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digistyle
03-26-2001, 10:21 PM
Tried the light and shadow theme in Photoshop this time. Only used the airbrush tool. I pushed myself on this one, trying to make the image as "real" as I could. This may be the beginning of a series.

digistyle

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nnelson1
03-27-2001, 06:30 AM
Digi:

You nailed the hair. Looks great!
Good overall rendering. Only thing I would suggest is trying to get a little more crispness in the face. Tricky to do with airbrush.

Nice job!

Nick

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Shehaub
03-28-2001, 08:50 AM
Wow Digistyle. I love what you are doing here! You definately have the hair!

digistyle
03-28-2001, 03:40 PM
Thanks, all!

I think working with charcoal recently helped me with the hair. It was much easier to pick out the highlites and give the illusion of hair strands (just like working with a kneaded eraser).

I agree about the fuzziness. In that respect, Painter's airbrush may have an edge over Photoshop's.

The right eye and eyebrow have been bothering me. I think I'm going to have to take another whack them.

digistyle


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Spectra7
03-30-2001, 08:06 PM
suggestions:

If you want to keep using airbrushes, i would suggest you experimrnt with masks to gain crisp edges where you need them.

Another suggestion is to take look at paper textures and intereacting withthtem as you draw to introduce some variablitiy to the color.

Finally I would say pay attention to your color range, darks and lights and contrast between light and shadow. I think some strong shadow play on this subject would further your theme. A great mentor of mine used to make me ask this question before I stated any painting. Where is the lightest light and where is the darkest dark, because everything else has to go between that for it to work correctly. I would say that the reflection in her eye would be pure white maybe, and then you work down from there.

Hope this helps

Gene

Here is an example of waht I am talking about

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And with texture added:

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[This message has been edited by Spectra7 (edited March 30, 2001).]

digistyle
03-30-2001, 09:00 PM
Gene,

Thanks for the suggestions and examples. The deeper shadows add a much more dramatic quality to the pic. The texture issue is something that I had begun to look at. I started adding "noise" to the canvas on the last few practice pics. The results so far have been mixed.

By coincidence, a friend recently gave me a book, "Getting Started in Airbrush" by David Miller & Diana Martin, figuring that if I learned more about trad airbrush techniques, I might be able to use them in digi airbrush. I should probably read it instead of just looking at the pretty pictures http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif.

Thanks again for taking the time share your techniques! The information is appreciated and will be put to use.

digistyle

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Grace
04-02-2001, 07:45 PM
Way cool Digistyle! You just keep getting better all the time. Great hair on this one. I also liked your expanded doodle. How's your water color class going? I keep hoping to see you post something over in the watercolor forum - I'm sure it wil be worth waiting for http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

pixelscapes
04-27-2001, 11:41 AM
Agreed, RE: crispness. I try to keep certain features on separate layers -- for example, the lips on a separate layer, eyes on another layer. That way I can clean up or blur the edges without affecting what's beneath. Try airbrushing with masks as suggested, or, just use selection areas (with or without feathered edges).

-=- Jen "Airbrushy" de la Cruz

digistyle
04-29-2001, 03:41 PM
Grace: Thanks for the comments on the digital stuff. The watercolor paintings I've done so far will not see the light of day again lol!! I have one exception, which I hope to finish soon. Its not great, but at least you can tell what it is supposed to be!

Jen: Thanks. I only used a few layers on this one. I'm going to attempt to follow trad airbrushing techniques with the next one. Got 3-4 more pieces ahead of it.

digistyle

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digistyle
05-05-2001, 01:31 AM
I had a little time and decided to rework this image. I've been working with graphite recently and its given me a new appreciation of light and dark.

digistyle


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Shehaub
05-05-2001, 01:51 PM
Wow.. shes just getting better and better. I like the changes you have done on the lips.

She is very pretty.

digistyle
05-05-2001, 11:36 PM
Thanks, Shehaub!

Trying some of Gene's suggestions and a few things I stumbled upon on my own, I learned quite a bit while working on this one.

digistyle

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Fig
05-07-2001, 12:30 AM
Hi Digistyle,

Great tonal work on the face! I like the high contrast of light and shadow. And you've made the face look like it has volume, as faces do in real life. The face reflects the light source coming from the left. I'm wondering, because you intended the image to be "real" as you said, if the hair should also reflect this light source.

Keep up the cool work!

Fig