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The Art Of Roberto Campus


The Art Of Roberto Campus
This the blog of Marvel and DC comics artist and fantasy illustrator Roberto Campus! It features his fantasy art, popular photoshop and wacom tutorials, weekly digital illustration tips, freebies, textures, photoshop brushes and much more.

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Photoshop Tutorial: Bioshock Videogame Digital Painting
2007-09-10 00:08:00
  In this walkthrough I explain how I used Photoshop and a Wacom Tablet to paint a character from the new videogame Bioshock for GamePro Magazine. This walkthrough gives you an overview on how to use textures in a digital painting. Enjoy! I painted this piece over line art by Joe Ng (another artist on the UDON team) for the August 2007 issue of GamePro Magazine. This piece required extensive use of textures because of the rusty metal elements on the character’s suit. I used Photoshop 7 and a Wacom Intuos tablet. My favorite tablet is the Wacom Intuos 3 6×8. See my tutorial on choosing the right graphic tablet. Step 1 - Line Art This was the easiest part: I just opened the file and there it was! Great line art from my fellow UDON artist Joe Ng. Step 2 - Flats A fairly complicated piece like this one, requiring several different textures, calls for an extra step in the process: Flats. As explained in my previous tutorial on how paint a Wonder Woman pin up, flatting i...
More About: Tutorial , Painting , Digital , Videogame
New GamePro Magazine Cover Painting
2007-08-18 04:51:00
I had the honor to paint the cover for GamePro again recently. It’s out now, the August 2007 issue, featuring 3 characters from super well known videogames: Assassin’s Creed, MGS and Metroid Prime. The line art art was drawn by Joe Ng (another UDON artist). Check out the high resolution version here on the UDON’s deviant art page: http://udoncrew.deviantart.com/art/Gamepr o-Cover -Trio-59716006 And here’s a link to the entry in my gallery. If you like it or have bought the magazine, leave a comment :) Roberto
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Downloads : Rusty Metal Yellow Paint Texture
2007-07-11 04:35:00
This texture is the first of a long series of metallic textures I will be posting on my site for download. Some time ago I took tons of pictures of heavy construction equipment (bulldozers, excavators, etc) at a construction site nearby. It was the perfect place to get close-ups photos of gritty metallic surfaces. Pure texture heaven : dirty, scratched and rusty surfaces just waiting to be captured! I made this texture pretty seamless. To use in Photoshop, open the file. Then do a “Select All”. Then do “Edit –> Define Pattern” and voila’ you are now ready to fill any empty layer with this texture (use the paint bucket tool set on pattern for that). Note: You have my permission to download this texture and use it in your artwork only. Leave a comment and let me know if you do. It’s always nice to hear my work is appreciated. Here it is (click on the download link below to download the full size texture file): Enjoy!
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Photoshop Tutorial: Wonder Woman Pin Up Digital Painting
2007-06-28 16:27:00
In this Photoshop tutorial I will show how I used Photoshop and a Wacom Tablet to create a digital illustration of a voluptuous Wonder Woman pin up. The tutorial reveals one of my digital painting techniques with a step by step walk through including images for each stage and layer settings. Enjoy! Introduction: Wonder Woman is an iconic figure in the comic book world. She is an amazon princess called ?Diana? after a Greek goddess (Artemis). One of the most recognized characters in the pantheon (pardon the pun) of the DC Comics universe. Wonder Woman first appeared in the early 1940s and since then has been a favorite of millions of fans on comics, tv series (Linda Carter anyone?) and cartoons. I created this pieces as an homage to the character. I chose to paint her in a pin-up pose because I am also a big fan of the pin up genre and I loved the chance to portray Wonder Woman in a way that is seldom done. Step 1 : Sketch This is where your knowledge of anatomy and the human form...
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New version of my gallery and fantasy art prints store!
