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Monday
Nov162009

Yeti

Since Mike inspired me by posting his cool Delacor Dragon from Advanced Photoshop magazine, I thought I'd do the same and post this playful Yeti image created for the same issue (November 2009) which is in stores right now.

Created entirely in Photoshop using Pen and Shape tools, along with basic brushes. The editor, Julie Easton, asked me to create something more whimsical and light because she wanted my art to be different in tone from the dragon tutorials that were in the same issue (I didn't know at the time that one of those tutorials was from my fellow artist and digital art God, Mike Corriero). And like Mike's piece, Senior Staff Writer, Adam Smith art directed the rest of the work, suggesting other elements such as hat and scarf or another creature in background. I opted for the snowman in the background. Can you tell the Yeti gave his hat to the snowman? :-)

It was a fun piece to create, but it was a seriously tight deadline. Creating the artwork itself, taking close to 200 screenshots of progress, then writing the entire article and editing down the screenshots to the top 19 took about two days of work, about 16 hours or so. One day to concept, sketch and create the art, another day to write the article and gather all assets. You have to work fast in the world of magazines!

 

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Reader Comments (3)

This is beautiful! I love the volume you've gotten in the piece. The color is so great! It really made me happy! :D

November 17, 2009 | Registered CommenterBrynn Metheney

Love the clean cut shading of the fur. 200 screenshot? O.o
I think I usually take about 5 or 6 more than is needed and just break it down from there, but maybe that slows me down because I try to determine as I'm working what are important steps and what I can talk about for the step instead of doing that later. I write it all after the image is completed but usually try to figure things out as I'm working.

November 17, 2009 | Registered CommenterMike Corriero

Thanks Brynn! Glad it made you happy.

Mike, yeah 200 screenshots was bit crazy, but I er on the side of caution knowing that I can just edit down to the ones I need. I suppose if I had more time for planning, I would cut down on the number of screenshots, but oh well. It worked out I guess.

November 17, 2009 | Registered CommenterJeff Miracola

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