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Testing and experimenting!

:iconcatzilladk:
CatzillaDK Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
So!
I wanna see the different experiments, tests and practices people do :)
Have you been trying out a new technique, a funny approach or a completely new style in art then I'd like to see the results of that!
This thread is almost as much a self-reflecting post thing as much as it's a kinda guide for others (and me) to find some new techniques to help improve their own art.

So if you could write what "new" technique or style you've tried out, and what you "usually" do instead in your post as well as the thumbnail itself it would be lovely! :heart:

I hope this isn't written too complicated! xD

Well here's my newest test:

What I did that I usually don't do:
:bulletred:Painting on one layer
:bulletred:Picking colors from existing canvas (abstract painting on a canvas)
:bulletred:Abstract colors
:bulletred:No lineart
:bulletred:Anonomous face
:bulletred:Painting it all in one go
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:iconjollygolightly:
JollyGolightly Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I did a test style on this one trying to get a "vectorized" look through traditional means
I tried again on this one but it didn't turn out as well :(
normally I just do soft blended shading
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:iconcatzilladk:
CatzillaDK Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Thank you very much for posting! :)
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:iconrh1annon:
Rh1annon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Artist


tried hatching and darkening contrast :)
tried out new style too :)

thank you

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:iconcatzilladk:
CatzillaDK Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Thank you very much for posting! :)
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:iconrh1annon:
Rh1annon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Artist
:)
no problem
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Blackrabbit98 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
working with perspective and warping it for more effect

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:iconkingofsouls:
Kingofsouls Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
I tried a a different set of setting on the Ink tool (GIMP). I set the Adjustment Size to 1, and Sensitivity size to 0.8. everything else was set to 0 and the nub was unchanged. My lineart.



Usually my linearting is with the Path tool, the paintbrush, or the Ink tool with close to the standard settings.
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Hinotechi Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
<---------- (Scanned) Adjusted the levels so that I could paint digitally directly instead of creating a new lineart - hand-drawing the lineart will often give a very smooth and natural look while digital often can look pointy.
<---------- Reduced the amount of layers to work on 2 for the skin instead of several, allows for a lot better blending.
<---------- Newest deviation: used fairly soft light with the specific source from the monk's left side.

Different department

<---------- Tried to make a more proper animation mini movie by allowing myself to take more time to make the frames (as the animation is basically a lot of frames). 280 frames and about 35 seconds long but it still took me three days (as the 280 frames were all drawn and coloured)
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ChesneyKeegan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
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:icondeere:
Deere Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
Here we go, with my newest:



New things I did for this piece:
:bulletblue: Made a 1,000 mile round trip just for this one spot.
:bulletblue: Climbed a massive bridge.
:bulletblue: Worked on eliminating flare when I have several lights large enough to be classed as stars pointing at the camera.
:bulletblue: Dangled feet over large drop.

All in all, a positive experience of pushing the boundaries :)
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:iconcatzilladk:
CatzillaDK Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Very impressive! :D The story for this piece is quite interesting :)
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:iconninelyn:
Ninelyn Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

I tried to fake some "light leaks" in the editing process... Advices?


I tried out a more "heavy" digital darkroom editing (I usually don't edit architechture and parks photography very much... only the minimum to be pleasant to see)
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:iconcatzilladk:
CatzillaDK Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I sadly have no idea what light leak is but it seems very interesting!

The last photo is amazing!
It looks like it's painted :)

Thank you very much for posting! :)
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Ninelyn Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the feedback! :hug:
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:iconcatzilladk:
CatzillaDK Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
You're very welcome! :)
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sarahdeathbell Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist


I make glitch art. But I usually only use one program at a time to edit images. I've been experimenting with using multiple programs, producing a kind of meta-glitch, if you will.
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:iconcatzilladk:
CatzillaDK Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Very interesting photo!
Looks like those :iconblankstaretvplz: on the tv :) (oh the nostalgia)
I'm not familiar with the term "glitch-art" so this was very enlightening! :)
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:iconretsamys:
RetSamys Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Never doing that one again:
I printed Vitruvian Man by Da Vinci from Wikipedia, I took some semi-transparent paper and traced everything (traditionally) and then altered it (also traditionally). It requires time and patience and pretty much everyone can do it... I usually draw everything myself, but I wanted something like this done by me. (This is actually an older one, nowadays, I digitally retrace my sketches.)
I found out how to animate in 3D with my 2D animation program! Am I abusing my program? I don't care.
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CatzillaDK Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Haha :D
That's pretty neat! :D
I'm working on animating in photoshop :3 It's harder than it should be xD
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:iconretsamys:
RetSamys Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks and yes, it is enormously hard!
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:iconcatzilladk:
CatzillaDK Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Why oh why couldn't it be easier? :XD:
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:iconretsamys:
RetSamys Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, we need something we can tell "do this for me" and *pop* aaaaaanimation! Nah, it wouldn't be art any more, would it?
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CatzillaDK Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
No it wouldn't... But it would be so easy! :XD:
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:iconwezenbeesje:
wezenbeesje Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
I experiment a lot! It's the way to find your own style and to improve! I think I even experiment in every complete drawing I make (mostly by just trying out different colours).

