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digistyle
01-15-2001, 09:50 PM
This is my first completed piece for 2001. This was based on a small line drawing I came across while looking through my reference materials. It was such a gorgeous pose that I decided to expand it into a full painting. This was done primarily in Photoshop with the airbrush tool.

One of my goals for this painting was to render realistic hair in Photoshop. Another was to expand my color pallette and apply color combinations that I don't normally use. Finally, I was trying to create a sensual image, without being overtly sexual. I'd appreciate your opinions on my efforts.

Digistyle

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Since I asked for comments on the hair, I've included a headshot so that you can actually see it http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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[This message has been edited by digistyle (edited January 15, 2001).]

TeAnne
01-16-2001, 07:45 AM
Not too bad http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif The hair is good. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif
The left shoulder is a bit long, I did the same thing with my Mermaid pastel http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/frown.gif

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pixelscapes
01-17-2001, 03:11 PM
Hey. Good job! Those eyes are PERFECT, I'm very impressed. Keep it up!

You asked for suggestions on the hair, so I edited a couple of pics to demonstrate...

<IMG SRC="http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/User/skullheadshot.jpg" border=0>

As you can see in the pic above, the dotted line is where her skull would be if we shaved her head bald. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif Notice that the outer contour of the hair is very close to her skull -- that means the hair doesn't appear to have much volume. However, judging by the length and curl of her bangs, it seems clear that her hair should have more volume in that area. I think the hair at the back and side of her head is OK though.

Now look at this:

<IMG SRC="http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/User/editheadshot.jpg" border=0>

I edited this pic to demonstrate. Here's what I changed...

1) Floofed out her bangs some more, as per my description above.

2) Added stronger highlights in her hair around the top. Admittedly she has very dark hair, but even dark hair needs highlights to bring out the volume. If it's too reddish or yellowy, you could use a more neutral tan color instead.

3) While I was at it, I also sharpened the line of her cheek -- the edge was somewhat blurry due to the paintbrush you used, but it's important to keep that sharply separated from the background if you're going for realism.

4) Similarly, I sharpened up the shading between her chin and her neckline (at the lower left of her chin). That had been totally blending together before; now I think it is more distinct.

5) Oh and another thing... I didn't change this but, isn't her hand unusually small and/or her fingers are short, in your original painting?

What do you think of all this? Hope this has helped you in some way; forgive me for scribbling over your work. At least it's only a digital copy. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

-=- Jen "Editeur" de la Cruz
http://www.Pixelscapes.com and http://www.BewareOfArt.com

digistyle
01-17-2001, 06:05 PM
TeAnne,
You were right about the shoulder. I went back and un-Quasimodo'd it after reading your comment. I think I got it fixed, but without that mass for balance, her legs looked huge. AAAARGH!!! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/mad.gif

Pixelscapes,
Thanks for the suggestions. I tried to do this one with using a reference (and it shows!). After stepping away from the painting for a while and looking at it again, I noticed a number of mistakes in her proportions.

Still, I learned some more do's and don'ts while making sure that no pixels were harmed in the creation of this painting http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/tongue.gif

Digistyle

pixelscapes
01-18-2001, 12:52 AM
Originally posted by digistyle:
...no pixels were harmed in the creation of this painting

The good thing about pixels is that they can be recycled. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif It must have something to do with their modular squarish shape! Sort of like really really tiny Lego bricks... yeah...

-=- Jen "I need sleep" de la Cruz

Shriner
01-18-2001, 02:54 PM
Digistyle:

Assuming I know what you are looking for in a critique, I did a quick set of alterations on your image. First, I moved the head to the left a little, then I selected (color select in Photoshop) the brighter skin tones and shifted the color and lightened them a little. I did that for two reasons, one, to increase the contrast, and two, to get some variations in the skin tone colors. I went ahead and grew the hair like Jen did, as well as the forearms, and then applied a general perspective from the top to shink the legs down a little. This is what I came up with:

<IMG SRC="http://www.wncc.nevada.edu/~tguthrie/digistyle.jpg" border=0>

Hope it helps!

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digistyle
01-18-2001, 08:30 PM
Shriner,

Thanks for the instruction/example. I appreciate the help you guys are giving me. A couple of questions:

When you lightened the color, did you use an adjustment layer or a tool?

Would you explain what you mean by "applied a general perspective from the top".

TIA,
Digistyle

Shriner
01-20-2001, 04:32 AM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by digistyle:
When you lightened the color, did you use an adjustment layer or a tool?

sorry, I just kind of whip through stuff, don't I? I use Photoshop, so all of this is different then the paint program you usually use, but since you are talking adjustment layers, it appears you know Photoshop. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif Adjustment layers are great when I am doing a major color shift or things of that nature that I am not sure I will like or want to keep. If I am pretty sure I want to change something, I work directly on the layer (like I did on the example) - so I just worked on the layer. I picked a color I wanted to shift with the eye dropper, then chose Select>Color Range (try it). Then I did the shifts either with tools (dodge/burn tool) or with the Image>Image Adjust menu.

Would you explain what you mean by "applied a general perspective from the top".

Sure - I just meant I did a "select all" and then went to the Edit>Transform menu and used Perspective. I just pushed the bottom handles together.

That all help? I hope so! Keep those questions coming! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

I should do a simple demo of an easy image. I still need to do Grace's image, but I have been procrastinating, darn it

thanks for being patient, Grace!

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whoops - I am editing my messages a lot tonight. Guess I need to go to bed - I am a horrible typist

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