Cloud Studies

These are a few cloud studies I did a while back with the talented Brennan Massicotte. We wanted to develop a process in photoshop to paint some nice voluptuous clouds. In the first study, I used a simple hard brush, and avoided smooth blending. I wanted to focus on just the values, temperature, and how the forms turned. The second one is similar, only this time I indulged in some smudging. :)

The third study is a little special. It was created using only the Lasso tool on my laptop's trackpad. It's an exercise I started practicing after trying it once during Jason Scheier's digital painting class at Concept Design Academy. I forgot my tablet at home for class that day, but instead of going back for it, I thought it might be an interesting challenge to try painting without it! The exercise turned out to be really useful. For the cloud study, I made the depth of field effect plus varying edge quality by building up selection layers with incremental levels of feathering. 

Still life of Helm. CDA 2012. First time painting with only Lasso tool using trackpad.