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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Pacific Northwest

    Fantasy painting of my Granddaughter

    Hi all,

    It has been quite a while since I've posted anything. I felt a little reluctant to post another WIP as it sometimes takes me a loooooong time to circle back and finish them up. Still, I proceed. Full disclosure, I did some tracing of my reference image, a photo I took on a "go to papa's workday." We were at a local food cart pod waiting for our brick oven pizza and she kept walking circles around the vacant benches. I was smitten by the carefree nature of her demeanor and wanted to capture it along with her likeness. I've never been great shakes at capturing a likeness so I gave in to tracing simple lines to establish the edges and remind myself of the edges where the light falls off. The rest is me playing in ArtRage as I do. :-) Below is my reference photo, the lines I traced and the work in progress. I hope you will enjoy this no matter how long it takes me to finish and post the final.

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    Be well,

    "Teach, Learn, Thrive"~DM

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Excellent start!

    I think the challenging part will be matching the imaginary lighting of the tree, dolphin and other fantasy creatures with the real lighting on the girl, so that they all appear to be in the same world. Being less accomplished I myself would try to unify the lighting by making maquettes and trying to replicate the lighting of the reference picture. Better painters than I could do it all from imagination... which if I tried would look like the vintage or cheap special effects, whose mismatched fake looking lighting we are all familiar with!

    You’ve got a really awesome start to a really admirable challenge! Tally ho!
    Last edited by DarkOwnt; 05-11-2019 at 09:06 AM.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    It's so happy to see you back and post some of your fantastic works. Love to see your WIP and your granddaughter is adorable. Somehow your fantasy process made me think of Alice in wonderland. Can't wait to see more.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Love the way you transformed the picture to some fairytale surrounding, thanks for sharing your work. I have bought some fairytale artworks like this from Indianartzone for my kids room

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