Shading an Ass Face

in #life8 months ago (edited)

Hello and welcome to another subpar art tutorial.  Today I probably won't actually teach you anything again.  I'll simply be placing some images inside this post and writing a few words that would appear to be professional until you read them.

Does your Ass Face look like this?

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Mine did.

Until today when I realized that looks like shit and I could probably do a better job.

Ass Face is a character I made many years ago.  It's just an ass, a neck, a poorly drawn eye, a poorly drawn ear, and something that is supposed to be hair.

In the world of comics and cartoons, one is not required to make characters appear realistic.  Sometimes the worse you do, the better it is, and the more money you'll make.  Watch an episode of The Simpsons or South Park and account for their success if you don't believe me.

In the world of art, sometimes an artist doesn't feel like making something new, but still needs to do something, so they'll take some old work, then pretend to act like they know what they're talking about, while presenting the same old shit a different way.

If you've watched The Simpsons over the years, you'll notice how they work old clips into new shows.  You'll also notice how, over the years, the characters stayed the same but showed signs of gradual improvement over time.  So I shouldn't have to write anything more about this since there's no need to defend myself, plus by now I should have you convinced what I'm doing is totally normal.

Nobody likes a flat Ass Face.

If you look closely at Ass Face, you'll notice he appears flat.

That's because when I first made him, I was in a rush to get shit done.  Spending another hour or more making something look better when it's supposed to be a simple joke seems kind of pointless as well.

Yet, here we are.

Lately I've noticed a few people take a shining to the free art production software suite known as Krita.

I've been using Krita for years.  It has replaced every program I've tried, including the ones I foolishly spent money on, then was forced to upgrade hardware just to get something I'd never use to actually work properly; but that's a story for another day.

Upon launching Krita, you'll be instantly overwhelmed because it looks like something you'd use to control an alien starship through the cosmos.

After a few years though, you'll eventually learn what some of these buttons actually do.  Trial and error is your friend especially once you realize not one of those buttons can obliterate the entire human race.

There are also plenty of tutorials far better than this, online, somewhere, I assume.

Look at my Ass Face now:

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Yes, I realize many people might assume all I did was push a magic button that somehow gives Ass Face a tan.

That is not the case.

How I put?

That is a good question and I thank you for asking.

I sprayed Ass Face with a virtual airbrush.  The airbrush is one of my favorite weapons I have in the arsenal and works much like the physical airbrush you'd see people painting cars with.

One can set it to spray paint on thick, or thin.  It can be set to spray on large areas or small areas.  Truly quite versatile, especially when combined with layers.

In digital art, one must learn many things.  Using layers effectively is one of them.

Rather than treating your digital canvas like a sheet of paper, the digital artist will use many transparent layers that can then be altered individually.  Quite similar to how Disney placed Donald Duck on a transparent piece of plastic, then placed that sheet of plastic on top of a painted backdrop to create the illusion of Donald standing in a field.  You can then make his arm move or add in another character without having to redraw the entire backdrop.

You'll see here how I currently have six layers:
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From bottom to top:

  1. Bottom layer 4 is the cheesy looking sky.
  2. Layer 3(pasted) is the signature I have saved and import into every image so I don't have to draw it each time.
  3. Layer 1 is flat Ass Face you saw at the start.
  4. Layer 4,5,6 is what gives Ass Face a nice tan.

Layer 4:


Layer 5:


Layer 6:


Rather than applying the color directly onto Ass Face, it goes on top.  Then I added two more layers for fine tuning so I didn't have to piss around getting it perfect the first time.  If I screw up or I'm not satisfied, I can simply delete the layer and try again; all my other work remains.

Please note I've added a solid white background layer to each of those layers above for presentation purposes only.  The white does not exist in the image of Ass Face, only the paint.

Here's an image of all three shading layers combined, along with the cheesy looking sky:


The Grand Finale

Now is the part where I make Ass Face disappear and then reappear again!

What kind of sorcery is this?

