Fuzzy Bear II
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Open your pspimage of the fuzzy bear, with all of its layers intact. You can either work on this image or, duplicate it by holding down the shift key and clicking on the D key. Once you are ready with either image, close the visibility on the legs, feet and arms layers. Just click on the eye for each layer and a red x will show up on top of the eye.
Activate the body layer, add a new vector layer, name it bent L leg.
If you are using your duplicated pspimages, now would be a good time to save it as a pspimage. If you are using your original, just click on Save.
Open your preset shapes, the ellipse. Settings are the same as what we used to make the original bear. However, I will list the settings here again.
Anti-alias checked; Create as vector checked; Line style solid; Width 0.50. Foreground: #c0c0c0; Background: white. Any time we draw any shape, these will be the same settings, unless I tell of a change.
Draw an ellipse of about 60 x 100.. I drew it off to the side of my bear.
Activate the pen tool so the nodes will show. Activate the right side node. Right click on it, Node Type/Symmetric. This will change your node to symmetric. Activate the node and grab the top handle, pulling it to the right until you have a ball effect shape with the top of the leg.
Left click any where on your image to deactivate that node. Add a new node about midway between that node and the bottom node.
Use the right arrow key, tap about 10 times to the right, use the down arrow key and tap it about 3-4 times.
Activate the left side node, and tap 3-4 times to the left, using the left arrow key. Activate the top node and tap it to right 5-6 times, using the right arrow key.
Activate the object selections tool. We need to narrow the leg slightly. Watch where the highlight is on the top ruler of your image and narrow this by about 10 pixels. Also lengthen it by about 10 pixels.
We now can convert to a raster layer. So if there are any more adjustments you want to add to the leg, now is the time to do it. You might want to play a bit more with the up arrow key on adding more height to the knee - just see how it looks. You can always use the undo. Just remember you will have to "undo" as many times as you tapped the arrow key. Convert to a raster layer once you are satisfied with your image.
Now we will add fur to the leg. Use the Fantastic Machines/Paint Engine with the same settings as before. If you don't have them saved in your Paint Engine filter, use the screen shot for your settings. Once you have these settings in, you can save them as a preset. I saved them as "Fur Effect".
Now it is time to smudge the fur to get a fuzzy look. Open your smudge brush, with the same settings you used before. Shape round; size 11; hardness 90; step 25; density 50; thickness 100; rotation 0; opacity 75.
Duplicate the leg layer and mirror it. You might have to move it to the right place.
Activate the L leg layer, add a vector layer, name it L foot. Activate your ellipse preset shape tool and draw an ellipse about 60 x 35.
Move it over the end of the L leg. Activate your pen tool for we have a bit of node adjustment to do. Activate the bottom node and pull the ends of the handles out until you have a flattened appearance to the bottom of the ellipse.
Convert to a raster layer. Apply the fur effect with Paint Engine. Use the smudge brush all around the foot.
With this layer still activated, add a new raster layer. Open your pen tool for the free hand drawing. Use these settings: Draw freehand; Line style solid line; width 2; Anti-alias checked. Foreground black; background null.
Draw three slightly curved lines on the front of the paw. Now a trick I use is to draw one that I like, then duplicate it twice and move the other two into place and then merge those three rasters together. Once the lines are on as you want, go to Adjust/Blur/Gaussian Blur: 3. Then right click on the raster layer, Merge/Merge down. Duplicate the layer and mirror it, then move it into place with the mover tool. Rename this layer R foot. You will also need to move this layer in the layer palette to above the R leg layer.
Now we will do a pair of straight legs. Turn the visibility off to your two leg layers and to the two feet layers. Activate the bottom raster layer, add a new vector layer, name it straight left leg.
Using the ellipse tool with the same settings. Draw an ellipse about 48 x 115.
Convert to raster layer. Add the fur effect as before, then use the smudge brush as before. I turned the visibility of the body off, so that I could do the smudge on the entire leg. When I was finished, I turned the visibility back on for the body layer.
Duplicate the leg layer and mirror it. You will have to use the mover tool to move it a bit more into place. Rename the copy leg layer to straight R leg. Turn the two feet layers back on and move them into place.
Activate the body layer, add a new vector layer, name it straight L arm. Use the ellipse preset shape tool again with the same settings and the same colors. Draw an ellipse about 40 x 90. I drew mine off to the side of the bear, to have room to work with.
Once you have your ellipse drawn, convert to a raster layer. Add the fur effect, and then do the smudging. Once you have it finished, use the deform tool to move it into place and to angle it out from the body. Once you have it in place, duplicate it, mirror the copy layer. Move it into the proper place, then rename the layer to straight R arm.
Now we need a pair of hands. I am improving at drawing fingers, but not as good as I want to be, so we will just be drawing a small "ball of fur" for the hand.
Activate your ellipse preset shape, use the same settings as before, same colors. Activate the straight arm layer, add a new vector layer, name it L hand. Draw a circle about 50 x 50.
Once you have it drawn, you can convert it to a raster layer. Use the fur effect, then use your smudge brush - same settings on both as before. Once you have your hand finished, duplicate it and mirror it. Use your mover tool to move it into place. You might also have to move it in the layer palette to have it be on top of the right arm.
One more set of arms and we will be finished. These arms will be slightly curved, so there will be a little node manipulation again. Turn off the visibility to the arms and hands layers we just did. Activate the body layer, add a new vector layer, name it curved L arm.
Use your ellipse preset tool with the same settings and colors as before. Draw an ellipse about 45 x 100.
Activate the node on the right side. Tap the right arrow about 6-8 times.
Activate the node on the left side. Tap the right arrow about 10-12 times.
Activate the bottom node. Pull the arrow on the left out to the right until you have a similar shape as in the screen shot.
Activate the top node. Pull the arrow on the left for this node, out to the right, as well, until you again have a similar shape as in the screen shot.
Convert to a raster layer. Apply the fur effect and then smudge. When you are finished with the smudging. Use the deform tool to move into place and to angle out from the body.
Duplicate this layer and mirror it. You might have to use the mover tool again for proper placement. These arms look a little goofy on him now, but they might come in handy using one or both of them used in images. You can always flip one or both of them to get another look, too.
You now have just about everything you might need to to use this little bear in all sorts of images. The only thing you might want to add is eyelashes, and/or cheeks - to make the bear look female. To add the eyelashes, add a raster layer. Use your pen tool, free hand, solid line, width 2. Foreground color black, background null. I zoom my image to about 200%, draw the eyelashes on one eye. Then I duplicate the layer and mirror it, and move the lashes into place. I then merge each of the layers onto the eye layer they surround. For cheek color, I add a raster layer to the head, use my air brush, with round shape, size about 12, density and opacity about 40, step 25. I pick a shade of pink I like and spray it lightly on each side of the muzzle. I then go to Adjust/Blur/Gaussain Blur and start with the blur about 3, and reapply it until I get the cheeks to look like what I want.
Here are some variations I made with my little bear and the different shapes of the arms and legs. Get creative and see what you can come up with.
This tutorial was created February, 2007.
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