2007-06-19 05:11:00
This past week-end I have updated my gallery look. It now looks like the rest of my site. Feel free to browse through it and comment on the pieces that you like the most. Feedback is always appreciated. Also, big news, I have re-launched my prints store! Now you can order prints of some of my most popular fantasy pieces through cafepress. Only $8.99 for poster prints! A steal of a deal :) Roberto
More About: Fantasy Art , Fantasy , Gallery , Store , Art Prints
Tutorial: Choosing the right Wacom Tablet
2007-06-19 04:01:00
In this tutorial I will introduce you to the benefits and features of a Waco m Tablet . You will find this tutorial especially useful if you are planning to get a Wacom Intuos or Wacom Graphire in the near future. Following is my graphic tablet wisdom, as collected through my 15 years as a professional illustrator: Choosing the right Wacom tablet model and size: Choosing a tablet model and size that best fits your needs should be your first priority. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to figure out which one will get you the most bang for the money. If you are a home user interested in retouching photos and creating simple graphics for personal projects, I’d go for a Graphire 4 6×8. Very affordable and it comes with great bundled software : Photoshop Elements 3 and Corel Painter Essentials 2 to mention the most useful ones. The Graphire is available is 4×5, 6×8 sizes and three colors: white, silver and metallic blue. If you are not a professional in the world o...
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Photoshop Tutorial : Soul Eater Fantasy Digital Painting
2007-06-08 22:24:00
This tutorial gives a detailed explanation on how to create a digital illustration using Photoshop and only a mouse as the input device. Of course, the tutorial also applies to users who own a graphic tablet (I recommend Wacom). The tutorial was featured in the book Digital Fantasy Painting by Ilex Press. Step 1 - The sketch For this digital painting, I used Photoshop 6, an optical mouse on a Pentium 300Mhz with 128 MB of memory, displayed at 1024×768 resolution on a 17″ monitor. This tutorial explains a method and technique especially useful when the only input tool available is a mouse and a keyboard, no graphic tablet. This drawing was inspired by a vivid vision from a nightmare. The first and most important step for me is to set the right mood for the illustration. I chose to use an orange background color because flesh tones can be easily rendered from it. I then sketched the main subject on a separate layer (set on multiply) that I kept above the plain colored b...
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Painter Tutorial: Lord Of The Rings Characters Portraits
2007-05-29 04:51:00
  This tutorial explains the technique I used to paint portraits of 2 characters from the Lord Of The Rings movie using Corel Painter. The tutorial highlight: settings for the painbrush tool as used in this image shows you how to obtain a painterly style in your digital paintings using Corel Painter. Step 1 This is a quick painting execise. I picked these characters because I am a big fan of the movie and book. As a reference, I used a frame of the movie’s DVD put on pause. Anyway, this tutorial text is almost  exactly the same as the one in my digital painting tutorial, since the technique is the same. Here it goes: I lookd at the subjects for a minute or two, trying to absorb  it’s shapes, volume, colors and mood. After this brief time,  I started loosely sketching the main shapes with a large brush  with a 60% opacity. I used a limited amount of colors, mostly the predominant colors  in the subject. Very important at this stage, is to get all  the shapes and volume ...
More About: Tutorial , Characters , Lord of the Rings
Photoshop and Painter Tutorial: Monkey VS Robot
2007-05-25 02:50:00
This tutorial explains how I used Corel Painter, Adobe Photoshop and a Wacom Tablet to create a digital illustration for the Shadowfist Trading Card Game featuring a cybernetic monkey fighting against a robot. This tutorial also appeared on the the book Digital Fantasy Painting Workshop by Ilex Press. Step 1 : The sketch   This illustration was done for a trading card game. I was required to paint an action scene, a fight, between a cybernetic monkey and a robot (not a modern looking one, but one closer to the ones from the old sci-fi movies from the ’50s). This sketch was done using the Brushes tool on Corel Painter 7 and a Wacom Intuos 2 Tablet. Usually, I try to sketch as fast as I can, only concentrating on shapes, light and shadow, pose and action. One factor to consider during the sketching process is that if you stop too often to THINK, rationalize, analize what you are sketching from your imagination, you may interfere with your right emisphere while it is hard at wor...
More About: Robot , Tutorial , Monkey , Tori
Photoshop Tutorial : Howling Digital Painting
2007-05-18 01:50:00
  This Photoshop and Wacom Tablet tutorial originally published in the Digital Fantasy Painting Workshop book by Ilex Press, explains how I created the Howling digital painting illustration. The image features an angry demon ripping the heart off his victim’s chest (beware: nudity). The tutorials provides detailed instructions on the Photoshop brush settings I used to paint the image. This tutorial explains, in particular, how to quickly achieve flesh tones using Adjustment layers.  Step 1 - The sketch The sketching was done at low resolution (72 DPI), for speed. It is important to stress that the faster the sketch is completed, the better it will be (usually true for me at least). The best approach for me is to let the shapes flow from my hand to the screen without much interference. If I were to stop every few strokes I would loose the spontaneity that is key to a successful sketch. I made severa sktchesl, in succession, all slightly different and all drawn on a new blank ...
