Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Taking it Easy by Sheralyn Barnes

I've spent the last month or so trying to sharpen my computer illustrating skills. I've really wanted to learn how to make the process feel more like real painting and thanks to some great advice from (the amazing illustrator) Will Terry, I've learned a few tips that have really opened up the whole world for me. In fact, I've been a bit obsessed, so that's a good sign. It's a technique in Photoshop that involves creating your own personal brush textures and then using layers, allowing you to construct a painting on the screen just as you would on a canvas or panel. I'm eating it up and just loving it. Many, many thanks to Will Terry and his videos for introducing me to it! I still have much to learn, but am so excited to start my next piece.

I do have to apologize,'s another sheep. As I said before, I'm many ways. My plan was just to play around with the technique with a sketch that I had already done. So I just grabbed this sudsy guy out of the sketch files and started playing. 

...and playing

...and many many hours later, I now have this.


So, in a nutshell, that's what I've been doing with myself for the last month.

Thanks so much for checking in again. I promise to surprise you all with something non-wooly one of these days!

Be sure to check in on Hazel's lovely work here next week!

©2011 Sheralyn Barnes


  1. This is incredibly awesome. Do you have a link to the tutorials you're referring to ?

  2. Thanks a lot Marty! I would love to recommend Will Terry's tutorials. You can find them on his blog at his website His blog is also full of wonderful and insightful information.

  3. Wonderful Sheralyn! I love your sheep!

  4. I see what you mean about those reflections in the bath tub - lovely! Hazel

  5. I'm really working on adding texture to my digital renderings. Is Will Terry the only Tutorial worth checking out or do you have other suggestions?