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aart
05-12-2016, 07:29 AM
I've completed my digital painting of a hippo in the river and want to give it a wet look, but everything I try just looks tacked on and doesn't look at all like water. Sooo... how do you paint wet?
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-May-2016/5236-hippo_in_the_river_sm.jpg

aart
05-14-2016, 09:55 AM
Maybe I should have titled it how to paint the illusion of wet skin, or wet fur. I've searched the internet for a couple of weekends now with little success. I've even looked at my hand in the water. When I try to apply it to this image, it just looks like a mess of white (or blue or grey) even if I make it a bit more transparent. Sigh, its very frustrating, but I'll keep trying.

aart
05-14-2016, 02:04 PM
Here is the best attempt yet. I don't know if it works or not. Above is the before and here is the after attempt. Please let me know it this works. If not, how can I improve it? Are they too subtle? Boy I'm really struggling with this.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-May-2016/5236-hippo_water_rivulets_working_sm.jpg

here's a close up
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-May-2016/5236-hippo_water_rivulets_working_close_up.jpg

aart
05-15-2016, 10:02 AM
I didn't like that version either so here is the final image. I have so many other paintings I want to do I had to just decided to do my best and move on.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-May-2016/5236-Hippo_in_the_River_sm.jpg

tuscanny
05-21-2016, 12:01 AM
Great work, Kathie. If you post your work in the main animal forum, you're sure to get more feedback.