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06-08-2006, 06:52 PM
Well... did few strokes without knowing what to draw but then a picture started to happen on paper and in my mind :)
And then some fresh air cold snow and this is what came out:
Hope you like it.
06-09-2006, 10:53 AM
A little bit of more work on face and scarf...
C&Cs are welcome.
06-09-2006, 03:07 PM
A little more on hands and shirt.
06-12-2006, 01:54 PM
Here you go... another update... And by the way... As you might have noticed there is no deep plot or story behind the painting. Just a flash of inspiration. I just wanted to practice a bit with tools and color mixing an so on... so maybe now I will continue with some more smal fast sketches to practice form and color.
Hope you like it...
06-12-2006, 06:33 PM
well I'm not a professional or something but it looks really cool for me :D
Great to see the progress for me, thank you for this thread :D
Keep em comin
06-12-2006, 07:54 PM
That's amazing! What program you use?
06-12-2006, 08:57 PM
I think you went a little too far on the blending for the skin. If you look with a critical eye, the level of blending on the clothes and snowboard is more painterly than the blending you did on the skin. This has made the skin lose some of its life and spontanaity. Instead, you should try and push a more painterly quality for the skin rather than try to get smooth blends so that it fits more with the rest of your image.
06-13-2006, 09:09 AM
Thanks for replies!
djtrousdale: I'm using Painter IX (Oil pastels in this case)
Vertrucio: Thanks for pointing that out. I haven't even notice it before. Probably it would be better if I'd work on a picture as whole and not focusing on the small part and finishing details, and then move to another part of the picture. Since that way it happens that finishing is not equal in all parts. I'll try with next piece to take a bit different approach and hold the level of details and blendings throughout picture and so maybe better preserve consistency of style. It's just so damn hard to resist the temptation of working on details even if you know that's not cool :D
06-14-2006, 07:09 PM
Here is a new painting...Really doesen't fit into this thread, but I wouldn't like to start a new one just for this. If there wil be any more work done on this really depends on client's needs and wishes
Any C&C welcome.
06-15-2006, 09:52 AM
Well client decided for a bit more of a realism. So I worked on the cow and added some more detail.
Next I have to introduce more detailed stuff into landscape.
06-21-2006, 12:25 PM
Here you go... i think this were the last updates.
Hope you like it.
06-22-2006, 03:07 AM
The snow picture is cool, but I just love the cow. It's so cute. :D!
07-06-2006, 05:11 PM
Had to do some more paintings ... here's what came out.
Background is actually transparent since it has to be the same landscape as cow has it. But didn't finished compositions yet.
Hope you like them. :D
07-06-2006, 05:18 PM
Oh, by the way. I had to change landscape a little bit (trees) since it should be sub-alpine environment which we have in our country. So here is the new version.
PS: Does anybody know how can I change thread title (if that's possible at all) ... since now there is really no more snow time :)
07-11-2006, 09:40 AM
Here's another one ... not finish yet, more details will come with next post
07-11-2006, 01:18 PM
and very well done.
07-11-2006, 03:15 PM
arnocob: thanks for comments...
well in the middle of adding details client called and said that it would be better if this pig would be a little older... so here i stopped. If I'll have time I'll finish it but for now it will stay in this "half-shaven version" :D
07-11-2006, 07:37 PM
Ok! so let's proceed with an older pig :scream:
Three steps... I wanted to prepare more but i constantly forget to save copies of certain steps.
Finito! I hope :)
07-11-2006, 07:50 PM
These are really cool :) I love the landscape with the cow in the foreground - I really like the quality of them - any advice on your technique?
07-12-2006, 08:36 PM
oh my god, I have never ever found cows cute in any way shape or form, but your work has just convinced me they are. I particularly like the two studies, the brown and white one is positively adorable. And interesting to see your wip images too. Great stuff, I'm sure your client must be very happy.
07-13-2006, 01:41 PM
Thanks for replies. It's really good motivation factor to se other people enjoying my work.
Runecaster: I'm sorry to say that there's probably nothing special about my technique. :shrug: But since the client made a request for another pig (since the last one is now too heavy :)) so I will try to make more screenshots of different stages of my work and describe it a little bit so maybe you will find something interesting in all that.
Since today is the deadline for the final pig, and it has to be finished i think i'll create another post today or at least tomorrow.
Thank you again for replies.
07-14-2006, 04:51 PM
Ok another pig is done, and this time it is the perfect one as far as type, age, size and weight are concerned :bounce: (well veterinarians working at the client had really sofisticated requests :)
And as I said I'll show you the process of creating the image. I hope you find something useful inside, or at least enjoy this post.
