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Anna's Dream: Triptych by Brokenopenseed Anna's Dream: Triptych by Brokenopenseed

A triptych based on a friends dream: "The earth is covered in water. The water is filled with broken glass. It is beautiful, but it hurts."

My research and study of comics is beginning to influence my work, but I still have a long way to go before I'll be making comics.

Image 1 ---> fav.me/d4ny7ri

Image 2 ---> brokenopenseed.deviantart.com/…

Image 3 ---> brokenopenseed.deviantart.com/…
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the-imagined Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If your "research and study of comics is beginning to influence [your] work", I'd say you're studying the right stuff. And if you haven't seen that movie, I'd recommend it.
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Brokenopenseed Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wait, what movie?
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asiapasek Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
All together looks impressive!
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Brokenopenseed Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I'm currently learning a few things with photoshop and adobe illustrator and will be formatting them into more of a comic feel because that was my original intent for them.
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asiapasek Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Try MyPaint, as well (it's freeware, costs nothing), I guess you might like it; MyPaint brushes make great textures. It doesn't replace Photoshop, but it's a good addition. Photoshop is great for layering and masking, but when you try to paint - I mean with brush or aerobrush - everything looks so flat! For someone who is good in traditional techniques, like you, this can be unbearable.
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Brokenopenseed Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I just downloaded MyPaint. Some really cool stuff. I would say it's perfect except that I can't figure out if I can change the image size. That would be a huge bummer If that's not an option. Let me know what you know about this.

Thanks again.
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asiapasek Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
In MyPaint you work on unlimited canvas, you can scroll in any direction as you paint and you'll never get to a border; at the moment you save the file, the used area is saved and this is when pixel dimensions are set. Sure it may be tricky to get the initial size of a drawing just right; but if you like to start from a sketch, then it's easy. My favourite metod is like this: 1) I scan a sketch or I get some initial drawing from any other software, in the rigt size. 2) I save as PNG and open this PNG in MyPaint. 3)I draw on a new layer (or many layers), I save as ORA in meantime. 4) When finished, I save as "separate PNG file per each transparent layer" (I'm not sure how exactly this option is called in English, but you'll find it in file formats list) 5)I open all my numbered PNGs in Photoshop and I put them as layers to one PSD file, then I can still play with blending modes or hue/saturation or sth else.
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Brokenopenseed Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I will have to check that out at some point. Currently I use Twisted Brush (free version). It's not great for brushes or masking, but it's phenomenally easy to use layers (many layers if you aren't using a dumpy computer like me(at least it was with the last version, I don't know if they've updated/changed it since 3 years ago).
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asiapasek Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
So I need to check Twisted Brush, I don't know it. Thanks for a tip.
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AnaJovanovska Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
love the first one!
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Brokenopenseed Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.
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Cnids Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I added these individually to my favourites, but I especially love them in a series.

I need to learn more about monotype, these are so fantastic looking, especially the colours.
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Brokenopenseed Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The way I learned was by taking relatively simple forms (like insects or veggies) and just slapping down thin layers of ink using rollers (no brushes, no mineral spirits).

Examples: 1)[link] 2)[link] 3)[link] (All 3 examples are the same process I used for the Triptych of Anna's Dream)

I attach a sheet of newsprint with the desired drawing on the back of my plexiglass.

Starting with a light ink (usually yellow) I apply broad, liberal rolls in the general area of my outlines. Then I work reductively with cheesecloth or wooden tools (usually used for ceramics). Sometimes I roll on additional details with the thinnest of rollers.

I basically do this for each layer. 2nd layer is usually a different light color or a medium tone. 3rd layer is usually a mid-dark tone. 4th layer is dark-black tone.
The other difference between layers is how loose I work. The darker the color gets, the tighter and more controlled I get with its application.

This is just how I learned to monotype with color... There is no end to the number of approaches and techniques. Many of the other ways didn't work for me, but I've seen others use them very successfully.

The biggest thing to remember with monotypes (and most printmaking techniques) is to experiment. Work big, work small. Work loose, work controlled. Try different papers, different ink additives, try anything.

Play :)
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Cnids Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's crazy awesome. I actually did some research on monotypes after I saw your work because I had no idea what it was. Needless to say, I understand why it's called "mono"-type now. :D

I think I might give this a shot someday, they seem to print up really nicely but I imagine it's a bit weird to get used to at first since you've only got one shot at it each time.
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Brokenopenseed Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It is tricky at first. My first 10 or so were rubbish. But you can learn a ton from every failed print. Take advantage of "ghost prints" with Monotypes too. It's where you print it again with the residual ink left on the plate. Sometimes ghost images look better than the original. If not you can always layer or draw over top.

Good luck!
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Pepper-Dragon Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh wow! I love these together! Well done. :D
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Brokenopenseed Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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milyxas90 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student General Artist
So beautiful and paintful at the same time... I think that is what they say when something is "bittersweet"...
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Brokenopenseed Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Bittersweet it is!
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