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Drawing Rock Formations in Photoshop
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Released Jan 1, 2013
Kurt Jones

Guest Tutor

Kurt Jones
In this tutorial, you will learn techniques for drawing rock formations in Photoshop. We will begin this process by looking at different types of rock formations and studying some of the attributes that make them up. We'll look for simple shapes and patterns along with evaluating each formation in silhouette form. We'll use each rock formation that we study as a reference for creating our own unique formations. For each formation we draw, we'll start with a silhouette to establish the overall form then begin to pull out additional forms and shapes as we continue sculpting our rock formations.

As we'll see, focusing on certain shapes in different types of rock formations along with avoiding symmetrical patterns will allow you to develop rock formations that look natural.
Introduction and project overview
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Introduction and project overview

 
00:56
Drawing our first rock formation
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Drawing our first rock formation

 
15:27
Drawing a mesa styled rock formation
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Drawing a mesa styled rock formation

 
14:02
Drawing a raised rock formation
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Drawing a raised rock formation

 
09:49
Drawing another type of raised rock formation
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Drawing another type of raised rock formation

 
10:35
Drawing a boulder rock formation
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Drawing a boulder rock formation

 
15:41
Drawing a fallen rock formation
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Drawing a fallen rock formation

 
12:57
Drawing a mountain rock formation
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Drawing a mountain rock formation

 
14:45
Blocking out a full composition
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Blocking out a full composition

 
07:28
Focusing on the foreground silhouette
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Focusing on the foreground silhouette

 
09:49
Focusing on the mid-ground silhouette
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Focusing on the mid-ground silhouette

 
09:43
Focusing on the background silhouette
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Focusing on the background silhouette

 
11:46
Adding some environmental elements
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Adding some environmental elements

 
09:24
Final composition details
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Final composition details

 
13:08