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Smokin
01-10-2006, 07:56 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jan-2006/65236-Maddy5.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jan-2006/65236-Madison+in+Hat+18+months+old.jpg

Just another try at a portrait. A freehand attempt, I used a 2b pencil, digi water color, and a blender (just add water). Also used a lighting filter in the end. I thought this one was tough, not sure if its because of photo quality or what, but glad its done :D.

waheednasir
01-10-2006, 08:17 AM
wonderful painting smokin...:). i like the muted look.

Skinny
01-10-2006, 08:30 AM
TERRIFIC! I like your portrait much better than the photo.

SaraD
01-10-2006, 09:16 AM
I agree with Skinny - the portrait is more vivid and alive than the photo. Well done Smokin! Your effort really paid off in this one:)

justjean
01-10-2006, 10:16 AM
Wonderful painting of a sweetie :clap:

JCoop
01-10-2006, 10:30 AM
Smokin, this is fantastic!... The eyes are a bit too dark... be mindful to compensate for the camera's inability to make subtle distinctions. I love it though! You really do a great job with that glow brush... I must try it!:)

jhercilia
01-10-2006, 02:56 PM
I think you found this painting difficult because of its too many fingers! I really like your portrait better than the photo.

Once thing to consider is to integrate her right arm a little more with the background. As it is, it has a dark outline or edge all around its perimeter. This should be blended a little bit more to diffuse that line, just like you did with the other arm, otherwise it might look like a cutout.

Chiers
01-10-2006, 03:07 PM
Smokin, this is adorable! You find some of the cutest references. Okay, what is the glow brush?

jhercilia
01-10-2006, 03:15 PM
Smokin, this is adorable! You find some of the cutest references. Okay, what is the glow brush?
If I am not mistaken, I think Joel is referring to the look on his paintings that have a certain glow. LOL
Sherry - I like that first dog in your signature line.

JCoop
01-10-2006, 03:23 PM
If I am not mistaken, I think Joel is referring to the look on his paintings that have a certain glow. LOL
Sherry - I like that first dog in your signature line.

There is an actual "Glow Brush". I think it's in the effects/special effects category of brushes. Can't remember exactly, but it's there. I heard Smokin mention that it was his favorite brush in another post. I love how his artwork "glows" :)

jhercilia
01-10-2006, 03:30 PM
There is an actual "Glow Brush". I think it's in the effects/special effects category of brushes. Can't remember exactly, but it's there. I heard Smokin mention that it was his favorite brush in another post. I love how his artwork "glows" :)
Thanks for pointing it out and clearing the doubt. Never heard of this brush before. Isn't it one of those brushes under Photo? I will definitely look into it! Thanks.

Smokin
01-10-2006, 05:30 PM
WOW, Thank you all for the encouraging comments!

Sorry for the confusion, but I did not use a glow brush. I dont exactly have a wip, but i did manage to save a few iterations.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jan-2006/65236-MaddyWIPa.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jan-2006/65236-MaddyWIPb.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jan-2006/65236-MaddyWIPc.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jan-2006/65236-Maddyd.jpg

I used the 2b pencil and the digi water brushes. The 2b pencil has long been a fave, and the digi watercolor is quickly becoming the tool of choice to block in values.

The first pic is just a sloppy drawinf with digig water and 2 b pencil.
The second is more work with the pencil, used the eraser for highlight, and continues with the digi water color to refine the values, and of course my blender.

The third pic is pretty close to what i finally ended up with, the only difference is I used painters lighting effect (not brush) to render out a soft spotlight with a yellowish ambient tint.

Foruth pic is my final, it has the spotlight effect applied, and I went over that a lil refining this and that with the bencil, blender, and eraser.

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Glow brush is a pretty fun brush to play with, but its not my fav nor is it one I have much experience with. I have used it successfully in the past to render out rays of light, or to introduce some ambient colors to sky/environment, and once with skin tone highlights. It's definetly a brush to look at.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jan-2006/65236-glow.jpg

Above, is a sketch/peice that went horribly wrong, but it does display the use of the glow brush. No this is not a good example of how to use the bush, but it is a good one to see the type of effect it can produce. Here, I was much like a kid swinging around a crayon over lines and going ultra drak, just apreciating the color VS doing anything crafty or artsy.

After i played with this sketch, I did make a mental note to experiment more with the glow brush for highlights or whatever. I think it can work in alot of areas. More specifically, I think this brush would be awsome to try out for hair highlight, still need to actually do it though before i can say its a good idea :P.


One final thought/tip on the glow brush. If anyone here does play with it, start with a REALLY REALLY dark color. Doesnt matter if its red or blue or whatever, just make sure its almost black.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jan-2006/65236-Glow_CW.jpg

@Janet, it acts simialrly to the dodge tool, but diff. It can be found in the F-X tools. (lil star wand)

jhercilia
01-10-2006, 05:56 PM
Thanks Smokin for that great explanation. The ambient light really added a beautiful touch to the painting.

einna
01-10-2006, 06:04 PM
Smokin,

she makes me smile... what a little character. Nicely done, I like it very much.

maria_khurram
01-10-2006, 10:23 PM
Smokin, I agree what all said. Yes, the portrait is better than the ref image. I like the blending and the glow.

JCoop
01-10-2006, 11:21 PM
Glow brush is a pretty fun brush to play with, but its not my fav nor is it one I have much experience with

Oooops, sorry about the mis-quote... I thought I read that in one of your posts... I must be getting old. Thanks for the information.:)

omniartz
01-11-2006, 03:36 PM
Looks better than the snapshot! She is so cute! Wonderful portrait and very expressive! Simple approach resulting in great image!

digistyle
01-11-2006, 05:43 PM
You pulled a lot of emotion (hapiness) from that picture and got it into your drawing. Not an easy trick to pull off. Nice work!

digistyle

LadyAlba
01-11-2006, 11:09 PM
She is such a little doll! And what a wonderful pose! ;o) Off to see what can be done with that "glow brush" LOL

Chiers
01-12-2006, 08:38 PM
Janet thanks for the comment on my siggy pic. It was done for a WDE I think????

Smokin thanks.

I haven't been around a lot the last couple days so sorry it took me so long to see this.

jhercilia
01-12-2006, 08:57 PM
I would love to see a close-up.
Do you have the link? or a website?