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    JBEAU_portrait_purple

    Here is the beginning color laydown before I start blending.

    The third Image is a couple of hours messing around. I'm still working in lots of details...
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    Another approach, after a few hours of noodling around...
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    I may have her blouse be semi transparent, so I'm going to paint her topless first. I'm trying to stay with a directional brush theme. I roughed the way I want the strokes to flow, seen by arrows, but that may change. Still need to fix lots of stuff on the face, but it's good to work on different areas at the same time. This gives me a fresher look on areas I've worked. Sometimes I get tunnel vision...
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    Nicely done, always a pleasure to see another persons work in progression, always looking for ideas.
    Look forward to the conclusion.
    Geoff

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    I noticed, that women you paint, always know, what to do with their hands. I'm looking forward to the final stroke as well.

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    Thanks for the comments guys! The hand gesture speaks when no words can be said. The face and hand must compliment each other or the composition will fall apart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbeau View Post
    Here is the beginning color laydown before I start blending.

    The third Image is a couple of hours messing around. I'm still working in lots of details...

    What method did you use to blend with?

    I am concidering trying this method tonight. I have struggled with faces a bit and have use the method of filling in with a base color and adding colors to produce the shading effects seccondary. I like the method you used here beter. I think it produces beter results. What was your blending tool and settings so I can try this myself?

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    Thanks Caesar and Shadowslake!

    @ ShadowsLake
    I use a similar method.
    I create a new layer and fill it with a midtone value, the base color you mentioned. There was a bunch of pink in this image so I filled it with that color. Then I make a new layer and start to apply colors from my palette. My color application method is using a mix of oils and flat pallete knife. The oils brush is set to thin and dry with default settings. Palette knife is set to flat with 50% pressure, 65% load. Sometimes I end up merging the base layer, pink in this case, with the layer above with all my colors. In this case, I didn't do that... I ended up deleting the base layer and kept the colors that you see in the first image.

    My blend application method is with the flat pallete knife.
    Load is set to 0, start with low pressure and increase the pressure until the paint moves and starts to blend. There is usually a gap between colors and finding the proper pressure to fill that gap depends. I usually start with 4-6% then work my way up to 55%. The blending is also dependent on how much pressure you apply with your wacom. I typically have a light hand, but thats my traditional drawing style. Light first and heavier after...

    I also found that if you want highlights or adding colors that you missed with the initial color application, its better to create a new layer, apply your new colors and then merge down. Then blend accordingly, I find it blends much cleaner. If your colors start to muddy then undo and try this immediately as you add new colors over existing ones.

    Hope this helps.
    Last edited by jbeau; 06-01-2012 at 09:00 AM.

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    Softened the hard brush work of the hands(used wet palette knife), played with the clothing, added yellow undertones with an overlay layer using an airbrush, reworked the hair tips and blending(still not happy with them, may need to redo the full left side to make the hair wrap around).
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    An amazing portrait, you are so talented, I can only dream.
    Geoff

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