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02-03-2001, 11:04 PM
I mainly post to the digital art forum, but I thought I'd post this piece here also. This work was created in a software package called Painter. The mediums are digital oil and airbrush. Comments?


After looking at the image on a different computer, I could see how washed out the colors appeared. I have reloaded the image at a smaller size, but higher resulotion. Hope this helps.

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[This message has been edited by digistyle (edited January 05, 2001).]

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02-03-2001, 11:19 PM
I like this one digi more than the others http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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02-03-2001, 11:30 PM
[QUOTE]The mediums are digital oil and airbrush. Comments?


Nicely done, Digi.
One question: are you referring to tools in Painter when you say the mediums are digital oil and airbrush?


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02-04-2001, 09:08 AM
Hi digistyle!
This is a lovely portrait - epsecially the eyes, which are very strong. I don't know anything about Painter so I would like to hear more about it. Did you use a photo to start and work on top of that, or do a drawing to start or something else? How do you work?

I have just a couple of suggestions for you to think about. One is to sort out your light source and be bolder with the tonal values. For example, there is clearly a strong light coming from the upper right because we can see it reflected in her eyes. But the light and shade elsewhere are inconsistent with this. Also, I think you could put some much stronger darks in the shadows of the hair.

My other suggestion concerns colour. It looks as though her hair and flesh have been done with a very limited palette of browns (possibly only one brown with white added?). To give a more lively and naturalistic look, try bringing other colours - a little blue in the shadows, perhaps some red reflected onto the flesh from that bit of cloth. The best thing is to make some colour notes from life as flesh has many colours in it if you look for them - blues, greens, mauves, yellows, reds, etc.

I know very little of digital art. Do you exhibit your work and if so, do you make prints or show it digitally somehow?

Thanks for posting this in portraits.
best wishes


02-04-2001, 11:56 AM
Thanks! This is sort of a "signpost" piece for me. I did my first digital portrait about a year ago and wanted to see how far I had come. I painted with the same pallette as the first. I was pleased with my progress. I also posted this piece in the digital forum. I'll upload the first piece into that thread for comparison.

vonorloff (cool name http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif)
Yeah, I was referring to tools in Painter. Painter is billed as a "natural media" painting program. It comes with a full compliment of artists tools from oils to pastels to pure water. It has numerous brushes, knives, erasers, canvases, paper, etc. The tools mimic the characteristics of real tools: Colors mix, you can build up layers of paint, you can work wet-in-wet, etc. If you use a digitizing tablet with a stylus, the tools become pressure sensitive (the harder you press, the darker your color.) You can even shade with the side of the stylus. I think its a pretty cool program.

I used photos for reference, this was created from three different photos of three different women (which probably explains part of the inconsistency with the light source http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif)
I usually begin working from a sketch that I will draw either directly on a digital canvas in the software or draw on paper and scan the drawing into the package. Though, for this piece, I painted a silhouette shape in Painter and worked from that.
I'm still fairly new to color. I've recently begun a watercolor class, partly to get a better grasp of using color. For this piece the hair is actually a deep burgandy, with lemon yellow highlights, the skin tones are made up of three browns and burnt orange with airbrushed eggshell highlights. The lips are progessively darker shades of burnt orange. Most of the "painted" whites where created with the eraser tool (I cut the resolution by 50% when I converted the original to a jpeg for uploading to wetcanvas. This kept the original size, but lost some of the color.)
To date, I've never had an exhibition, aside from my website (http://members.nbci.com/digistyle/index.html). I haven't printed much of my work, but I have started looking into printers which can print on various paper weights, including canvas and watercolor paper.

Whew! Sorry for being so long winded. Thanks for the comments and suggestions.