Drawing and Painting Clouds for Digital Illustration

By using the methods and techniques in this tutorial, you'll be able to digitally illustrate and push the creativity of your own clouds. Software required: Photoshop CS6.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
May 27, 2013
Duration
1h 55m
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Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
May 27, 2013
Duration
1h 55m
Description

By using the methods and techniques in this tutorial, you'll be able to digitally illustrate and push the creativity of your own clouds. We'll begin by examining an image of the type of clouds that we want to draw our inspiration from followed drawing the outlines of our own cloud formation. Following this we'll roughly block in a base mid-tone, shadows, and highlights for our cloud. From here we'll demonstrate a how we can blend our blocked in colors to establish the various formations of our cloud. Along the way we'll explore pushing our highlights and shadows, painting smaller formations for added detail, softening up cloud formation edges and weaving our cloud into the atmosphere. Furthermore, we'll learn how we can add additional colors to reflect some warm sunlight using some blend modes.Finally, we'll finish our cloud formation by using a natural bristle brush combined with the smudge tool to add natural looking wisps to our clouds. Software required: Photoshop CS6.

About the author
About the author

Kurt is a design tutor at Pluralsight. Ever since he could hold a crayon, Kurt has been in love with drawing. Apart from his dedication to training artists at Pluralsight, Kurt has an extensive background in illustration. He has previously worked for a book publisher, as well as Rhythm and Hues Studios. It was through his extensive industry background that Kurt learned the way of the Wacom, and that the Pen tool is truly mightier than the sword.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hello I'm Kurt with digital tutors, welcome to this series of lessons focusing on drawing and painting clouds for digital illustration. We'll begin by examining an image of the type of clouds that we want to draw our inspiration from, followed by drawing the outlines of our own cloud formation. Following this will roughly block in a base mid-tone, shadows, and highlights for our cloud. From here we'll demonstrate how we can blend our blocked in colors, to establish the various formations of our cloud. Along the way we'll explore pushing our highlights and shadows, painting smaller formations for added detail, softening up cloud formation edges, and weaving our cloud into the atmosphere. Furthermore, we'll learn how we can add additional colors to reflect some warm sunlight using some blend modes. Finally, we'll finish our cloud formation by using a natural bristle brush, combined with the smudge tool to add natural looking wisps to our clouds. By using the methods and techniques in this course, you'll be able to digitally illustrate and push the creativity of your own clouds. So with that we'll get started in our next lesson.