:: Jessica is an illustrator. She is the author of the children's book "I am not Afraid" currently selling in Waterstones UK. She is a freelance artist and animation co-producer for King Bee Animation Studio in London. She draws, crafts, sews, bakes and occasionally makes short animated clips.
:: Jessica is currently looking for in-house studio positions and in the meantime is taking commissions.
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Anonymous asked: You've got some nice work here. Btw, which tablet are you using for your PS work, are you facing any problem blending the values ?
Hellooo and thank you! :)
I use a Wacom Bamboo Fun, the tiniest version. Sometimes I have trouble blending values; I’m only just learning how to paint in PS. I used to have lots of trouble blending, which is why I hardly picked up my tablet. There are 2 ways I blend; one is when I simply use the Smudge tool, but with the Shape Dynamics and Scattering set on (this ensures that the colours don’t just move around; it’s like using the Add Water blend option in SAI), as my base colours. Then I go over with brushstrokes, using the Eye Dropper tool to pick up the values I’ve smudged together. Otherwise, I just paint with a hard round brush to get general values, then blend them together using a middle-ground colour, with a medium-soft brush on a pretty low opacity. Helps to get a good gradient. :)
For my greyscale work, I tend to work on 2 layers: one layer is pure medium grey, and the second is what I actually paint on. I haven’t done much colour work, but the layers go all over the place when I do - shadows and highlights go on different layers set to Overlay and Soft Light etc, whatever works best.