now this was fun. this started out being my flat compound assignment like janee's mushroom but ended up with a bit of painting too.
i used a compound path for the skull bit and 3 simple paths for the toothy parts and the lower jaw.
it was on this piece that i truly came to love the pen tool. i actually did this as my next to last assignment so had already noodled away on a lot of projects whose outcomes were not successful. i distinguish here between the process, which was of inestimable value, and the result which was not what i wanted.
anyway, i became quite besotted with bezier curves on this piece. did you know that the Bézier curve was developed as recently as 1970 by Pierre Bézier? but i digress.
when you view this in its larger version you may notice that at a couple of points on the bottom of the skull ventral to the large tooth some of the places have sharp points. those were not merely places i ignored but rather places that the fossil has rectancular edges. these can be seen on the original that follows.
i used a slight bevel on each of the separate paths and on the skull and lower jaw i used a patterned layer style.
i don't know why the skull and the lower jaw don't appear the same as i used the same pattern on each. *shrug*
the paths for the teeth got a colored layer style with a bevel.
i then painted in a bit of depth and character using skills developed in janee's "photos to art" course. it's truly amazing what a soft shadow brush can do!
i learned a lot on this one about using the bezier curve. i even found a shockwave demo showing how the curve works. for those interested it's at: