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Malachi Maloney
09-14-2002, 08:49 AM
MY IMAGE(S):
Model: Cherie Roberts
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/upload_spool/09-14-2002/12515_cherie.jpg
Painted freehand in Photoshop on a 9x12 Wacom Intuos tablet.


GENERAL INFORMATION:
Title: Experimenting *nudity*
Year Created: 2002
Medium: Digital
Surface: Computer
Dimension: 5x5, 300ppi
Allow digital alterations?: No, please :)

MY COMMENTS:
Hey all, my first gallery post at wet canvas. Sorry it's not something more elaborate. :\

I've been working on this 20 minutes here, 20 minutes there, during breaks from a major painting I'm working on right now. The other painting I've been working on has been so labor intensive, that it was actually relaxing to work on something else for a little while. Plus it keeps your skills sharp if your constantly painting/drawing/doodling something. To give you an idea of how involved the other piece I'm working on is; I've been working on the sketch for it for over a week now and I still have at least a couple days of sketching to do before I can even start laying down any paint, which I estimate to take another 100-150 hours. So, I definitely needed to work on something else for a little while, just so I don't burn myself out on the larger piece.

So, this is what I did during "brake time".
I did this piece as a quick study in style, color and texture. I do things like this every once in a while in an attempt to keep my skills varied and fresh. Things like this are also a way for me to show potential clients that I have more in my arsenal than airbrush skills. Not only that, but my main goal is to eventually incorporate a more textured look to into a lot more of my future illustrations.
Like I said, this piece was done quickly, well at least for me it was, a little less than 5 hours. Which is about 1/20 of the time I normally spend on a painting. The coloring came out kind of "wonky", in my opinion, but I was experimenting, so I really didn't know what I was going to come up with in the end.
This painting was done on 1 layer with some new custom brushes that I recently made. The brushes were made by dabbing ink on paper with different sizes/kinds of brushes. I was really pleased with how well the new brushes represent natural media.

Take a closer look at this piece and view some full resolution details from it here (http://www.liquidwerx.com/cherie_portrait.htm).

I don't show nude photos of my models, but I've included a cut-out of the reference photo if you'd like to take a look , so you can see just how different the painting is from the reference.
Reference (http://www.liquidwerx.com/cherie-ref.jpg)


Let me know your thoughts. :)

Take it easy,
Malachi


MY QUESTIONS FOR THE GROUP:
Does the color pallet work?

salmarino
09-14-2002, 09:10 AM
Hey dude;
Nice stuff! You should post in the abstract/contemporary forum. There are more (people?) there to see and critique your work, if that's what you want. In the meantime, you should be receiving subsidies from the lumber industry as your women have the tendency to create wood! I especially liked Blue Eyes.
Put your stuff up. You'll probably get some crap from the ugly feminist types, but have fun with them as they are easily stirred.
Regards, Sal
P.S. you're a decent technician but don't get hung up on it. Get more involved with content.

jerryW
09-14-2002, 04:21 PM
your tiny head reveals true design talent and creativity

painting porn stars could produce marketable product as painting rock stars or politicians.

(I am not sure this is a porn star, but some on your site have recognizeable names - I guess it would be something else if they had been commissioned by the famous persons themselves)

painting from your own personal life will be more
genuinely numinous.

obviously

talented.

Malachi Maloney
09-14-2002, 07:15 PM
Thanks for the comments. :)

JW~ I paint pin-up for a living, that is what I do. I paint pin-up because I feel there is nothing on this earth more beautiful than the female form and as the artist who paints my work, I feel I have the right to paint whatever I choose. I don't paint porn, have never painted porn and have no plans to ever paint porn. I would certainly hope that you can make the distinction between nudity and "pornography". I think the only "porn-star" I ever painted was Silvia Saint and that was done a loooong time ago as a practice piece. Most of the models I work with are Playmates, sci-fi/fantasy/romance cover models, etc.
Just to clarify, like most of my models, Cherie is simply a pin-up model and that's it. She's not involved in the porno industry.
Thanks for the kind words and comments none the less. :)

Take it easy,
Malachi

FishBellyWhite
09-14-2002, 07:33 PM
Howdy Malachi

First of all, not all feminists are offended by female nudity. :) Secondly anyone thinking of posting a diatribe on nudity is ignoring your little nude Icon. :evil:

The rendering is nice, except the shape of her head looks a little off. When I reference the photograph it really seemed to emphasize it. Try to picture the skull behind all that hair as being more or less spherical with the jaw attached to the bottom. If you sort track the confluence of her jaw to the back of her head I thing you will see what I mean. The back her head seems too flat to me. Since you didn't want the image dinked around with, that is the best I can do. The adjustment to correct this perception would be minor.

Anyway, other than the shape of the head it is a pretty nice pic.

FishBellyWhite AKA Jake