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Old 06-02-2004, 07:49 PM
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Question digital elf portrait - tips?


I'm just getting into digital work.

This was my first serious attempt. Using mostly the airbrush in photoshop. I'm pretty happy with the skintones, but i have reservations about the hair. I've tried multiple times to improve it, but can't seem to... I tried adding texture, sharpening, painting more details. I don't have a tablet (yet) so i'm limited in control by my mouse... I drew a pencil sketch initially before painting over it in photoshop.

Any tips on how to imrpove the hair???

I've attached the digital piece, the original drawing, and the ref image. (Yes, i know the piece doesn't match the ref image, but i wasn't going for a copy, just used it for help with the pose and hair.)
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Old 06-02-2004, 08:26 PM
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Re: digital elf portrait - tips?

Taylia, you're doing very well if you're just getting started. One suggestion though, don't keep those dark "outlines" around the chin and hair. IMO they're very distracting on a really lovely piece. Use darker shadows and slightly blurred lines instead of the sharp, dark ones.

Wish I could see the hair here, but I can't.

Edited - looked again. You're going in the right direction, just not far enough. First puit in blocks of color and then go in with a few fine lines that are crisp for the dark lights and the highlight (which should be lighter than you've used so far).

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Old 06-02-2004, 09:05 PM
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Re: digital elf portrait - tips?

I think you might try running the USM Unsharp Mask, found in Filters>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask) filter over the piece, that, I believe would draw more attention to the hair and define it a bit more.

I think this is a gorgeous painting, and really can't wait to see more of your work!!
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Old 06-03-2004, 12:47 AM
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Re: digital elf portrait - tips?

Neat looking piece I agree about the outlines though. I know working with the mouse is tiring and limiting, but I think all you need to do is touch up with some very light highlights just as the ref shows

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Old 06-03-2004, 07:55 AM
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Re: digital elf portrait - tips?

Great work on the skin tones

As for hair, I have yet to attack this in this months challenge, but I think putting some gentle bright and dark lines to give it pow should work.

Great work
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Old 06-03-2004, 09:25 AM
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Re: digital elf portrait - tips?

Love your style,

as for corrections, ......not feeling competent

but,... love your style

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ps....if needed, there are some hair tutes , just click on DATT button-below-
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Re: digital elf portrait - tips?

one easy way to bring a lot of depth to something like hair is to paint colors in on a separate layer set to overlay at a mid to low opacity. black and white act like dodge and burn but with more control, and you can add subtle hints of color by using...um, color. you might find that adding black to your shadows and white or a yellow to your highlight areas will give you a big punch.

i'd also pull out some little stray hairs around her forehead, her ears, and the perimeter of the whole head with the smudge tool set to a very small, very high opacity brush. using that same brush, you could add some well defined hairs throughout her whole head.

you've done a terrific job on her face! you're gonna rock if you get a tablet!
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Re: digital elf portrait - tips?

taylia, you've already been given some great advice by some of our resident hair experts, so I'll just say that this is very nicely done and I like it a bunch!
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