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Eye candy: A ?Lost? caricature..
2007-05-15 00:50:00
Pardon the pun ;) Enjoy this caricature I did today of three of the main players in season 3.  Yes, I watch Lost . I hate to admit it.   Comments are welcome! p.s. Watch out for those bug-eyes!
More About: Candy , Eye candy , Eye-candy , Caricature
Photoshop & Painter Tutorial : Mad Scientist
2007-05-12 00:51:00
This tutorial shows how to draw create a digital illustration of a mad scientist doing a crazy experiment! I was asked to write this tutorial by CGTALK.COM for their articles section (see here). Also, this tutorial was featured on the book Digital Sci-Fi Art: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Stunning, Futuristic Images by Ilex Press. Notes: This illustration was part of a series of 14 images I did for a trading card game called “ShadowFist“. At the time I was also coloring pages for a comic series, thus getting these pieces done quickly was a priority. I had to lose some sleep, but it was a worthy and fun project. The card’s description called for a classic mad scientist working on some kind of gadget in his lab, with sparks and electricity all around. Given the time constraints and keeping in mind that this piece would be printed at a very small scale, less than 2 inches, I opted for a somewhat simple approach, a few foreground elements with minimal background a...
More About: Tutorial , Photoshop , Scientist , Tori , Painter
Tutorial : Painting a digital portrait
2007-05-10 04:35:00
This tutorial explains my technique for creating a digital portrait. Step by step instructions on how I go about painting a face portrait using Painter. This approach also works for Photoshop. A tablet (Wacom or any other with pressure sensitivity) is a must-have requirement. Enjoy! Step 1 First and foremost, I look at the subject for a minute or two, trying to absorb it’s shape, volume, colors and mood. After this brief time, I start drawing. The main shape is loosely sketched with a large brush with a 60% opacity. At this stage, I don’t worry too much about precision of the strokes. Mostly, I use one or two colors. I try to use the predominant color in the subject. For skin tones, I usually lay down a darker color. I like to work the highlights on this layer in the next step.  Step 2 This is the stage where I add volume to the initial flat shape.  With a smaller brush, and a very low opacity setting, I concentrate on capturing the subject’s lighter areas. For ...
More About: Tutorial , Painting , Digital , Portrait , Inti
Welcome to my new blog!
2007-05-08 15:13:00
Finally! It’s here, my new site has arrived! There will be much more content than ever: A revamped gallery Regularly updated news section Downloads - In this section I’ll share some of my photoshop brushes, textures and tool presets Eye Candy - Links to great art I find while browsing the web Gallery Updates - Check here to see what’s new in my gallery Photoshop Tutorials and Tips - The crown jewel of my site! My intention is to post a new tutorial or tip every single week. So, make sure to come back often. Rants - Rants and raves about whatever bugs me or makes me tick. The Geek Moment - The quintessential geekdom funhouse. When I see or do geeky things, you’ll hear about it here. This is cool - If I come accross something COOL, this is where it will be told. Web Design - Tips, links, ideas on web-design, css, dhtml, javascript and more. Wordpress - My Wordpress wisdom, tips, customization and maybe.. maybe..even my themes ;) This should be enough to keep ...
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This is Cool: Totally Cool Things
2007-05-07 19:23:00
Oh.. the fun! How many times have you found yourself pronouncing the magical words “this is cool”? I hope often! Because moments like that should come to us in buckets.. or bucket-fulls? Anyways, here I am going to show you what made me exclaim “COOL” with gusto. It could be a movie, a song, somewhere I’ve been.. something I found online.. anything that is COOL in my opinion. So, brace yourself for a breeze of coolness coming your way very soon… how cool is that?!
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The Geek Moment: too often or never enough?
