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d 0437 by achibner d 0437 by achibner
so, the thought process is as follows:
I was watching a fantastically skilled artist paint on livestream last week and noticed in the chat a brief discussion concerning layer masks. most people said they never used them. I thought that odd because I use them all the time. and that got me thinking of all the things one can do with masks. which made me think of (I believe) some guild wars2 concept art I saw recently over on cghub which appeared to utilize some masking techniques for some cool effects. so at that point I was too distracted to continue with the project I was working on and instead painted this, using almost entirely masks of some sort.

anyway, yeah. just trying to learn anywhere there is something to learn.

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mattiuw Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I really like this illustration!
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SprocketAndSpear Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
I love the power that emanates from the contrast and the subject. Very nice
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zoroblind69 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
nice job. classic pose!
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Theherois--me Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Awesome style and use of textures.
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Artnaitve Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
WOW... takes a lot to get that out of me, that is just a wow.I love photoshop and have used it for illustrations for years. I never use layer masks, interesting effects indeed.
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic work!!
I use layer masks quite a bit as well...the effect here is wonderful and adds a lot to the mood! :clap:
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conworth Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I love your style here.
Can you explain a bit more about how you used the masks? I've only ever used them to block out unwanted bits on a layer.
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achibner Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
hmm, I can be a little long winded when trying to explain stuffs, but here are some thoughts: yes masks can be used to block or cover areas, but also they can be used to reveal. masks offer by far and away the best way to control transparencies of individual pixels. most of your raster tools can be used directly on your masks, which means you can literally paint on them the same you would with a typical layer. in the above image, I used masks all over the place but the major step was when I painted the figure onto a mask to reveal the textured layer and then refined the result via a series of adjustments. in the end, experimenting is your best friend!
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conworth Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed, very enlightening. Thank you very much for the explanation.
I see how it can be very helpful now. Yes I agree, experimenting is the best way to learn with anything when it comes to painting.
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christoefour Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ooh, like the style to this one. Great work :)
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