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Exercise 23: A Classic Paintover by ConceptCookie Exercise 23: A Classic Paintover by ConceptCookie

See the full Exercise Post and Downloadable Practice Sheet HERE

EXERCISE: Take/Find a screenshot of a still in a “classic” animation movie and paint over with a modern update.

  • Two (2) Week Drawing Exercise!

This has been recently popularized by Tyson Murphy, who did a brilliant job with his paint overs of “The Sword in the Stone” and “101 Dalmations“. You can find those and more on his tumblr page HERE. This has been something I’ve seen a few artists do in the past but only until Tyson recreated his did I realize the pure exercise behind it. With the concept and base colors laid out, the focus is ENTIRELY on the shading. So rather than spending the time having to think creatively for a sleek concept or a dynamic composition, your mind can focus on what’s already given and shade it so that the image is brought to life in a more modernized style. So how do you go about choosing the screen cap?

  1. Find a classic animation movie and take a screenshot of a point that would be a great study to shade over.
  2. Find a shot that is flat and static in it’s layout and color choices. The simpler the shot, the more you have to work with!
  3. Bring that screenshot into the handout given below, and place the screenshot in both the top area and a duplicate in the bottom area.
  4. Paintover the bottom screenshot however you would like, focusing on the shading and lighting.
Post your results on the Concept Cookie site and you may be recognized as a top submission!

Bonus Cookie Points to whomever can guess the mouse in the feature image!

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CatStudio7 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really interesting project and maybe the perfect project to practice painting Shading and Highlights in Photoshop.:happybounce: 
I'm gonna try it, if I find some time and a perfect screenshot.:D
daufuskiedog Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't seen The Secret of Nimh in forever!
Great job!
Vilviel Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've done the exercice with Brisby too !
Ta-daaa :…
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great job! Love the movie
Static-Foil Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, this looks good. o.o
Kinetii Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
mrs. brisby

-eat cookies- :I
Refleximage Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Mrs B, Mrs B!  I gotta have the sparkly!  MRS B.  IGOTTAHAVETHESPARKLY!!!!!!!!!
Vilviel Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What a coincidence ! I watched The Secret of Nimh yesterday ! :o
FrenchOtaku Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
She's from the Secrect of Nihm. (Ms Brisby)
Too bad its sequel the quest of Timmy is an abomination.
BlueVenture Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Student
Im going to have to do this. Just gotta think a movie I'd like to do.
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