So the theme for Monthly Makers this month is GEOMETRY. A lot of fun, but also pretty simple for me as most of what I make is about shapes. HOWEVER, I decided I wanted to challenge myself a little bit and go for more of a classic geometric style! I’ve also explored and experimented with a new software (C4D) and some new techniques, and I’ve had so much fun! I’ve been super busy with it, and I haven’t been producing as many “finished” art pieces as I usually do, as I haven’t succeeded in doing what I’ve wanted to do. Heh.
I keep noticing I’m expecting to find this new software as easy as I find Photoshop, but it’s kind of unfair really. How many years have I been playing around in Photoshop? Almost ten, probably. I don’t even know. So yeah. I have a few years until I’ll be as relaxed in 3D-softwares as I am in Photoshop, but at least I’m working on it now!
Aaanyway, here’s what I created:
The bottom part is made with a pretty simple technique in Cinema 4D, and I’m not completely happy with the “finish” of it but it’s gonna have to do. The rest of the image is made in good ol’ Photoshop.I started with a blank canvas and created this space-y image using some brushes I’ve bought. It’s a bit too simple really… The tricky part is converting the image into a 3D-result or whatever you’re gonna make of it later in your mind. You’re not after creating something pretty in this process (like, I don’t like the image above), it’s just supposed to look cool in the next stage!
I just made a plane in the 3D-software and then I displaced + “coloured” it using the image I just showed you. Looks very different depending on the angle. (Like things in 3D tend to do.)
I exported it from this angle. It’s kind of frustrating to go 3D as exporting takes SO LONG compared to the 5 minutes it has taken with my previous creations. After that I went into Photoshop and added a gradient to fade the image into white = give me a clean area to place some SHAPES.
Made a few triangles and made this pretty shape by mistake as I was moving the layers around. :)))) Haha. I accidentally had them pasted “on top” of the other triangles, meaning they would only show on top of them and not outside of the bottom triangles. Anyway, it’s my new favourite feature in Photoshop! I’ve needed it so many times through the years but haven’t known how to do it. Or that you even could. Just hold Alt while you click the line between two layers and the top one will only affect the lower one. Goes for adjustment layers and everything!!!!!!!!! Amazing. I used to flatten stuff?!? I mean that’s just the worst because then you can’t change the curve layer again if you change your mind!
I had almost decided I was done with the image when I had made the version before this, but then I realised the plain triangles were a bit lame. So I inverted them, made them dark blue and added some dusty scratchy stuff on them. Oh and I also lowered the opacity of the white gradient on top of the background!
And then I copied the process but with another base image to put into C4D, and with another geometric shape on top! Built something with squares that time.
So that’s it! My contribution to Monthly Makers this month! I really like this duo, and I had a lot of fun creating them! Hope you liked my little run through of the process, and I’ll see you around!
Monthly Makers is a challenge for anyone who wants to be more creative. During 2017 we’ll be launching twelve themes – one for every month – to inspire and challenge you. For February the theme is GEOMETRY and Fredrika is hosting. Comment on her post here with a link to your creation before 28/2 to be a part of the compilation. More inspiration can be found over on Pinterest.
The people behind Monthly Makers 2017 are Alicia, Beatrice, Elsa, Emilia, Fredrika, Johanna, Julia, Mikaela, Ruth, Stina, Wilda and me. Be inspired, create and challenge yourself all through the year.