Here I tried out a new program called Blush. It has a random colour generator, which makes it easy to create a lot of colours and to bring more life in your drawing.
Here I used the skeleton mode in Animaki. (it lets you create a stick figure to test your animation with, like in 3D programs). My experiment was to make the most complicated animation with that program.
I tried out marzipan. I tried to design a character inspired by the colours I could use, the material and the examples I got from another marzipan artist. It's a very different character than I use to make.
This is the result of having a lot of fun with a way to make abstract art. I just made different coloured blobs with the watertool in shi-painter and then improve the composition, details etc.
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:iconhopu-chan:
hopu-chan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
first time doing a completely digital piece of work!
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:iconcatzilladk:
CatzillaDK Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Very nice!
Lovely to see that people try out things to challenge themselves :)
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:iconnicolasjolly:
nicolasjolly Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
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:iconporto881:
Porto881 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I'm always trying new stuff, but I suppose I'll show you my recent attempts at digital painting:


So usually I do lines and hard colors and shading/highlights, but for these I tried to... well, paint x) I experimented with composition and contrasting and lighting and brushes and layers and all sorts of stuff. I'm still a novice for sure, but I enjoy doing it :b
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b-nicoleT Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Writer
This is the result of me trying my hand at traditional art:

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Jonathanjo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
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:iconrubbe:
rubbe Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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:iconchivalrousshark:
ChivalrousShark Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
playing around wiith old charcoal pencil i found, tried to do quite a cartoonish, Tim Burton-esque style since i normally try and draw realistic and get furstrated. Was very pleased with the result.

^^ I really love the colours youve used in your pic up there. It gives a gorgeous lighting effect.
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:iconcatzilladk:
CatzillaDK Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Very "cute" style! :3
I love the grungy style and the technique with the charcoal is (for me) very hard to control.
But it seems that you worked it out quite well! :)

Oh and thank you very much! :) Glad you like it!
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:iconkodemaster:
KodeMaster Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lately, I have been taking sketches from 5 to 13 years ago and applying ink/marker to them. Here is one:

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CatzillaDK Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Well that seems interesting!
I have a very ambivalent relationship with my older drawings.
There's no way I could "revive" an old drawing by adding ink or marker, so I start from scratch.
Sadly, there's this unwritten rule that when you draw something again it will not breathe life the same way as the first one did, so I guess your technique may be a bit better! :)
I think I'll give it a try one day and see what happens :D

Thank you very much for posting! :)
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:iconkodemaster:
KodeMaster Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. I find that breaking the rules is the path to discovery. Good luck finding a breakthrough.
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:iconcatzilladk:
CatzillaDK Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Thank you very much! :)
I shall do my best :)
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DimensionSeven Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013

Enjoy! :wave:
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:iconretsamys:
RetSamys Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait... did you read what this thread is about? I'm just asking because you posted the same to another thread and it was obvious you didn't read the rules on what to post...
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:iconsky-c:
Sky-C Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist


Experimenting with how well I could improve what was so far a not-so-great background.
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:iconcatzilladk:
CatzillaDK Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I think you've done some pretty interesting things to the background! :)
Lovely texture as well as a very nice mood which fits the eagle quite well :)

Thank you very much for the post! :)
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Sky-C Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
:)
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:iconmannphotos:
mannphotos Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer

I have never tried a Panoramic before. I went out today and got this.
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:iconcatzilladk:
CatzillaDK Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Awesome photo! :D
I've always wanted to make a panoramic photo but never really got around it.
The only thing I can point out is that it's a shame you can't click it any larger!
Fantastic photo, but I want to see all the little details! :XD:

But sadly I'm not very good with photography, so I can't give you any real advise D:
Sorry :(

Thank you for posting anyway! :)
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:iconmannphotos:
mannphotos Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much. feel free to download the original. The full size is 10646x2518.
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CatzillaDK Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
*facepalm*
Of cause :D
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YaensArt Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay so I took a photo of my face from a really weir angle/with a weird cut) That already looked strange and new to me, as if the eye was on a flat wall of skin rather than being part of a face. But then the experimentation really started: The nex step was to make a mandala out of eyes! The result speaks for itsself.
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CatzillaDK Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Pretty interesting indeed! :D
Funny how one thing can lead to another right? :)

(sorry for not having that much to say!) D:

Thank you very much for posting this! :D
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YaensArt Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Most of my pieces start out with experimenting. And yeah one thing leads to the other and sometimes the result is a rather extensive piece of art :D

No worries you don't have to write novels here :D
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