2007-05-07 18:27:00
This is supposed to be the fun-filled, fun-bursting, fun-tastical section of my site where I come up with geek-dom related stories.. expect especially hilarious recantations of moments where I have experienced geekiness in its highest form! Like.. the day I realized I had spent too much time on my tablet because I tried to click the UNDO button to fix a mistake I made while writing on a piece of paper with a REAL pencil… or when somebody mentioned a sci-fi character from Star Wars and I happen to KNOW too much about them… even what they had for lunch during the movie shooting breaks.. or the plot twists of some obscure Star Trek episode… But.. never fear, this is also where you will find my musings on other geeky subjects.. like role playing (which I often do illustrations for), videogames (I wish I had time to play them.. sigh), computers (after all, I am in a symbitic relationship with mine), gadgets and everything else that is remotely associated with Geek iness....
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Eye Candy: Sweet sugar for the eye
2007-05-07 17:56:00
Let’s start the eye candy section with an image from Caravaggio, my favorite classic painter from all time. I naturally evolved a style similar to his, for my oil paintings. I have seen his works in person, back when I was in Italy and still, after 400 years, they show an amazing talent, still in my opinion un-surpassed in many ways. The dramatic shadows, the perfect anatomy, Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi) was ahead of its time. Here’s a sample of his work:
More About: Sugar , Sweet , Candy , Eye candy , Eye-candy
Wordpress: The best blogging tool
2007-05-07 17:28:00
I decided to use Wordpress as the platform for the new version of my site because in my opinion, it is the best (free!) blogging software available at the moment. I have done several installations and customizations of Wordpress in the past few months and have had a chance to integrated many plugins into themes I custom designed.  If you have some CSS, php and web-design skill, you can turn Wordpress into more than just a blogging software: it can be made into a content management system, integrated with your forum and gallery.  I will be posting about my experiences with Wordpress once in a while, including tips on how to customize it, my list of must-have plug-ins, my 2 cents on themes.. and maybe even the theme for this website if I get enough requests for it (hint.. hint). So, check back often!
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Downloads: Let?s start with a texture!
2007-05-07 16:46:00
Welcome to my new downloads section! Here I will share some of my Photoshop brushes, textures and tool presets with my website visitors. I thought I’d start with one of the canvas textures I created some time ago. This is a scan of brush strokes on cloth canvas. I have used it to make otherwise too-smooth digital paintings look more natural, like if painted on a real canvas. I suggest using this one as an Overlay layer over your art. You can also apply it using the Photoshop render lighting effect. Here it is (click on the download link below to download the full size texture file): Enjoy!
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New versions of my tutorials
2007-05-07 16:00:00
In the next few days, I will re-post my tutorials with the new website look. Shortly after that, I will start a series of Photoshop Tutorials and Tips posts, once a week if possible.  Check back soon.
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Tutorial : Goddess - Painting the Female Body
2007-05-06 23:07:00
This digital illustration tutorial gives you step-by-step instructions on how to use Poser, Photoshop and a Wacom Tablet to realistically paint a fantasy Goddess character. If you are a fan of the female body and its form, you will enjoy this tutorial :) This tutorial is featured in the book Femme Digitale: Perfecting the Female Form on Your Computer by Ilex Press. Step 1 - The sketch For this digital painting, I used Photoshop 7, a Wacom 9×12 tablet on a Pentium 4 2.2 Ghz with 512 MB of memory, displayed at 1600×1200 resolution on a 22″ monitor. In this illustration, I wanted to convey a sense of power and elegance. The body, muscular yet very feminine, creates a seamless curve with the hair. The human body is the most difficult subject to portray. Even the most inattentive observer can easily tell if proportions or anatomy are off. For this reason, and especially if the goal is to achieve a realistic look, it is best to use some form of reference (models, photogra...
More About: Body , Tutorial , Painting
Welcome to my new blog!
2007-04-15 14:13:00
Finally! It’s here, my new site has arrived! There will be much more content than ever: A revamped gallery Regularly updated news section Downloads - In this section I’ll share some of my photoshop brushes, textures and tool presets Eye Candy - Links to great art I find while browsing the web Gallery Updates - Check here to see what’s new in my gallery Photoshop Tutorials and Tips - The crown jewel of my site! My intention is to post a new tutorial or tip every single week. So, make sure to come back often. Rants - Rants and raves about whatever bugs me or makes me tick. The Geek Moment - The quintessential geekdom funhouse. When I see or do geeky things, you’ll hear about it here. This is cool - If I come accross something COOL, this is where it will be told. Web Design - Tips, links, ideas on web-design, css, dhtml, javascript and more. Wordpress - My Wordpress wisdom, tips, customization and maybe.. maybe..even my themes ;) This should be enough to keep ...
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