When you really want to stretch your creativity, ask yourself "What If?" when you're working on your art. That's what I did after I pulled out this photo to work with:
"Big and Small" - this was one of those images I asked myself "What If?" a lot on!
What if...I added a hummingbird to sit on his horns?
What if...I added lots of textures, focusing the light on the area where the bird sits?
What if...I desaturated those textures to tone down the color of the elk, while still keeping the hummer more richly saturated?
What if...I added lots more textures from a variety of collections on top and underneath the elk in different layer modes, forcing the light and dark areas to happen exactly where I wanted?
What if ...I ran a painterly preset in multiple programs and blended them together using layering at various opacities?
What if...I used a smudge tool to soften the hard edge on the hummingbird that I missed when masking?
What if...I added a slight - very slight - shadow on the horn under the bird?
Take your time...ask yourself "What if?" a lot...it takes hours of work, but it's well worth it.
I've had numerous people ask me "Can you do your texture work with photos in Procreate on the iPad?" And the answer is YES! I created Where Crows Roost this morning, using ONLY the Daily Texture resources, and a couple of my custom brushes I made for Procreate. I photographed some crows recently, and I had a vision of a strong textures, mixed media background for them. That was my goal with this piece:
I began by opening the new Painted Ground background, and then opened the Better Days barn background on top. I created a mask on the barn layer, and masked away all of the background, and that little attached shed on the left side of the barn. Then using the liquify tool in Procreate, I warped my barn a bit to give it some unique and whimsical interest. Using the mask again, I blended the barn right into the ground level of the Painted Ground Background.
Then I started adding multiple textures on top, in various layer modes and opacities. It was at this point, things got a little crazy and I lost track of what I used. I do know I used several textures from the Studio Collections and the Restored Collection in this category.
I decided to add just a couple of my custom drip brushes at the bottom of the barn to give a little more painterly interest to the piece. I also stamped a couple of my custom brushes at the top edge of the barn, coming over the edges a little. This was all completed on new layers so I could resize each brush stamp, as well as move it exactly where I wanted it on the art.
I added accents from the Gold Leaf Collection as final touches at the end. Finally, I sent the image back to my computer and sharpened everything up a bit.
Now I have an interesting, mixed media style background to use with one of my crow photos!
As you can see, yes, you can do layering and masking with your textures in the Procreate App. I know we are limited on the amount of layers which can be added in Procreate, but once I get things looking good, I often merge the layers down, and start adding new layers on top again for additional accents and looks. This way, I am never limited on what I can add. :)
Products Used to Create This Art:
Painted Ground A Petite Texture Collection
The Painted Ground Petite Texture Collection features 1 abstract painted ground level background in 4 color tones which you can easily blend with your subjects who are on ground level. Mix the 4 colors together by using masking and different layer modes to create your own unique color tones and looks for your art. For wildlife, domestic animals, people, and more of your favorite subjects, these will help you bring the focus onto your subject and go from snapshot to art in just a few minutes! *Because this is such a painterly background, it works best with those photos you give a painterly look to using your painting software.
Use these textures "as is" to add a painterly feel to your photographs by placing them on a layer under your subject and masking away the subject's original background. Using your transform tool in your software, you can stretch them and position them exactly where you need them for your art. You can also use these textures as overlay layers to enhance existing photos or to add unique color tones throughout your artistic images. These also make wonderful beginning backgrounds for your digital paintings!
This collection contains a total of 4 resources, all for one low price. Download is presented as ONE (1) large zip file. Textures are 6000x6000 pixels in size and are large size JPG files. Due to the large file size, the download may take several minutes to complete, depending on the speed of your internet connection.
Better Days Single Background
Better Days Single Background - Take any subject from one of your photos and mask it into this scenic background to create a whole new work of art which will give your subject a sense of place and tell a story. This background also includes a FOGGY and FALLING SNOW version of the background.
•To use this background, simply place your photo on top of the background in your software and mask away your subject's original background to reveal the new background underneath.
•Using your transform tool in your software, you can resize your subject layer and position your subject exactly where you want it on the new background.
•You can also add our textures as overlay layers to enhance your creative art, or to add unique color tones throughout your artistic images.
•These also make wonderful beginning backgrounds for your digital paintings!
Download is presented as ONE (1) ZIP file. Backgrounds are 6000x4000 pixels in size and are large size JPG files. Due to the large file size, the download may take several minutes to complete, depending on the speed of your internet connection. NOTE: Our watermark is removed on purchased backgrounds - you will not see the watermark on the downloaded file.
The Gold Leaf Collection
The Gold Leaf Overlay Accent Collection features 40 glitzy, gold accents, designed to add an extra-special little something to your finished art. There are solid accents, corner accents, edge accents, scratchy accents and more in this collection. All are PNG files, with transparent backgrounds, which are easy to place on top of your completed art to add a little bit of glamour!
This collection contains a total of 40 transparent overlays, all for one low price. Download is presented as SEVEN (7) large zip files. The gold leaf overlays are 6000x6000 pixels in size and are large size PNG files in square format. Due to the large file size, the download may take several minutes to complete, depending on the speed of your internet connection.
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