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20110411-Watercolor-Mandala-v12 by quasihedron 20110411-Watercolor-Mandala-v12 by quasihedron
I learned a really neat technique today. I took some b&w-grayscale images of 3D shapes, and used those as an overlay to put a 3D structure on a 2D image. It is just so different than in all the 3D programs which spend a lot of resources mapping the textures onto the 3D shape. Anyway, it really does impart, and rightfully so, the 3D shading onto the 2D, giving it a quick burst of dimension. WOW! This opens up a whole new way to work, and not have to get into the major technicalities of learning a complex 3D program. :wow:

It may only work for some basic shapes (like sphere, torus and pyramids, etc., in regularly orientations, but that is OK for my type of symmetric work. It does not preclude any other specifics than just a gray-scale image, and that is itself a fun thing to do as well.

I wonder what happens if I am not reinforcing an existing pattern? :? Hmmm!
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buddhakat9 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
lovely idea... I'll have to see what I can do with that process.. believe it or not, I've actually been working on some digital art that is not fractal!!!
this is an amazing piece!! I'm guessing you may have colored some layers separately?

:)
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quasihedron Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use a lot of layers in Photoshop, like 10-30 layers per image. I take selections of an original image and split it off to separate layers. Each layer has its own special effects, like drop shadows and highlights and overlayed coloring effects and the like. That is how I get the 3D effects, glows, shadows and the like.

Thanx! :D
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basantis Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow! Cool effect and splendid colors! :)
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quasihedron Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Merci, Isa! :bow :hug:
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basantis Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist
J'aime beaucoup!
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quasihedron Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:bow: :hug:
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DennisBoots Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
great!!!
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quasihedron Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanx! :D
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heyday93 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Very beautiful Mandala, Danny, I love the colors! :clap:
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quasihedron Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
J'ai travaillé dur pour créer des tons bijou vivant et riche, tout en conservant le toucher des formes. Merci pour le gentil commentaire, Annie! :D :hug: :teddy:

I worked hard to create vibrant and rich jewel tones, and still keep the feel of the shapes. Thanx for the nice comment, Annie! :D :hug: :teddy:
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