Keyon, Content (in Corel!)

KT-2This chap might look familiar to long-time readers. What seems a very long time ago now, the beginning of November, I made a Time-Tested with he as the commanding subject. It seemed to go down very well, and as I’d had such fun working with him, I took the (most uncharacteristically) bullish step of getting in touch and asking if he’d be intersted in taking a couple more.

To my surprise, Keyon was not horrified, in fact he was very much up for it! After some pleasantly brief direction and discussion, I was practically inundated with photographs… well, twenty or so. They are all portraits taken in a similar vein to the Reddit exercise, showing a range of emotions and feelings. Here are the first two, which fell under the umbrella of ‘content’ – attempting to show happiness and serenity without smiling. With that sense of satisfaction and happiness in oneself and one’s situation, it seemed correct that I could get away with my traditional drawing style. Some others might demand something different, though, so watch this space!

The above is another foray into the wonderful world of Corel Painter, this time trying to use its pencil tools. This was, again, a very pleasant visual experience while also posing much more of a traditional challenge. I’m still dizzy by the amount of things you can alter in it – pencil type, softness, paper stock, they’ve thought of everything! In a subliminal honour of the work’s Time-Tested heritage, I did this relatively quickly – circa seventy minutes. I quite like the result, but I’m left wondering whether it actually says ‘content’, and whether I should have gone more delicately on it.

Below, we have a piece I made shortly after receiving the photographs, back in the realm of Photoshop, and taking far greater liberties with regards time limits, as I would hope is clear to you. For some reason I used Photoshop’s default brush instead of my own concoctions, giving it perhaps a less graceful finish and making some shading a bit choppy, but other than that it turned out quite well.

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My sincere thanks to Mr. Taravati for being so tremendously generous in his assistance. And indeed, with lots more photographs to get through, we will likely be seeing a lot more of Keyon here in the near future!

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24 comments
  1. Lee Hesketh said:

    Great work, I really thought that WAS a pencil drawing at first!

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    • Jacob said:

      Ha ha, thanks ever so much, Lee… but as far as this blog is concerned, you should know better by now!! 😉

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      • Lee Hesketh said:

        Lol, I stand corrected!

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  2. Geke Hop-Wassink said:

    The photo on top I see a man relaxt, like he is lost in music, that was what came to my mind. The second drawing of a man who is just looking and fee;ing content with it. I hope you understand what I’m trying to say Jacob, could not find the right English words ❤

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    • Jacob said:

      Oh, well that sounds like I did better than I thought! Thanks, Geke!

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      • Geke Hop-Wassink said:

        You’re welcome 😉

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  3. Wowser!! These are great! Those eyes…stunning! I can see why you were inspired. Glad you stalked him for more photos! Hehe…I love the results! 😃

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    • Jacob said:

      Ha ha, ‘stalked’ is such a sinister word. I merely left a polite private message 😉 but thanks, Charlie! Keyon’s eyes in the original were pretty much the reason I touted more – to do more with them!

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      • Jacob said:

        Ha! Happily he was flattered to be asked but I was a bit nervous to ask. Saying that, I’ve done it again with another Reddit-er since, with yet more success! Watch this space 😉

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  4. “Quite well”? I think it’s super awesome…both of them! So do you prefer Corel Draw to PS, then?

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Teresa! At the moment, Corel is definitely looking preferable for sketching/painting – it just seems to react so smartly. PS definitely still has a use and a place in my heart, though – it always will! ❤ (especially come February, when my Corel trial runs out!!)

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  5. jmnowak said:

    Jacob, I think you’re gonna have to invest in Corel…I like the results in the top pic…such fine detail especially with the hair. My preference! Great work.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Janina! Oh I know – I want want want! It’s amazing how different the experience is to Photoshop, even when using the same physical tools. I might indeed have to invest – or ask Santa early – we’ll see!

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      • jmnowak said:

        It’s interesting, Jacob, I didn’t think one could ‘draw’ or ‘paint’ directly from within Photoshop. That’s why there are so many other suites, eg CS6, Illustrator, and Corel Painter etc.

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      • Jacob said:

        A lot of people do use Photoshop for digital painting. I think it’s more of an ‘all-round’ program these days – I’m still finding new facets to it after many years – which might explain why more gravitate toward it. (I’m using CS5, which is now a few years old and I haven’t seen later than CS6 – it’s probably even better for such things these days!)

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      • jmnowak said:

        Ooohh…well, there ya go…I now know something I didn’t know before. Thanks Jacob!

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  6. Gorgeous art Jacob, you have really mastered the digital drawing. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Jacob said:

      Aw, thanks so much, Sharon! Glad you enjoyed these!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks so much, Laura! Glad you’re liking the eyes – they deserve the attention, I think. Very powerful!

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  7. Bill Fufkin said:

    How nice of him…sounds as though you’ve a big fan. He has the look of someone I know, but can’t quite place. Charming images. B

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    • Jacob said:

      Very nice indeed. Thanks so much, Bill!

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