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From Speedpainting to Concept Art

Photoshop Custom Brush Techniques with David Levy

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In this DVD, David Levy demonstrates the Adobe Photoshop® techniques that he uses to create environ- ments for the entertainment industry. He specifically reveals the custom brush creation techniques that have been perfected by a small group of passionate artists in Montreal. From two basic brushes, David shows you how to develop your own library of custom brushes that will allow you to gain speed and efficiency during your speedpainting process. Beginning with examples such as mountains, forests and clouds, David then leads you through the creation of a concept art painting, from rough sketches to a final piece with environment, vehicles and characters. Using texture brushes, you will then learn to refine and complete the painting without losing the original dynamism and composition of the sketch. This DVD includes the set of brushes that are created in the lecture, as well as the layered PSD files.

  • Custom Brush Creation
  • Speedpainting
  • Teamwork
  • Lighting Strategy
  • Detail Brushes
  • Scene Refining
  1. Chapter 1: The Pitch
    01: The Pitch
    02: Complex Brush Creation
    03: Brush Testing
  2. Chapter 2: The Speedpainting
    01: Rough Composition
    02: Composition Refinement
  3. Chapter 3: The Final Concept/refining
    01: Painting the Background
    02: Painting the Main Building
    03: Creation and Use of Detail Brushes
    04: Detailing and Special FX
  • Product Code: DLE01
  • ISBN: 1-59762-916-2
  • UPC: 805366016487
  • Duration: 165 minutes
  • Formats: DVD-ROM, Mac or PC only

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  • 1GHz or faster processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 64 MB Video RAM
  • DVD-ROM Drive
  • 5 GB of hard disk space
  • 1280 x 1024 display

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  • Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
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  • Software Used:

  • Adobe

David Levy

Concept Artist

David Levy is a leading international concept artist and one of the founders of Steambot studios. He studied industrial design and architecture in France and the Netherlands respectively. He has contributed to titles for various platforms and recently worked on the development of Prince of Persia 3 and Assassin's Creed while at Ubisoft in Montreal. His unique interests merge video gaming, film and his industrial design background to create fantasy elements at many scales. He is currently working in Los Angeles, California as senior concept artist in the movie industry on Tron Legacy.

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"I've been watching the very innovative digital painting techniques David and his colleagues have been working on over the last several years with great interest. Having now employed the ideas into some of my own work I'm even more excited and eager to be able to offer to you his techniques through this newest DVD addition to our library."

- Scott Robertson
Founder, Design Studio Press

Read the review of this DVD from Imagine FX

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