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Fullmetal Alchemist! (new drawing obsession) May 28, 2013

Filed under: Area of Focus,Art,Drawings — delaners @ 10:07 am

So I’ve recently started watching and reading pretty much anything to do with the anime Fullmetal Alchemist. While watching it one night, I decided I wanted to draw the protagonist, Edward Elric. This is a mixture of drawing pencils, colored pencils, and sharpies.



Eye on the transit….

Filed under: Area of Focus,Art,Drawings — delaners @ 9:55 am

This is an eye I drew while on the MAX (public transit train) on the way to the mall one afternoon. I colored it the next day in school. Like I said in my post I draw a lot…. I really draw anywhere and everywhere. Please keep in mind that this was drawn while on a bumpy rail track and colored on paper meant for sketching, not coloring (that’s why the color is kind of blotchy).



I draw a lot…..

Filed under: Area of Focus,Art,Drawings — delaners @ 9:48 am

I draw a lot. I have a lot of drawings in a of of different places. I know I should probably keep them all in one place, but I have them scattered through out my house, in different bags, multiple notebooks and sketchbooks, and others I have given to friends as gifts. As I wonder around my house, I find random drawings of random things from different stages in my life. I go through phases where I draw one thing over and over and over in different poses, positions, colors, and places. Everywhere. Homework. Notebooks. Textbooks (haha… guilty…). Sketch pads. Everywhere. Eventually I get over it and move onto the next obsession, but every now and again, I’ll find one from a few years back and I’ll start drawing it again. So I will post a drawing when I find it, and I happen to be close to scanner. Just remember that just because I don’t post it, doesn’t mean I don’t have it. It’s usually just lost in my sea of drawings. (I also might not post it because it’s too big to fit on my scanner….) So yeah. That’s what I do. Enjoy!


Tone Mapping April 22, 2013

Filed under: Design,Photo Editing — delaners @ 11:25 pm

Project Name: Tone Mapping

Project Goal: To learn how to use tone mapping when editing photos in PhotoShop.

Project Narrative: These are some pictures I took inside and outside my house. I used tone mapping to intensify certain colors and details.

Here are some examples of tone mapping on photos I have taken.


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Here’s the photo with the auto curve adjuster.

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Here is the final with the gradient mapping overlay with the blending mode set to “Multiply”.


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Here’s the first step using the auto curve adjuster.

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Then here is is with the gradient mapping overlay with the same settings used on the purple flower photo.

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It was a little dark with just the gradient mapping, so I adjusted the midtone levels.


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Here is the photo with the auto curve adjustments.

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Here it is with the same gradient mapping settings as the other two photos.


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Auto curve adjustment again.

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Same gradient mapping settings as the first three, only it was a little too dark, so I adjusted the opacity.


Photo Retouching March 18, 2013

Filed under: Design,Photo Editing — delaners @ 9:54 am


Project Name: Photo Retouching

Project Goal: The goal of this project was to take a less than perfect photo and edit it to remove imperfections, while still looking natural.

Project Narrative: In class, our teacher sent everyone a picture of a girl who looked like she needed a little photoshopping. He went through how to use different tools that can cover blemishes, patch up blotchy skin, and how to brighten the eyes and whiten teeth.


Rain Typography Poster Tutorial November 30, 2012

Filed under: Art,Design — delaners @ 8:37 am

First, you’ll want to find a font that would look good on a poster and doesn’t have serifs. I used Furmanite. Serifs dont work to well in the next step.

Next, you’ll want to go under “Type” and select “Create Outlines” in order to edit your text.

Using the hollow point selector, you’ll then edit the letters however you think will look best.

It creates a strong composition to use multiples of the same word.

To create an even stronger composition, you can change the colors. I decided to stick with the black for the front “Rain” and a red for the back “Rain” to create strong contrast.

Next to the big text, you’ll then want to put in smaller, filler text. I chose lyrics from a Bruno Mars song.

Then arrange the smaller text around the big text. I used a darker red and black to color my text. You may have noticed the big “Rain” changed from a dark red, to a bright red. The smaller, darker red text shows up better on the bright red, making it readable, but still interesting.

Now that you have the text where you want it, you can then create outlines like you did with the big text.

Now you can edit the small letters in a cool, interesting way. Be careful not to edit too many letters or it will look cluttered and overworked.

Then, select an image you want for a background. Make sure it’s big enough so it won’t be pixilated and distorted when you use it with your edited text.

Go to “File” and select “Place”. It will pull up folders. Find your desired background image and click “Okay”.

To do something with a bit more meaning, type a word that has an opposite meaning to that of your big text in a pretty, swirly font. I used Edwardian Script.

Once you have your opposite word, enlarge it and place it behind the text but in front of the background image.

Then, place a rain texture image over the top of it all.

Change the texture opacity from 100% to 10%.

Now make a rectangle the same size as your art board using the shape tool.

Select everything and go to “Object,” then “Create Clipping Mask” and select “Make”. Lastly save the image as a .png or .jpeg and you are done!


Top 10 Drawing Tutorials November 19, 2012

Filed under: Drawings — delaners @ 10:20 am