View Full Version : Spare a thought for the unsung hero

07-02-2014, 11:17 PM
...criticism encouraged.

For what it's worth - 41 layers at one time or another, all freehand, no effects, no flood fills / blurs / etc; only reference was a pic of folded hands that I used for the first outline. Aside from that it was just thinking. :)

Essentially all of it was done with varying sizes / setups of the oily round gouache preset in Painter X3, though because of re-scaling I had to do when I got serious about the piece I had to do some blending. The big version is 50% of the pixel size of the original.

Anyway, I've been looking at it so long that I'm starting to not like it as much, so it's time to let it go despite it not quite matching what I thought I might get it to be. Fire away!

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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jul-2014/1697450-theunsunghero.jpg (http://www.perisoft.org/art/theunsunghero.jpg)

07-03-2014, 05:58 AM
Wonderful; cute. I like the reflection in the silver.

07-03-2014, 10:03 AM
I think you did a great job..the satin fabric certainly came out great. His face isn't the most handsome:D . I'm sure you intended it to be that way. His black hair blends in with the back ground, so if you shape the back of his head lighter, it would look better. Love the silver ball and reflection.
Hands look great. Over all I give you :thumbsup:


07-03-2014, 11:13 AM
I totally shocked myself with the ball. I expected to have to use multiple layers for the reflection and then the shading, but in the end I just kinda went BTTLLTPBT and then used a brush setting with widely spaced bristles to do the highlights. The circular pattern and the etchy-kinda feel of the brush ended up perfectly mimicking the way that light selectively reflects off of slightly scratched surfaces and causes a haze, which did a great job of emphasizing the dual nature of the reflected image vs. the physical surface of the ball.

So I finally found a silver lining to those many minutes spent glumly pondering the hazy finish of my car's paint!

07-03-2014, 11:53 AM
Great job on the silver ball! The fabric looks really good too.

07-03-2014, 07:29 PM
It might not be what you first imagined but I think it's a great painting. Sometimes we just look at something to long and have to let it go. But great work!