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Thread: my first portrait

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    my first portrait

    This is a portrait of my daughter using dali's method,
    its not quite finished but I am unsure what I am missing
    the picture on the gold foil is my second attempt
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    First you learn patterns, then more patterns, finally you dance

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    All a matter of mileage. You'll get it.

    First, I've personally found it difficult to paint loved ones -- especially from scratch. So you have humans, which either are exactly right or they're wrong (unlike a picture of a tree or something that is usually not a subtle thing where nuances count.) When it's a loved one, everything matters. (unless you are doing an artsy abstract style or something. . . but for realism this holds true).

    But in using pictures, it's easier to use a picture where there is a clear shadow that describes both the contour and volume of the head.

    This isn't so bad though. A good opportunity to get a handle on the materials and the things that go into creating a human head.

    Tip: Think in terms of the volume of the whole head, and shadows (even faint ones) describe that best.

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    Last edited by D Akey; 10-05-2008 at 03:12 PM.
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    Shadows

    Thanks for that, in my eagerness I forgot two things,
    1. The photo I had used as my reference had used flash
    2. The background was very dark,
    neither of which helps my shading, as I have tried to reproduce the photo I started with,
    A question,
    How do I create a palette of the various browns, I find getting the various browns and flesh tones to be very hit and miss
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    Don't forget you have something very powerful in your tools, and that is the airbrush, using a somewhat larger airbrush, you can get a very smooth effect. Try to go a little less purple with the tone as well. Purple all over is good for death and zombies, but not vibrant skin tones. Purple in shadows is great though, just has to be used sparingly. Just keep it up and remember to layer, layer, layer. Oh, and don't forget you can create a stencil from a layer to keep the paint where you need it. (Makes for cleaner lines)

    Good start though. From what I can see of your smoothing, use lighter strokes. It just takes practice. Your first portrait might not be so great, but I bet your tenth will be.
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    Zombies

    No I do not rob graves for my art,
    Thanks for the tips,
    I will give it another go by next weekend,
    at this stage I only have a mouse,
    tho I am also trying to smooth with a brush with no loading
    Your how to guide was great...now to learn to read English !
    Last edited by clay_baxter; 10-05-2008 at 05:05 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clay_baxter View Post
    A question,
    How do I create a palette of the various browns, I find getting the various browns and flesh tones to be very hit and miss
    Here are some of the threads I introduced regarding picking colors from existing pics as well as making your own palettes. Hope it helps.

    http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums...ead.php?t=2648

    http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums...ead.php?t=1635

    http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums...ead.php?t=1565
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    Thanks for this, I am slowly working my way through the forums, and having this in one place helps
    (Maybe dali is right and I should specialize in zombie style)
    I remember one of andy rages comments regarding colour mixing and this may be part of my headache..the photo I worked from was taken with a flash, my thoughts are that the camera has used the blue scale to show the brighter whites in the picture, as a consequence I tend to get various shades of mauve when I use the colour picker,
    I will try on a scanned picture next to see if it improves my results,
    I have had heaps of fun tho..(Had a few thumps from my daughter along the way as well),
    I will try steps 2 and 3 now.

    Quote Originally Posted by D Akey View Post
    Here are some of the threads I introduced regarding picking colors from existing pics as well as making your own palettes. Hope it helps.

    http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums...ead.php?t=2648

    http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums...ead.php?t=1635

    http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums...ead.php?t=1565
    Last edited by clay_baxter; 10-07-2008 at 01:18 AM. Reason: update
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    the next iteration

    Finally got some time to play again,
    this is the next go
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    Last edited by clay_baxter; 10-13-2008 at 01:33 AM.
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