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erwinsoo
09-12-2007, 03:31 AM
A new practice piece.... i've started to reinterprete reference photos using only what is necessary. :D

LittleWolf
09-12-2007, 03:36 AM
aww, how sweet! great colors, too. :)

ginem_ginem
09-12-2007, 04:24 AM
I love the composition... ...great work..

Rowena
09-12-2007, 05:07 AM
Neat stuff erwinsoo :)

I like the tension that is created between the photo-realistic treatment of the hair, versus the painterly treatment of the background and the face. I think it gives the picture a distinctive edginess that makes it interesting... rather like contemplating what is real versus what is imagined in the little girl's experience.

Of course this may not be what you actually had in mind, but just my own thoughts lol.
Well done you anyway!

ENCHANTER
09-12-2007, 05:16 AM
gorgeous.....beautiful soft light :D

EB
09-12-2007, 05:17 AM
I like :D

D Akey
09-12-2007, 05:42 AM
Really nice. How did you do the hair?

RobertSWade
09-12-2007, 06:08 AM
Beautiful Erwin.

shirly
09-12-2007, 07:55 AM
you are a genius........excellent work!!please ans me ....how much time you took?
how you did her hair?

Scribbly McQ
09-12-2007, 08:18 AM
Amazing stuff! Incredible work and an amazing ability to captivate your audience!

x

Bumble
09-12-2007, 09:14 AM
Wonderful work Erwinsoo. :D :D :D

erwinsoo
09-12-2007, 03:08 PM
Thanks everyone... sadly i took 7 hours to do this and the time spent was mostly on the HAIR... which took me 8 attempts

I use a mixture of realism (not photorealism but the old school stuff) and impressionistic style for the foreground. I figured that its the subject that i wanted the viewer to focus on. It might not work for artists with traditional media and a demanding customer though.... but for me, i'm only painting for the fun of it and also because my work is unrelated and takes up most of my energy.. (in other words, im too lazy to do the foreground :oops: ) Trouble is... the hair should be slightly blurred out to match the rest of the painting but there are no blurring tools in artrage yet.

The Hair
The final technique that i settled down with (for the hair)

i underpainted the scalp with a dark skin tone and blurred out the edge between the hair line and the face. On a new layer, I used the pencil (precise mode) and then stroke the hair randomly as bunches.

To create more hair strands, i duplicated the hair layer, transformed and then rotated it clockwise and anticlockwise until it looked right, and then zoom out the layer a bit. And there you have it, double the hair strands lol...

If you noticed, the hair strands have been darkened on the left half of the head. For that I used the airbrush lowest pressure (black). This allows the strands to be faintly visible.

sallybode
09-12-2007, 03:46 PM
Excellent work, love the eyes. Perfect.

D Akey
09-12-2007, 04:01 PM
Thanks for the tutorial. Simple yet very effective. It would have been insane to do that old school. And there were illustrators who made a career out of painting detail, and lots of it.

Your work is really fun to look at and you come up with nice surprises fairly often. I love it.

Thanks again. :D :D :D

pai
09-12-2007, 09:01 PM
Very nicely done. Beautiful. :)

kiwipoppy
09-12-2007, 10:22 PM
Has an almost mystical feel to it....fantastic

likeke34
09-13-2007, 12:46 AM
wow, looks so real :shock: ... And that's pretty clever (duplicating the layer/doubling the strands) haha... I wish I knew that when I was attempting a furry rabbit, I gave up after about an hour because there were just too many strokes left lol...

Nika
09-13-2007, 03:25 AM
Beautiful portrait :)

screenpainter
09-13-2007, 06:21 PM
Superb use of color. As always great painting skill.
Just an amazing piece. Beautiful.