Friday, January 28, 2011

Octopus limbs

For David Maas's Ask A Biologist speedpaint challenge, I chose the question, Do octopus limbs grow back?

Though the answer is no, I gave my octopus a few split digits, as though a new tip grew next to a partially severed one. Painted in ArtRage in 30 minutes.  Still learning to speedpaint digitally: I didn't expect the "glitter" setting to make that much texture under the other layers of paint.

Cross-posted on my blog.


davidmaas said...

Hi Glendon. Nice!
The glitter will show through for two reasons... either the layer on top is transparent or your referring to the depth channel (which I think is the case). That is a cool feature in ArtRage, which like all cool features sometimes feels like a bug. A layer on top will still keep the shadows (the depth info) from layers below it - like painting thin pigments over a dried layer that's been laid out pretty thick.
If you want to get rid of that, you'll have to erase those bits of the underlying layer. Or mask them. (Forget how that works, though.)

Glendon Mellow said...

Hey David! This was fun!

Yeah, I upped the metallic of the color for the pale sand at the bottom when I got started, and never turned the metallic down (I usually leave it off). I think it adds more depth than just un-thinned paint. Ah well.