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Oubaas
02-27-2014, 11:23 AM
I spent the day messing around with Art Rage and my new Wacom Intuos Pro tablet and did a self-portrait.

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A few things about this picture. It was done from a photograph taken out in the back yard. I did use the trace function for some of it, which was sort of what I was trying to learn about anyway. And I used the reference pic. And I did the thing in color, and then used Photoshop to first remove the color and then colorize it. Finally, the background is pure Photoshop, I only did the part that's me.

So it's more or less an exercise. But I did learn quite a bit about various Art Rage functions and maybe a few things about light and shading while I did it. So I guess I gained some ground by doing it.

Anyway, everybody who's seen it likes it and says it's a good likeness of me, so I guess it will do for a learning exercise.

eighty+
02-27-2014, 11:38 AM
Hi Oubaas looks great a liked the flying machine as well do U think it would make a Channel Crossing ;) ;) ;) :D :D :D :D :D :D SLAINTE

Oubaas
02-27-2014, 12:08 PM
Well, eighty+, she'd get across the channel pretty quick, but the A-7 is the wrong aircraft for that. To do it in style, you need a Hawker Hurricane or a Supermarine Spitfire, or if you're in a big hurry maybe an English Electric Lightning. ;)

copespeak
02-27-2014, 01:06 PM
You are doing such beautiful work Oubaas. It's a great portrait.

Don't be ashamed about using the trace function to get a good likeness, artists have been doing that for hundreds of years from grids, projectors, right back to Vermeer and even earlier with the 'camera obscura' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camera_obscura).

Getting a few guide lines in gives you time to polish other skills.

Of course, having a good sketch/paint of something in front of you, or from your imagination, gives you lessons in proportion and tonal perception. Art Rage is a bottomless pit of learning how to get the effects you want, so just go for it in any way you want. :) :) :)

gxhpainter2
02-27-2014, 01:19 PM
very nice work, I also use Art Rage and Photoshop going back and forth with the image until I get what I want.. like having multiple types of paint and brushes handy. You did a great job on this and I like the sense of bright sunlight and more or less a black and white image..:):cool::cool:

stevemawmv
02-27-2014, 04:03 PM
Hello Oubaas,
Well, this shows me you had a hell of a good time "messing around" today....
It turned out great, you should be happy with the results!
Good job!
Take care,
Steve

HarlequiNQB
02-27-2014, 06:41 PM
Really nice, especially for a second go around (I'm assuming this was right after your plane painting?). I don't see an issue with using the trace tool at all - as long as you're honest about it, which you clearly are. If it helps you learn then it's an important tool.

One thing to note though - you can't do the automatic cloudy background in ArtRage to my knowledge (or maybe you can and I've just not seen it), but you can colorize your paintings in this way - just in case you want to cut out a step next time around. :)

D Akey
02-27-2014, 06:44 PM
Hey, that which works for you must in fact work. Take the win. It looks great! You have the eye and that's what matters most. Bravo!

Caesar
02-27-2014, 09:08 PM
Great! You found a process, an interesting style and You got a finely luminous outcome. Strike! Welcome in here.

shekofte
02-27-2014, 10:44 PM
wow ! you are an handsome cowboy !

AndreaMG
02-27-2014, 11:57 PM
Welcome, the porttrait is very good. As far as the tracing I think it doesn't help at all in the learning process, actually I think it does excactly the opposite, it restrains you and keep you out of focus. I remember that when I used Procreate I began with the tracing function and I was very happy with the results, but soon I got tired of it and tried to paint without it, well at first I had some difficulties with proportions and so on but then I got better, if you want to really paint and if you want your works to look like paintings don't use that function. That said I think you're really talented :)

Marilyn Anne
02-28-2014, 03:04 AM
This is well drawn and an excellent piece of art as well as being a celebration of all the tools and ways to experiment and manipulate images. What fun we have in this digital world to be able to do things that I as as an artist and once upon a time teacher would never have dreamed of. Truly a playtime! Excellent finish!