DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW LONG THIS FRIGGIN’ THING TOOK TO FINISH!?!? ARRRGGGHHHH!!!!!
OK, I got that out of my system. Boy, am I late with this art or what? I seem to have missed the holiday I was aiming for. -__- And I have another V-Day submission for my webcomic pending, too. These holidays sneak up WAY too fast!
Anyway, this is a pic of Wanda and Cosmo from “Fairly Odd Parents”. Duh. I hope it looks good--I’ve stared at it so long I can’t stand it. I need to step back for a few weeks before I can enjoy it again. I had a real trial with the wings; the tutorial I planned on using only worked for Photoshop 7 (and I have CS2). So I had to make up my own method via hours and hours of trial and error. The background gave me trouble, too. After hours of surfing the Net for ideas and stuff, I downloaded a bunch of brushes and made some very-complicated-yet-deceptively-simple-looking BG that just kinda hangs there like some sort of backdrop for a high school dance photo op. I combined several tutorials plus my own ideas for the eyes; looks good, huh? I liked one of the effects so much I used it to make all the highlights kinda glowy and stuff. Oooooo, pretty. Do you have any idea how many LAYERS in Photoshop I ended up using for this thing? Especially with all the fancy effects I borrowed/swiped/made up/conjured from thin air? I dunno either and I’m not going to count but it was a lot. >_< I had to use several files just to keep track of it all. Do I make things WAY too complicated? Yes, I think I do.
What kind of tricks did I use? Well, I’ll tell you that layer effects are your friends. ^_^ Particularly “Multiply” and “Linear Dodge”. Oh, and the Gaussian Blur filter is a good buddy, too.
BTW, Wanda is NOT shorter than Cosmo! She’s bending over more and is behind him; this gives the illusion that she’s shorter when she’s not. I’m really not that good at shading yet, so it’s kinda hard to tell.
Are there too many sparkles? I can fix that easy if it’s a problem. And if the BG is stupid, I can fix that too. I just have to POST this darn thing already.
EDIT: Darnit, FULL VIEW, people! You can't see the detail I sacrificed my sanity for if you don't FULL VIEW!!!!! *shakes monitor* Besides, it looks way better full size.