I got some exremely nice emails over the years explaining how I work and that it's mostly just a filter. Yes, the Elf filter! Man, I love that filter. The plug-in is cheap and does all the work. I mean, who wants to spend 40 hours on an image if you can use a filter. Pfff.
.... I hope nobody actually checked if the plug-in does exist.
Honestly.... I hate lamenting but lets face it: Everybody who does NOT paint believes in the Magic Elf. Even my mum. She can't help it. She does know how to write an email (which I'm thankful for... we even managed the mysterious SMS thing lately) but not how long it takes to make "that little image". It's okay, she's my mum. For the rest: No, it's not okay.
A lot of people frustrate the hell out of artists because it always looks so easy and bam, done. You know... it's not. Sometimes you make every stroke 3-10 times just to get it perfect.
Every art you see is a part of the lifespan artists decided to share with you and just because you don't understand the progress don't play down the effort people put in.
For the artists:
Try to ignore these people. You know better. And also:trenchmaker.deviantart.com/jou…
PS. Man, photoshopping that filter window in took the ten minutes the elf needs. Awesome font is myriad pro btw if anybody is interested.
The "Photoshop Magic Elf" is a running gag in our studio. After 5 years ranting about the Magic Elf (and people how believe in him) I finally had to bring this mythical being to life.
.... who has a hubby now
CFH: Customers from hell... from the dark side of the moon- I suspect.