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Thread: Blending Challenge - for ArtRage blending masters

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    Blending Challenge - for ArtRage blending masters

    Hello all:


    Challenge: Blend a very smooth sky gradient from moderately saturated skyblue at the top through to unsaturated very light yellow at the bottom using oil brushes (plus maybe the oil palette knife) only.


    See the following YouTube video at times 1:50 to 2:20 (this is a real media example I would like to achieve the same result - using ArtRage oils)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr9kMc25bPI


    Due to copyright I have not taken a screen shot of YouTube.


    The tools and/or techniques I am using in ArtRage 4.5 are failing miserably.

    If you succeed without too much difficulty or too many spurious colors please post your results and your technique!


    EDIT: Some early submissions right out of the gate have some impressively effective and fast results. But we ALL know one could simply use the airbrush to get crazy smooth blends, and then fake it with tracing or layers to make texture. But the idea of this challenge is to stick to ArtRage's oil tools to get a painterly result, i.e. using ArtRage's touted capabilities to imitate real media: "take many of your familiar techniques and work with them inside the software" -Traditional Artists section of ArtRage website blurb.

    C'mon peeps, a challenge is supposed to be challenging... roll up your sleeves!! Get a painterly effect using oils and the palette knife. I know you can make it happen!

    UPDATE: Enug is in the lead. Only oil brush and hard smudge (palette knife) and very smooth results with minor color artifacts.

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    Last edited by DarkOwnt; 11-27-2014 at 03:17 AM.

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    How dose this try grab you?
    Initially done on three layers, then all merged down to one.

    Top layer is for texture.
    Pure white Oil Paint. Blend mode = "Tint"

    Mid layer is the blue and white.
    Deep blue top and white at the bottom. Blended together with the "Frost" blender at a large size. Finally going over the whole layer with "Instant Blur" again set to a really large size.

    Bottom layer is the yellow.
    Only painted the bottom edge about a quarter the way into the canvas. Then did the same "Frost" and "Instant Blur" again to it to fade out the upper edge.

    Just added a second try at this which I think came out better still.

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    Last edited by markw; 11-26-2014 at 11:13 AM.
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    Personally, I'd use the Pastel tool (wax mode) to do the smoothing. Here's an example:

    The image I ended up with:
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    The video of it's creation (minute and half run time):
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    This is actually done in Verve, in which blend is achieved by holding down shift, but I thought it would be interesting to see a side-by-side comparison of effects.
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    This is not an answer to the challenge but an example of my best "cheat" attempt.

    I use an airbrush to get a smooth but not "computer like" gradient.

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    I save this to a file and use it to trace using an oil brush. Voila:

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    A painterly cheat. BUT I do not presume to claim this answers the challenge., after all it is a hack/cheat... I leave the real challenge to the blending masters!

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    I used an oil brush, Normal, square and blended with Hard out Smudge.

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    June.

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    Or with texture (as much as you like). I added another layer below the original I posted and applied an Impasto oil brush. You can vary the stiffness of the bristles to get as much texture as you wish.
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    Last edited by Enug; 11-26-2014 at 03:50 PM.
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    You can also apply impasto oil paint on the layer above (I used white paint) and use the Multiply blend mode and get the same effect.
    June.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enug View Post
    I used an oil brush, Normal, square and blended with Hard out Smudge.

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    Before Hard out Smudge were your oils already in multiple bands or was it a hard division with two colors? i.e. What did you have prior to smudging? Can you share the Hard out Smudge technique you used? Stroke direction, size, pressure etc? I like the results you are getting.

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    When applying the three colours they naturally blend where they overlap.

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    The settings for the Oil Brush - Normal Square and Palette Knife - Hard Out Smudge are their default settings - I used the knife at a size of 500% The oils I used settings of 500% and 200%. No special technique in using the knife - back and forth horizontally, moving up and down as needed to blend.

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    June.

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    And try to ease the way
    Of all the little weary paws
    That walk the world
    today.
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    Unknown.

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