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02-18-2014, 12:37 PM

just an exercise really. Practicing keeping strokes loose.

02-18-2014, 12:37 PM

close-up for more detail

02-18-2014, 01:06 PM
Look great, those eyes really grab you.

Leslie F.
02-18-2014, 02:30 PM
Beautifully loose!

02-18-2014, 02:50 PM
Very nice ! :thumbsup:


02-18-2014, 05:31 PM
Exercise, he says. ;)

Is that closeup 1:1 pixel? And is there any thread or similar describing your tools / workflow?

02-18-2014, 05:58 PM
This is wonderful! Everything about it is perfect? I love the loosness. Great work

02-19-2014, 02:40 PM
Thank you everyone for the kind comments.

Peri- the close up is close to 1x1.

I use StudioArtist for most of my work.

For this image I used brushes that I custom created ages ago. There are 6 different brushes being used many in the underpainting, the results of which are just barely visible.

In the process I used a total of 4 layers, each layer being a complete image in its own right. I do this rather than trying to "fix" a single layer. This allows me to stay loose. I then composite the layers in a way that keeps the best bits of each and strengthens the image where the efforts were equally good.

In some cases this might mean a replace composite in others it might have been additive or edge based.

This always moving forward technique is something that I have adopted after more than 30 years digital art experience.

Humorously, it reminds me of the wisdom of a typing instructor I had way back in junior high (yes before it was called middle school), he said when learning to type (on a manual typewriter- not a computer not an electric) "do not go back to fix your mistakes. Keep going and finish the exercise, then to it again better the second time. If you start going back you will only learn to go backwards better than forwards."

The whole image took about 20 minutes. There was a photo reference.

02-28-2014, 06:08 AM
MvdLinden your captured something beautiful here. And to hear the image took 20 minutes, is mind blowing.
Glad you expounded on using layers.
I have been painting with watercolor, and more recently oils. I have a wacom tablet and im hoping my expierence with the two traditional medias will rub off on my digital work

02-28-2014, 06:26 PM
What caught me here was the eyes then looking at the strands of hair over the face and then the organization of the chaotic color combined........you truely are a good artist, this captured my attention for awhile

03-01-2014, 08:45 AM
Very nice.

03-03-2014, 12:07 PM
This is a very nice painting. I am amazed that this only took 20 minutes. How? I would be interested to see screenshots or video of your process.