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  1. Also last May the falling pilots were featured again in a magazine. The original project involved medium res photo's but now they are up-scaled to hi-res scans. Which is surprisingly easy in Affinity as long as you use non-destructive layers. Also minor tweaks and colour corrections. So yeah, fallen pilots 2.0
  2. A really nice portrait of a Dutch brother and sister in the 30s. I'm still impressed by the quality of glass negatives. Also added some comparison shots for inspiration.
  3. Thanks @Alfred If I may give a tip. Objects have a local colour. But colour fades in shades and highlights. If done correctly it will give more depth. You can take it even a step further to make the dark shade a tad cooler/warmer and the highlight the opposite. This image has one heavy light source. So the highlights will be bitten out and the shades will go near black (well, not black but colourless).
  4. Yesterday my work was featured on Affinity's insta account as part of #100days100commissions. It's a great honour to be selected. A great initiative in these uncertain times. I kinda forgot about this forum but I'll post some more work soon.
  5. That's what I basically do. I set the base colour through a variety of layers including gradients and normal fills. I never use the select tools because it gives jagged edges, so I paint on the mask layers. After the whole image is done with he base colours I start with the detailing. And that brings the image really to life. And that's where the colour theory comes in to play, how does lightning effect colours and etc. I've learned everything myself. But asking questions has never hurt anyone. It will speed up the learning process if you watch or listen to other artists.
  6. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands the Dutch Ministry of Defence asked to me colourise some photo's for their magazine. The magazine is all year round available in the stores. Also there's a monthly digital magazine with my work. Really cool project and very proud of it.
  7. Hi Katerina. No, sadly you can't watch it. I tried streaming from my MacBook but the combination of working plus streaming made my cooling fans go crazy. So the stream ended up with a annoying high pitched tone and my Mac over heating. In the mean time I invested in an iPad. I'll try streaming from it someday. But some basic video tutorials should be doable. I think the most important bit to colourising is the basic knowledge of colour theory. Software; Adobe or Affinity are just tools. For the end result it shouldn't matter which tool you choose. With that said what helped my progress real quick, was looking for tutorials about colour theory, especially about warm and cool colours and colour values. And colour theory is universal so it does not matter if the tutorial is made by a digital artist or an oil painter.
  8. Google is nice enough to share tons of fonts: https://fonts.google.com/?category=Handwriting They're all under the open font license: http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&id=OFL_web
  9. The fallen pilots project got published last weekend in the largest Financial newspaper in the Netherlands. Pretty stoked about it!
  10. Somebody pointed out that the lens filter adjustment is doing what we want. You can pick the exact colour, but don't forget to set the opacity to 100%.
  11. Excuse me if it has been requested already. I could not find any. Currently the colour adjustment layer has only sliders, which is far from precise. I would like to see a more precise function like in the gradient adjustment.
  12. A really, really quick one of my great uncle. Just 3 layers, blue, yellow and red. The source file is very poor, hence the pixelation.
  13. Latest one. No filters used at all, it's all brushing. I've been studying the Dutch masters a bit lately, so the goal was to brush in the depth with colour. Pretty happy with this one.
  14. Interesting. It's just a brick wall behind it. Never thought of that. I wonder if they add an extra protection layer between the painting and the wall after they are done. Nice work on the painting. It must have been a pain with the mesh tool. Although I'm OK with the toning on the final, I agree with @firstdefence that the image could be toned down a bit on the composition to match the lightning of the room.
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