Another good question!  Thank you for asking.

Once I was finished shading Ass Face, I became bored.  Things only got worse while I sat here proofreading this post.

So I decided to merge all three shading layers and Ass Face into one layer.  I saved the image.  Then I lowered the opacity for Ass Face's layer by 5%, saved that image.  I carried on lowering the opacity in 5% increments and saving the images as I went all the way down to zero, making Ass Face invisible.

I then went over to, uploaded all the images in order, made a gif...

And called it a day.

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Was there a model for the ass or was it freestyle, an anything-goes-ass that just sort of came together in a...half-assed kind of manner?

Good question!

Thanks for asking.

Just freestyle. I just imagined what an ass probably looks like, then grabbed the old airbrush and painted it. Nothing half-assed about it. Both cheeks are there.

Haha, so...Not half-assed, just a quick, cheeky-ass ass. Lol.

When he speaks, guess what he's talking out of.

Artist get famous by his old works painted in the past in a period when he were so lost most pain we go through most creativity we come with, as you said sometimes sample things or maybe to stupid things becoming famous, ass face is a deep character some see it is funny but actually it embodiment something else. I started digital painting recently actually yesterday it is a great way to express your univers.

Everything you've stated here is 100% accurate. A lot of the best stuff from history came from outsiders, nobody knew about it until the artist died, and much of the work took on a whole new meaning over time.

Digital art is a great way to pass the time. There's a lot to learn though, but each day you'll discover something new and be able to build your own style from there.

Yes totaly right they appreciate artists works when they passe away
And they start giving their works a new meaning over the time as you said even meanings reverse to what the artist want to say.

Hilarious, reminds me of:

I'm glad you were able to appreciate the satire.

I unpracticed and unskilled at digital art and art in general. Anything other than move to background or foreground confused me. Thank you for explaining layers. I supposed they work in photo editing too?
i wanted to try lightroom but it's like 15 bucks a month! I ain't no pro. So I downloaded gimp. It has a spaceshit (im not correcting that) feel, too. It also has tons of plugins to confuse or simplify. So I will try darkroom maybe.

I don't edit many photos. I assume photoshop has plenty of tools designed for that. I could easily upload a photo into Krita, put a layer on top, and do much of the same, and plenty of other things, freehand. If you look closely at tanned Ass Face, you'll see what looks like texture or something on the skin. If I was editing a photo doing this, I'd most likely grab a tool and buff that out so it looks smooth and blends. I was planning to do that step here but due to time constraints and budget cuts, I had to leave that out, for now.

Every program out there suits the user. I'd suggest using whatever you're comfortable with, as long as it performs. You'll spend a lot of time learning, you'll get good with that program; other software will feel like a foreign language.

when ass face burps is it actually a fart ?

I'm not sure. You'd be better off asking a scientist.

I miss the days when software actually came with a book on how to use the program. I know a lot of it is on-line now, but it is still a pain in the ass when you are working on something, then have to go and find a how to on-line.

There's a lot of information available. I've looked a few things up. I've seen worse tutorials than this! But most of it is decent.

I still like feeling my way around in the dark though. There's are still a lot of features I've yet to discover and understand. I try to build a new skill every two weeks or so, then incorporate that into whatever I'm doing.

I can imagine Krita would look a bit daunting to someone just going into that kind of thing. Having come from Photoshop and GIMP, it looked so much more managable to me XD

I didn't think original assface looked that flat. Shaded assface definitely had more depth.

Not completely flat, no. I usually do take the time to add at least some depth. I could go a lot further with the shading here and create the illusion of three dimensions. But he's just cartoon, back from vacation.

I generally just put on a baseball cap to shade an ass face

Painting a hat is a lot of extra steps I don't recommend for beginners.

Will there be an "asshat" tutorial coming?

You tell me. You're the expert.

It was a rhetorical question

strokes beard while deep in thought

Great ass (face) 😊

Thanks! I made it myself. ~nods confidently~

Great ass(face) 😁