Oh yeah, I used Painter IX for painting and Photoshop for final image adjustments.
so first I started on the canvas of 1200x900px with some pencil sketch just to roughly define the shape and features of the pig.
Once satisfied with the result i quickly did some coloring to define different parts of the pig's body color and lightness.
This was done with the Soft Oil Pastel
What I like about soft oil pastel in Painter is that depending on the pressure you draw with you apply less or more of the selected color. So if you press more you put a lot of new color and if you release the preassure you kind of just blend existing colors. And when you have to introduce some more of the chosen color you just press a little more.
With that brush i created all the artwork in this thread. Yes, even the snowboarder. :)
When this stage was done i sent the image to the client to approve it, before it can happen that I loose too much time in wrong direction. Since the client was very satisfied with this version of the pig I continued with work.
07-14-2006, 04:54 PM
At this point I rescaled the image to aproximately 2800x2100. Since it is intended to use it in print (labels for packaging with animal medicine, and for advertisements), you have to have a lot of pixels available. And anyway it is a lot easier to work on details. So with smaller Soft Oil Pastel brush I went more into details. And this came out:
Since as you can see there are still areas in stage 3 where there are some hard borders between colors so i had to blend it more... Maybe if pig would be intended to be more artistic in nature I wouldn't do this since you loose some painterly expression you get with oil pastels. But since client wished for something more of realistic rendering I had to smooth transitions. And I did that with the Round Blender Brush.
Compare this with previous brush screenshot and you will see the difference you get.
And this way I got the pig a little more smoth skin.
07-14-2006, 04:55 PM
On next stage I did some more work on details with oil pastels and added simple definition of bristles and hair.
And this is the stage that I'm not completely satisfied with but deadlines are deadlines . I would spend some more time to make hair more realistic but 5 hours was al the time I had.
At this point I saved the PSD and opened it in photoshop where I used a little of Smudge tool on the hair and blended it a bit, so it didn't look too sharp and unrealistic, and adjusted brightness contrast and did some color adjustments to get the desired result.
OK, it ain't perfect but client liked it, and immediately ordered three more animals (horse, goat, and sheep) so there will sure be some more posts in this thread next week. :D
I hope you like this pig and my humble tutorial as well. And I wish you a lot of joy during the painting you do!
07-14-2006, 05:12 PM
Really like these farm pictures. :) The last pig is definiely the best of all three; the chicken looks lovely fluffy, too.
07-15-2006, 02:14 PM
mmm those look like good eatin' i like the huge pig the best.
I don't know if you added the white part to the last pig's eyes on purpose but i think it makes it look less realistic. It looks more like a human's eye than a pig's
07-17-2006, 10:26 AM
SuperMuscle: You are right... On my reference fotographies there was a white part inside the pigs eye, but less than I put inside. So I guess I exaggerate a bit.
However since pigs do not roam around the alpine hills a new background had to be done for the pig (and other animals in more of a farm environment).
07-18-2006, 07:32 AM
Had to change environment a little...
07-18-2006, 08:57 AM
oh, i totally forgot to post this. Hen, which was done before the pig stuff.
Anyone has any good tutorials on feather painting?
08-07-2006, 11:36 AM
Here you go... had to do one more... this time a horse.
08-07-2006, 06:46 PM
And here's da goat! :)
08-08-2006, 09:27 PM
Here you go. Sheep was the next in the "farm-line" :)
I'm glad sheep is done since I have quite a handache because of painting the wool :scream:
And a bit of a detail...
08-08-2006, 09:30 PM
Very good work, very realistic! The only thing that bothers me is the feet of the sheep. Everything else is great!
08-08-2006, 09:39 PM
Thanx for reply and yes feet do look a bit wierd. I'll have to grab some reference photos of sheep feet... :) ... well if there'll be any time left since deadlines are squeezing me and I have to paint a horse untill tomorow. So, that's probably bad luck for da sheep :D
08-10-2006, 12:07 PM
And here's the horse.
08-10-2006, 03:28 PM
Really impressive stuff. I like how realistic these animals stand out even without the help of background settings or anything like that! Are you planning to put them in scenes or are they only used for the labelling?
Anyways - great job :thumbsup:
08-11-2006, 06:46 PM
they will be used in advertising and labeling and they will have the background when needed. And the background will be that scenery on the previous pages of this thread. So they will al have common background (those green hills) except pig who will have that other background. (since pigs usually don't roam the hills :)
08-11-2006, 06:46 PM
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