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Thread: Self Portrait

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    Self Portrait

    Every few years I try to do a self portrait to see how far I've come in my skills; self portraits seem the best way to do it to me, because if there's anything people are most familiar with, it's themselves - at least, in theory .

    So, this year gets done in my new favorite mucking-about tool, ArtRage. I did the original sketch in Manga Studio because I had planned on inking it in that program, but with their Vista compatibility problems I moved over to ArtRage. I think I like it so far...
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    Nice, I like the glowy purple effect. Very nice.

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    Hey, I really like it a lot. It's a thought provoking portrait. It's shown me something new.

    It has a lot of specifically descriptive things that say it's very much a picture of an individual, even though such a line style is, in my mind, associated with comic books, and graphic novels and some of the animation treatments like in Through A Scanner Darkly, etc. And that often has a generic formulaic quality to it (ink outline stuff). But the line is fairly fixed weight, and that's a tough thing to make look dynamic.

    Maybe the limiting thing was having to have many people work on the same character. Not a problem when you're the one calling all the shots.

    Your drawing shows a high level of skill, which suggests a high level of accuracy. Whether it looks like you or not, I'm buying that it does.

    Great job.
    Last edited by D Akey; 05-28-2008 at 04:43 PM.
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    Hard to think how to go beyond, dear soap, at least along this graphic/ comics style. It's absolutely delightful, tasteful and balanced!
    Panta rei (everything flows)!

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    Very beautiful and successful one you do not work

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    It seems you donīt have far to go with this. Very well done, with a definite personality.
    The only problem with humor is that no one takes it seriously.

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    Dear DigitalSoapbox, very very well done, it is so neat and sharp and the different colors make it emotionally special, the tatoos are enhansed for a reason i bet,

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    Thanks for all the kind words, guys. I still don't know that I'm 100% happy with the colors, and I'm thinking some type of background would be appropriate, and the wrinkles on the shirt (especially at the bottom) are a little too loose.

    I'm trying to find that in-between style, where I can stick w/ the inked lines but still get the painted effect across. I've seen it done successfully a few times with different styles, it's applying mine to the general idea I'm trying to achieve...getting there, and of course hearing your comments is a big confidence-booster, so...thanks again!

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