Photoshop Concept Art #1: First Attempts

Within a tutorial i was shown by one of the tutors ways in which to use Photoshop more easily to create quick concepts. Coupled with learning the basic functions, the tutorial was centered primarily around distorting imagery for beneficial purposes, this is achieved by using tools such as; Burn, Heal, Lasso, Dodge and Polygonal Lasso, with additional tips on how to use Hue and Saturation Adjustments for better effect.


Here was my first attempt, i generally never used Photoshop in any prior concepts before so this was pretty new to me. For a first attempt i’m generally happy with how it came out. Looking back on it, i would’ve been a lot sharper with the execution of using the tools now i know what to do. I mistakenly used the Burn and Heal tools in this to create these image without the realization they were tools primarily for distortionary purposes like shading.


Here was my second attempt. I tried to incorporate some freehand perspective into the concept by making it seem it was on a road going off into the distance but as you can see it was abundantly clear i had a lot to learn. I was generally content with the image, i tried to capture a bus travelling down a desert road near to dusk and used the tools available to do so. I was inspired by the lighting at the front of the bus by something i’d seen years ago on Art Attack i believe, it was were the presenter took a black sheet of paper and instead of drawing the image he would only draw the parts of the image where the light would hit it. I tried to get that effect, yet the scene wasn’t sufficiently under-lit to achieve this so i attempted to effect on the rays of light protruding from the front section of the bus.

Overall, i can see the use for Photoshop when it comes to future projects. Obviously i’m going to have to work on refining my skills in order to better convey concepts but it’s a start.


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