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Southwestern Series: Kokopelli


I decided to make a few Southwestern items. As I find time, I will try to add more. You will find the other southwestern items here.

This kokopelli was requested by June (hope you like it June!). Kokopelli is just one of many pieces of rock art left behind by Native American tribes. Its meaning has been debated - he has been called flute player, magician, kachina spirit, fertility God, and rain spirit. Some legends say that he travelled to villages playing his flute, seducing maidens. In some depictions, his er, male anatomy is very obvious. I've chosen to make him a bit tamer than that lol ;o)

To do this tutorial, I assume that you have a basic working knowledge of PSP and its tools; however, I also provide screenshots to guide you along the way. And of course, if you run into difficulty, just let me know.

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. I used version 7.04 but if you are familiar with PSP, you should be able to convert the tutorial without problems. You can download the latest PSP version demo here.

My selection files. Place these in your PSP selections folder (or any location of your choice).

My pattern fill.

Optional. Eye Candy 4000. You can do this tutorial without Eye Candy. If you're using Eye Candy, then I'm providing my glass preset for you. Place this in your Eye Candy glass folder.

My custom brush. Place this in your PSP brushes folder.

You may download all of my materials here.

You can really make this kokopelli and decorate him any way you wish. I'll show you the basics, and give you what I did, but feel free to change the colors, designs, etc. and make him differently than mine.

Step 1. Open a new image 300 x 350, white background.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (go to selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location where you placed the selection files). Flood fill with the kokopelli pattern you downloaded.

Optional: Apply Eye Candy - glass filter, using the kokopelli preset you downloaded. If you don't have Eye Candy, you can either apply an inner bevel, or leave it as it is.


Step 3. Add a new layer. Load selection 2. Flood fill with #374B37. Apply Eye Candy glass if you wish, using same settings as above.


Step 4. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to #532608. Choose your draw tool, single line, size about 7. Draw some bands on the feet similar to mine. Erase any overlapping bits. If you wish, apply Eye Candy glass, same as before.

Tip: Here's another way to get rid of overlapping bits. Make the body layer active (selection 1). With your selection tool (any shape), draw all around the body and then click on it to float it (you'll see marching ants). Invert the selection (go to selections>invert). Then make the layer with the lines on it active and hit the delete key on your keyboard. Voila, the overlapping bits are gone.


Step 5. Add a new layer. Now draw some bands on the hands.


Step 6. Add a new layer. Change the line to freehand, and make your background color null. Draw some lines at the bottom of his dress, similar to mine. Apply Eye Candy glass if you wish.

Step 7. Add a new layer. Draw a line on the head. Apply Eye Candy glass if you wish.

Step 8. You can add whatever other decorations you wish - put each on its own layer. I drew a small green triangle at the bottom. To do that, just add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to the same green as before (#374B37). Choose your preset shapes tool, triangle. Draw a small shape and then rotate it into place as you wish.


Step 9. I also added a diamond with arrow, which is a brush design. I've included it for you to use if you wish. To do so, just add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to #532608. Choose your paintbrush tool. Click on the little brush at the upper right and then cllick on "custom."


Choose the brush you downloaded (it's "28").


Set the size to 60. Paint a design. Rotate it into position as you want it. I erased the borders of mine, but you can leave them if prefer it that way.

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Step 10. Duplicate this layer twice. Rotate into position. I also erased the arrow bit from the one I placed in the center.


And that's all there is to it.


As I said above, feel free to change the colors, textures, patterns, etc. I enjoyed making this little guy and hope you will too.

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This tutorial was created on April 22, 2004.
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