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Thread: Ice is hard!

  1. #1
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    Ice is hard!

    Its also hard to paint.. I liked this painting, and threw the another layer on top to attempt some ice. Now, I don't like the way it looks, admitted, I didn't spend much time on the ice but thats because I feel I'm headed in the wrong direction. Any tips would be great!
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    Hi there
    I liked your painting, it's quite attractive for me
    I've tried to draw ice on it, I hope you won't be angry at me)
    I used Chalks to do this
    First, I took a white color, and draw a big white spot instead of your lake
    Next, I took a light blue color from your picture, and made a slight smears on the spot
    Then the same with a darker blue
    Afterwards, I used a Palette Knife, flat type, 10% pressure and 70% size
    Very slightly I smudged all that I got on the lake with one smear
    Then I used the Airbrush to darken it
    That's all
    I've tried to make a cracks with pencil, but they are not so good as I'd liked to

    It seems to me, that the result is look like a real ice (or water)...
    Hope, you'll find my try useful

    And I hope that my english wasn't too bad)

    [few hours later]
    I've experimented more and tried to follow your style of picture
    Make another ice, look if you like it
    It's on the second attached image
    If you like it, I'll tell how I made it
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    Last edited by Null; 06-04-2009 at 01:40 AM.

  3. #3
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    Thanks for your help Null, and no I don't mind. The first one I don't like so much but the second one looks pretty good. I can kind of tell how you made it and I do like looking at a different approach. Thanks for your response and time

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    just draw still water and lighten it. instant ice!

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    Use the airbrush tool for the ice. Will make it smooth like you want.

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    Ice usually comes with a lot of snow. You might try adding some white patches. If water freezes quickly, it can look really dark as well, it's not always a pale blue. Do a Google image search for glaciers, there are lots of dark blues and blacks in the images that pop up, as well as light blues and whites. Try adding some variation.

    Over all, it looks pretty good. Keep it up!
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    This may sound silly but try a bit of the ligter colors in the ice on the lip of ground above it. Not a lot but just a tiny bit. I think it will draw the painting into a whole piece & your original ice will fit into it.

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    The best advice I can give is to google images of ice. If you don't know what something looks like use references.

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    I would think about ice sort of like a reflective watery surface, one thing I notice the entire ice surface isn't picking up any shadows. I would work on a more intense reflection and picking up some of those shadows that are cast.

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