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12-11-2005, 09:47 PM
This is my latest WIP -- I welcome critiques and suggestions. This is my first attempt at wolves or a non-caucasian model. What do you think?


12-11-2005, 09:51 PM
Very nice :)

12-11-2005, 10:55 PM
I'm reading the skintones as greenish and metallic. I'd suggest spending some time looking at references of the type of skintone that you'd like to paint and experimenting with color mixtures.

Here are some resources to help get you started.


A great explanation of color and skintones
Ron Lemen: Skin Tones Part 1

Skintone chart

Hair reference - multi-ethnic

12-12-2005, 06:07 AM
I like it Christy, especially the wolf. Good sites on skin tones that Digi has posted, though as an artist, you can paint skin any color you want. I would be interested to see a few blues reflected in the face.

12-12-2005, 07:56 AM
Beautiful hair tones! You did a really good job with the highlights. You might want to play with the saturation and hue controls if you've got your Eskimo lady on a separate layer.

12-12-2005, 09:37 AM
Excellent resources, thanks! I will definitely be looking into those. I did want her to be shiny and warm, in contrast to the cool, soft tones of the fur and the wolf... but not metallic! :P

Other items I'm going to work on are the wolf's fangs (not so curved) and the depth/contrast in the furs.

12-12-2005, 09:40 AM
I think that, although skin tones are not realistic, the actual colors used give the painting a verey interesting look, especially they way it contrast with the white of the wolf. It has kind of like a misterious overall look. And it goes well with its title. I like it!

12-12-2005, 12:06 PM
Thanks! I'm torn between adding more realistic skin tones, because I like metallic contrast between the warm tones in her skin and the cold, soft, furry of the wolf and fur. Perhaps if I just touch some blues to her tones it will help ground her in her environment without ruining the hyper-sheen? :)

Other things I've been told I could work on:

Wolf's Teeth
Darker values in the fur and wolf
Anatomy: back too short, butt too high, arm/shoulder thin and shortened, fingers that are close together jointed oddly

12-12-2005, 12:47 PM
mysterious indeed. i like the white area. i would just say, that at the moment the girl and the background are not blending with eachother, try to avoid the cut out effect. and have them in such a way that they all seem to blend in the environment. let them effect eachother. hope u get my point...:).

all the very best...:wave:.

12-14-2005, 09:27 AM
OK, I've updated her somewhat, made her more dramatic and (hopefully) grounded her in the scene a bit more. What do you think?


12-14-2005, 10:09 AM
Like the new background and the touches of blue in the hair and body.

12-14-2005, 10:22 AM
I like them both! I like the wolf better in the first one and her better in the second one. The whole painting has a "fantasy" effect and any color etc. goes in fantasy. Thats why they call it that. Course maybe that was not the effect you were looking for but I still like it.

12-14-2005, 11:12 AM
I like the second very much! The added contrast works well.

12-15-2005, 11:44 PM
Here's number three!


12-16-2005, 09:37 AM
That fur has become magical!

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