Wednesday, November 21, 2007

An ArtRage Piece

©Armand Serrano.
A few months ago, I posted my very first ArtRage piece, Well, I havent touched the software since till a couple of nights ago. I was talking to another artist in the studio how tedious and slow Painter software is. Well I got reminded of Artrage and decided to play around with it again. After a couple of hours of enjoyment, I'm so satisfied with the simplicity and ease of use versus the very complex Painter. The textures are working out fine and not to mention that it doesn't lag down even when I'm using a big brush. It has no fancy saturation, color balance, even brightness and contrast controls so it trains me to be sharp in choosing my values and colors. I'll be definitely using it more in combination with Photoshop for the new project I'll be art directing at the studio. It has my endorsement if you guys want to check it out. By the way, did I say it's only $25 bucks! This is the piece I did that night - I'd say 99% Artrage and 1% Photoshop (just for a slight tonal gradation).

31 comments:

Jenika said...

I've been really enjoying ArtRage lately. What brush did you use for that? It looks like the paintbrush, but without the excess texture. I haven't figured out how to get a nice transparency, either, without putting it on a different layer and reducing the layer transparency- Is that what you did?

Dave said...

This looks awesome!
I keep on hearing great things about this program - can't wait to check it out!

Marcos Mateu said...

Very nice. Great use of color and brushstroke indeed!

TheWrist said...

Love it! Love Artrage too! I use it for boards at work all the time-wonderful little program. Love that blue u used.

Marcelo Vignali said...

Very nice! I've gotta get that program.

Ale said...

Wow, that's very impressing Armand.
Still trying to figure out how you got those sharp stroke shapes..!

Shuku said...

"So all we have to do is go in there. Through those trees. And find the path and everything will be all right."

"Yep. It's all very straightforward this time."

"I'd hate to think of what your definition of -complicated- would be if THAT is straightforward, and before you say anything let me remind you that the LAST time you told me something of the sort, we wound up eaten by large hairy demonic spiders."

"Well...who wants easy to be -boring-?"

It's a lovely piece Armand! I just couldn't resist the immediate reaction that popped into my head! I think I better start looking out for this program at some point. It does sound easy to use even for such a digital klutz like me.

--Shuku
Donating lungs via coughing

SIM-R said...

Very cool! - great colors , great mood and lovely composition .

Edouard Chevais-Deighton said...

Somethings is gone happen here. Brrrr, a monster may appears suddenmy...
Great work Armando !

Tim Bye said...

Great piece Armand! Always fun to find a new tool!

A. Riabovitchev said...

Looks GREAT!Nice colors.:o)

marcobucci said...

beautiful image Armand! Being a PS user, that brush engine threw me off. But after seeing the great work by yourself, Sparth, and Robh (among others), I'm tempted to try it again.

timothee de place said...

That's a really nice gestural piece, I love the looseness of it. I played around with Artrage a while back, and was surprised at the user friendlyness of the program. It may not have as many functions as PS, but it does the job well.

Armand Serrano said...

Thanks guys.

Hey JENIKA,

I didn't reduce the transparency. I played around with the amount of paint load in combination with the amount of paint thinner and turned off the brush auto clean to have a more natural texture. But haven't full control of the transpanrencies yet so will keep you posted. Sorry for the late reply.

Hey ALE,

By reducing the paint thinner and increasing the paint load will give you those sharper edged strokes. Also turn on the brush auto clean to obtain this effect. Again, I'm still experimenting on this. Thanks.

Nicolas P. Villarreal said...

That's really cool Armand, thank you for sharing that information with us. The painting looks beautiful, i really like the colors and how loose it is.

Salud!!!

Ink Giant said...

sweet

robi pena said...

Your work is absolutely astounding.
Very inspiring!

Daniel Best said...

Hi Armand,

May I ask a couple of questions (about some blogs you made before =)~)? I'd really like to know the length of time that's committed to completing concept art like luau-armandserrano.jpg posted 8 October. And also the layout pound.1.jpg posted April 04, 2006 (your first ever post =P). I would like to know the drawing time because I believe I'd feel more happy drawing knowing some professional parameters. OK...one question is enough..!

Your drawings are exceptionally skilled and highly beautiful works. Thanks for sharing and inspiring lots of people!

Joshua James said...
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Joshua James said...

AHHH the mandatory Art Rage blog post! Ahh crud I still haven't done mine!

Awesome new posts btw.. we want more! ^ ^

toni reyna said...

this is sweet! . Makes me want to use my art rage as well...great

Armand Serrano said...

Hi Daniel Best,

Thanks for the comment.

To answer your question on the luau artwork for Surf's Up, I'd say a week all in all. It's actually a composite of two finished layouts. The directors decided to combine the two moments into one. The first two were both done in pencil (11"x17" each) for approximately three days. Then it took me two more days to do the compositing and lighting in Photoshop and adding some more drawings to fill in the gaps. The size of the finished artwork is approximately 17"x36". But the artwork under it took me only an hour and a half for an 11x 17 size. It all depends on the complexity (and need) of the layout.

The pound layout for Lilo & Stitch is an actual background layout that took me about four days all in all to complete. It's a pretty big set-up for a two and a half second shot. The size is approximately 18"x52" (two 24 field animation papers). The rough layout including plotting the camera move took a couple of days. Then another two days to clean it up with adjustments based from the actual animation keyframes.

Hope these info help. Thanks and keep in touch.

Daniel Best said...

Wow Armand,

That's the most detailed explanation - beyond what I anticipated. Thanks for taking the time out to provide me the answer.

That's really insightful! And I'm really appreciative. Take care and have fun working on projects at Sony =)

cdeboda said...

I like it! Even though I have the program, it's been a while since I've tried it out. I think it's time to give Artrage another try.

David Colman said...

Paul Felix and I were talking about this over lunch the other day, he too started using it and boasts how great it is, its on my list.....and now seeing this...gotta get it!

thought we might get you over here @ the house of mouse but now your art directing over there...congrats!@ what project?!

Armand Serrano said...

David,

You're right. Actually Andy Harkness and I came by your desk but you were not there the last time I was at the mouse house. Anyway, I'll announce the project hopefully January when everything is good to go. Have a great Christmas to you.

Alina Chau said...

beautiful!

vincentbd/Renton said...

wowwwoww !! Wonderful !!! ;)

Peter said...

artragious! ;)

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