Reshakh Mahmoud talks to us about his eye-catching project, where he takes natural elements and inserts them into stylistic digital illustrations
Reshakh Mahmoud takes us through the process of his Precious project
Nature has influenced so many artists from so many different eras and walks of life. Despite the fact that Photoshop is a digital medium, it can still be a useful tool for artists in the 21st century to convey their appreciation and wonder of Mother Nature.
When Reshakh Mahmoud, an artist specialising in motion graphics decided to focus on a collection of pieces highlighting the beauty in nature, he turned to Photoshop and Illustrator to bring his artwork to life. The result was something that looked modern, slick and cool, but also colourful and evocative of the world around us.
We asked Reshakh to tell us more about the project and how he made it.
How long have you been using Photoshop, Reshakh?
I’ve been using Photoshop for over ten years now, from Photoshop 7 to CC 2018. Now I’m using Photoshop in a lot of fields, for things such as motion graphics, texturing, style frames, retouching, photomanipulation, but also drawing artworks and creatures, things like that. Graphics tablets are also very useful for working in Photoshop, too. Using a graphic tablet with Photoshop is my preferred working style.
What are your favourite Photoshop tools?
As an artist who prioritises colour, I find the Brush tools to be my absolute favourites as they make it easy for my imagination to come true. I have a lot of brushes, most of which are premium brushes, although I do believe that anything can be done with regular brushes as well. The second tool I love is the Pen tool. I use it to make shapes in my projects so naturally, it’s one of my favourites. Tools like the Move tool, erasers and the Blur tool have also been crucial to my works.
Are those the tools that you used for this project?
Thankfully, Photoshop has a lot of tools that made my job much easier. The Brush tool, for example, was a huge help and I used a lot of brushes in this project. I also used rulers to make sure everything was perfect. I used the Pen to make the exact shapes that I wanted,
and the Eraser tool to mix the layers and the colours. Other tools like the Elliptical Marquee were also very handy.
What was the idea behind this project?
I wanted to combine bright colours, gemstones, fire and water into one big project focusing on animals and nature. Everything I do is influenced by nature as I believe it to be the best source of inspiration.
And who were your biggest influences for this project?
I have always loved Van Gogh, and the way he used colour in his work has always fascinated me. The artistic approach to this project can be credited to him on some levels. I wanted to try and use his style of colour layering but adapted it to digital art and added my own spin to it. Van Gogh is one of the most unique artists of all time and the way he used colour to this day remains unparalleled in my opinion.
Did you use Illustrator for this project at all?
For some layers, like lines and vectors, I used Illustrator. It has a lot of options to make your outlines and lines clearer.
What was the feedback like on this project?
The feedback has been very positive overall, one of my closest friends who is also a digital artist called me after he saw the first picture and told me how amazed he was with the final look. The general feedback that I received was that of amazement and appreciation, and yes, that was quite surprising to me.
Where does this project rank alongside other projects you’ve worked on?
I’m very proud of this one. And I’ve worked on a lot of projects for many companies that I’m really proud of. Most of those have been motion graphics-based projects, but I haven’t uploaded all of them to my social media pages or website. Now that my own website is finally launching soon, I’m very excited to share some of the work I’m very proud of. It’s coming soon, so be on the lookout.
gemstones The gemstones were at the centre of this project with each of the images in the collection featuring them in some way or form. Smoothing This project was created almost entirely with brushes; the Lazy Nezumi Pro plug-in was used to make sure the lines were smooth. Book cover This project spawned a book cover with a similar design of a flower.