The “Over My Shoulder” Training Series November 08, 2015 12:16 4 Comments

With my “Mastering the Digital Canvas” portrait-painting series complete, I’m looking forward now to my new series, “Over My Shoulder,” that will cover new subjects and techniques.  The first lesson in this series will focus on my technique for painting birds using the mixer brush in Photoshop.  This is a passion of mine, and I’m looking forward to sharing with you my approach to this kind of painting.  The tutorial will be available in the spring.

Other painting subjects for this series will include florals, landscapes and still-life - as well as some different kinds of portraiture.  If you have any thoughts about what you’d like to see presented, I hope you’ll feel free to share those ideas.

This new series will be structured a little differently than my MTDC series.  I took a lot of time in Lessons 1-3 to introduce the tools I use for painting in Photoshop.  I tried to show all the finer points of the smudge tool and the mixer brush - how they work; designing and creating them; all the different controls that are available.

The OMS series will assume that you already possess all of this knowledge, so the instruction will focus more on workflow and technique.  I plan to be a little more concise with these tutorials, but we’ll see how that goes.

Note: The work-in-progress painting above shows a northern flicker that I photographed on my deck.  This bird is a fairly large, distinctly-marked member of the woodpecker family. They are maybe even more striking in flight - their underwings are magnificent.  One morning my wife, Janet, and I watched as a male and female flicker danced in near-sync on our neighbor’s roof.  It was quite a show.

As I make this painting, I’m using the mixer brush (the same brush configurations provided in Lesson 3 of my MTDC series).