgrounds in, as that's usually a lot of work
for me and I tend to skip it. I wanted the (or a) light source to be
coming from the right side of the frame, off frame. So I tried in general
to illuminate the left side of his body, legs, face, arms. His shirt is
the exception, as the jacket would shadow things. Perhaps it all should
be dark, but I like the shadow on the yellow shirt. Using Illustrator
let me actually have straight lines, which I'm mostly incapable of drawing
by hand (sometimes even with a ruler). I decided to skip putting anything
inside the shop window, which was actually hinted at in the first
picture, because laziness once again conquered all. And as for what
the guy is doing and why he's grabbing the light pole, I've no idea,
I just wanted a street scene with a background and something the subject
could interact with that was not another person.
I tend to doodle. Over the years, I've accumulated lots of random
sketches of things, sometimes people, sometimes things, and sometimes
just abstract lines. The basic idea on these pages is for me to slowly
scan in highlights from my collection of random quick doodles. I also
am providing a place where I can explain what it is or what motivated
it or perhaps some reason why I'm not to blame. With the sketches of
people, their name may be hand-written, or there might be a talk title
provided, but I will tend to avoid providing full names. I don't mind
if people know who they are, I just don't want them coming up on search
engine hits, since that might be a bit rude.
Note that the images are PNGs with transparency. Mozilla and Firefox
properly render them. Safari too, I think. Internet Exporer doesn't.
I don't care.
If you want to see the image without the annoying blue-lined background
image, just click on the image.
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