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Thread: Fnished!!! Clint Eastwood Portrait!

  1. #21
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    Hi Taron,
    Thank You Very Much,

    I knew while making those wrinkles that there was something wrong with them (visually) but could not put my finger on it and hence could not correct it.

    I think I know what you mean by the gradient; it's also visible in the leather band on the hat, except there it's a flat horizontally curved plane. where as the wrinkles sit on a complex plane and curve also in multiple directions. While the hat band appears (at least to me) a bit better resolved, the wrinkles are not part of the forehead and stick out I suppose. the Am I on track here?

    I find it difficult to spot inconsistencies while working on something even tho I keep flipping it H & V.

    Thanks for the error spotting. I'll have a go at it.

    ashy

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    I'm always happy to help!

    You've also been splitting the main fold over the nose in two, by the way, which causes it to flatten out. Turn it back into one a bit fatter "sausage" and the wrinkle itself will get back volume. Watch the skin tone and specular components. In the shade it either gets bounce light or reflects the brightest object being lit infront of him, which could well be the ground. It'll be diffused, but it'll show up only at directly reflecting angles and vanish quickly as the skin turns away from it. It should be consistent throughout the whole face, though, especially in the shadowed areas. The image you've used as reference shows it quite well, by the way. Trust it, but it's very contrasty. You might want to scout for similar reference. It's well worth it and a fantastic study!

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    Thanks Taron,
    I must try that out.
    Hey any advice on blending in ArtRage?
    I had such difficulty while blending colors smoothly..that I left a few things I knew were wrong..(the bright orange patch on the forehead etc..)
    I find that to do a brushy painting is very easy and cool in AR but to to that detailed smooth blended tone is very difficult..
    Or am I missing something? I read about setting the loading to 0% but that doesn't seem to do much, or using the crayon, which always loads a lil color, and hence is not for me..
    Any advice would be quite helpful..
    ta,
    ashy

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    Super job!

    As you mentioned, nothing is ever really finished--you just get to the point you donīt want to do any more. Regardless, this is one very fine painting. I look forward to seeing a lot more of your work!
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    That's Fist Full of Fantastic.

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    Hmmm, I'd think you you wouldn't show any difficulties with blending, meaning that it looks great in that regard. But either way, there are many ways to go about it, depending on what it is that you're after.

    For the most control you might want to turn off grains and use chalk or oil pastelle and a lot of color picking. Don't forget that the settings are your best friend with all tools. It takes a moment to figure out what's your favorite dials.

    I often love working with oil turned off insta dry and little thinner, but it's a tough esotheric thing, because blending can create some sense of no control very easily. I believe the main trouble is only the color bit depth that creates high saturations the more you blend around with oil. But if you vary and turn on insta dry strategically well, you can get wonderful dynamics. I love that it gives you far more than perfectly smooth gradients.

    Also when you do color picking, make sure you use proper settings there, too. First and foremost turn off lighting for the picker! The rest you'll figure out yourself, too!

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    heh hh he, I'm a big fan of Eastwood and this is a nice tribute to him!
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    nice painting, i really like it
    i'll use it as my desktop background for a time if you don't mind

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    awesome... I love the canvas texture too

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    Thanks

    @Case you're welcome to use it as your wallpaper. No probs

    @blurymind, thanks, I see you're already a fan of the "man with no name'.

    @michalew, thanks, and Mr.Eastwood was one of the coolest isn't it? (well except for the cigarello I suppose..HAHA!!)


    ta,
    ashy

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