View Full Version : First Painting Adriana Lima

03 March 2006, 04:27 AM
Hello everybody in the 2d section this be my first time posting in here.:buttrock:

Anyways I am mainly a 3d artist doing game art mostly but about a month and a half to 2 months ago I finaly gave handpainting textures a shot rather then using photos or max to make textures and I found out I am not as bad at it as I thought I would be, and now after painting 2 body textures and a face texture i got a lil board of working on them tonight and decided to try to paint a photo of the very beautiful super model Adriana Lima. So anyways here is where I am at so far after a few hours. Any crits, tips, and so on are very welcome an much appreciated especialy some tips on painting hair would be really cool. I am not going for ultra realism but I would like to atleast come somewhat close maybe. :D

03 March 2006, 02:48 PM
Ok, what I see going on here is that you are studying the positive rather than the negative space of the painting. Now, while the shapes by themselves are really good, their placement is way off. What you need to try and do is focus on the negative space.

Now, if you don't know what negative space is, it's the empty space surrounding the subject. Basically, you study the form of the shaped around or in between the positive space of the subject. I think this could really help you out in this painting.

Also, I think you need to go a little lighter and more saturated in your skintones.

Anyways, this is coming out really good so far, and I can't wait to see an update! :D

03 March 2006, 06:36 PM
Thank you Sylanya I really apreciate your input I think it helped alot.:thumbsup:

So here is the updated painting, I will fix the color, shading, highlighting and all that later, for now I just wanna try to get things to look right.

Kinda looks funny without a mouth huh, sorta like she is being bound and silenced. Hopefuly that will be fixed soon.:)

Oh yes please share any comments and tips and such all are very much appreciated.:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 08:51 PM
Much better! The shapes are really good now. I look forward to seeing the color correction. Nice work!

03 March 2006, 01:46 AM
Alright since I cant seem to get away from this I have another update, I redid the shading, skin tone, and all that, and also got the face done and the hair started. I strayed a bit from the referance as I couldnt seem to get that effect Adriana has with her eyes in this photo, and I decided also to do the hair up diferently mainly because doing it this way was easier for me. :D cemments stil very welcome and maybe a tip or 2 on a good way to get the hair done, otherwise I guess I will just mess with a bunch of crap and see what happens. :D


I went an messed with the colors again and have goten better skin tone results I think so her it is, oh also I touched up a few minor things during aswell. I think I should stop sometime soon before I go crazy. :D

03 March 2006, 09:36 PM
Well since nobody cares to give advice or even a comment I decided I would try on my own with the hair.:shrug: Obviously it isnt up to par and I dont really have any ideas except one that would take a really long time how to take it to the next level, maybe it is the only way? Please leave comments and especially any tips. I know this isnt up to Linda Bergkvist quality but I am trying my hardest and would really appreciate the help.

03 March 2006, 10:43 PM
hey there,
yeh its coming along. I'm by no means an expert on this subject but i thought i could offer some suggestions. With the hair maybe try layer it up, looking at the strong tones/shapes/colours of the hair from the ref and block those in, then layer in the smaller strands over the top, which are lighter and have more colour. Did a lil paintover to illustrate the point. I think you want to be more suggestive of the bulk of the hair and not try and illustrate them individually as it starts to look like dread locks :)
Study the ref and start loosely and broadly then refine with details, hope this helps.
I know Linda has done a hair tut but I havnt gone through it yet, maybe give that a go too. Keep on truckin'. Guido

03 March 2006, 11:00 PM
Thanks itsGuido, yeah I know the hair I have looks like dreads, thats why I came to see if somebody could give me some ideas. I will try your suggestion and see what I can do.:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 01:56 AM
Alright I tried your suggestion itsGuido, Here is how it has progressed so far. Do yall think I am on the right track or redo it? I really wish i had a tablet, doing this hair part would probably be so much easier.:sad:

03 March 2006, 05:18 PM
Alright here is another update, I redid the hair for the 3rd time using Linda Bergkvist's tutorial as a guide.:thumbsup: I hope this looks a bit better, let me know what yall think por favor.

03 March 2006, 05:23 AM
Alright, I redid the hair again slightly I would really appreciate it if somebody, anybody would give me some advice or a lil coment I am not asking you to do any work for me or anything just say something so i know if I am heading in the right direction here or if I should do something different. I am sure yall were "noobies" at one point in time and wished for and perhaps got a bit of advice and so on. So if anybody cares here is another update with the skin tone slighlty different and maybe a bit better perhaps? And the hair slightly different aswell.

03 March 2006, 06:43 AM
Your painting looks good, The hair has really improved after you viewed Linda's tutorial. I belive the nose should be a little broader at the tip, other than that it is really a nice practice piece. With more practice I see excellance in the future.

04 April 2006, 03:13 AM
Hey thanks for comment and small critique Euphrosyne I appreciate it.

So here is the final picture for now, I changed the color to blue just because I thought it looked cool this way. I think I fixed the nose a bit,lowered the eyes a touch and hmm a few other things, if anybody feels inclined to leave comments critiques and so on please do so.

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04 April 2006, 06:55 AM
I saw your blue version, very nice. It seems that her eyes are off center in relationship to the nose. The nose still seems to narrow around the nostrils, just my opinion. Everything else looks good. I am looking forward to seeing more of your work.:)

04 April 2006, 11:30 AM
yeah, a really good progress.
I suggest you now, to be less blurry on some parts (for ex, if you clear the top line of knees, it will allows an important depth to your image, i think)
For me practice caracter painting is the most difficult, so I applause your courage!

04 April 2006, 03:01 PM
Euphrosyne: Thanks, I will see about fixing the nose and eyes at a later date, for now I need to get back to the 3d thing for a lil while. I hope my next PS painting will be as good as Linda's work....just kidding. ;)

arnocob: Thank you aswell for your reply, I will see about also adressing your pointers at a later date aswell.

I hope to have a new better painting come relativley soon.

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