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November 06, 2016

Digital art – construction sites, diggers & big ass trucks

In my never-ending quest to explore more challenging forms of digital art, I threw myself into the deep end yesterday.  How about trucks, diggers, and mixer brushes? As readers are aware, the building across the road has been demolished and a new condo build has started. Every day I pop out to the balcony to take a couple snaps, keeping a record of progress. The building is gone and now they are digging a hole. I looked at a couple of photos yesterday and thought how great they’d look as line art.  Problem is that most filters make a clinical look. Too precise and I don’t tend to like it.  So I tried using the pen tool, and again, just a bit too precise in the outline. I threw caution to the wind and simply traced, using a couple brushes, the outline freehand.

Much better. Much, much better. Then I knew what I wanted. Using a combination of brushes, blending and mixer brush tool, I set to work colouring in parts. I wanted the machinery popping out of the line art. I’m pleased with the results.  Here it is, in all it’s glory:

Line Drawing of Digger and truck at construction sites near me

Traced the basic outline and then used my Wacom tablet to fill in the details

This is a great way to test out blending and brush techniques. The single hardest part is stopping and not ruining an effect. So, this is now a completed image. I’ll resist the urge to go in and “touch it up a bit”.  You know what this means, don’t you? You’re about to be assaulted with a stream of  construction site photos …

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