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05-05-2006, 03:33 PM
I figured I might as well make a sketchbook, atleast it will make me sketch more hahaha.

I'm currently developing a concept about a cursed ancient tribe called the Motheaters. The concept is still pretty vague but I figured I should try sketching a bit so I can get inspired enough to do the entire image.

So, here's a head study. I'm mainly trying to get the feel of the colours and practising painting heads without references. Her face is a bit wonky, I know :-/


05-07-2006, 01:58 PM
And another head, dum dum dum.


05-07-2006, 02:03 PM
You have a beautiful style, I love how you paint faces.

05-08-2006, 02:07 PM
Beautiful work. No referenecs too, ... :cry: damn! Skin tones are brilliant. Well done!

05-11-2006, 06:30 AM
Sylanya : Thank you!

pap87: Thanks :D I'm trying to concentrate on painting skin well, sketching a- head-a-day seems to help. I love painting faces :D

Here's thefull sketch, subject to major changes.I think I'll stick to the colours though.


05-11-2006, 07:29 PM
Just some hand practice, from a pic by me.


No colour picking(except within my own painting, sometimes that's faster)/tracing/blahblah.

05-11-2006, 11:25 PM
Very nice drawings in here :)

The hand looks so warm and good to touch :)

05-12-2006, 03:24 AM
Yes, the translucency in the fingers is captured perfectly. I'm jealous...
I could learn an awful lot from you. :)
Keep up the brilliant work.

05-12-2006, 05:44 AM
you've got good ones in here.

will keep tabs. :thumbsup:

05-13-2006, 07:20 AM
frostblade, pap87, Salubri3i : Thanks!

Some more from ref now, a self-portrait.My mom thinks it looks more like me than the photo does, yay!
It looks a little stiff though, bleh.


Full version (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v466/hiiri/Hiiri3big.jpg)

05-13-2006, 11:07 AM
aww hiiri :love:

your stuff in the Rembrandt thread was awesome, and you have lovely work here too. Hands are my favourite so far. Not sure what to suggest about the stiffness you feel in the self portrait..maybe try to approach the painting again more loosely and find an expressive line? A propos, I know it's not in your style, but i've always admired the spontaneity of this portrait by wasssup (http://www.supalette.com/coppermine/wasssup.php)


don't know what you think...just throwing things at you :D

05-13-2006, 01:33 PM
Thanks audit:D That sketch is really nice. All his work is brilliant:D Thanks for the link!

I'm really enjoying your sketches too, I'm stalking you :P

05-14-2006, 12:48 PM
An update to the motheater pic.


Her right had looks really odd because of the foreshortening, I need to change it :sad:

05-14-2006, 04:30 PM
Your Motheater pic is beautiful! I really like the close up of the girl's face. I'll come back regularly to look for more sketches!! :)

05-14-2006, 11:04 PM
Oooh, cool thread, I'm subscribing! The thing that strikes me in your self-portrait is the way the hair springs from the head top-left (right to the viewer). It looks almost like a bald spot which I can't imagine is there in reality.:) Other than that it looks fine to me, sweet!

05-15-2006, 04:23 AM
Kelandra: Thank you :D I changed the girl's face quite a bit, I'll post it here later. I decided I didn't want her to look cute, hehe.

Maladie?: Ah yes, I added a little too much skin there, my mistake.I don't have a bald spot :D

and YET another girl-face. I should draw more men and creatures and such...


05-15-2006, 12:14 PM
The hair is this one is amazing, you really captured the volume here. The amidala lips are kinda a cool touch too. She is perhaps a tad pale/blue looking, but that's not really a crit - just an observation - and it doesn't detract in anyway. :thumbsup:

05-15-2006, 01:41 PM
You probably did it on purpose, but her eyes are very far apart - almost two eyes in between instead of the conventional one. Anyway I do like the slightly alien look it results in:).

05-15-2006, 01:50 PM
I should draw more men and creatures and such...

Well, the guy in your portfolio is pretty damn good. Generally people that are good at drawing girls tend to make guys look feminine, but your case isn't one of them and that's good.

05-15-2006, 02:08 PM
LabyrinthineMind: Funny, I was thinking of geisha lips, but now I'm not too sure. I had to look up amidala lips to see what you meant , heh. But thanks for pointing that out:D

Maladie: I'll be honest here, I didn't do it on purpose, hahaha. I stopped doing line drawings a while ago and now I paint and try to mould random blobs into recognisable forms. So I guess I lose the proportions at times, but one day I'll get better at it ;). I did a quick readjustment but I think I like the original better. I must spend more time and not be in a hurry to post images though.
I didn't do it too well though, she's looking cross-eyed. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v466/hiiri/ishanew.jpg

pap87: Thanks :D I think I have phases, in the first and second year of art school I drew only old men, hahaha. Someone actually thought I had a old-man fetish or something.

05-15-2006, 02:22 PM
Here's how the motheater face is looking right now, pretty crappy. It's difficult to work without any reference. I need to work on this faster but the image seems to be a little heavy for my poor comp.
The eye is a ..umm..placeholder, haha. I know it looks wrong.

At 100%: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v466/hiiri/mothface.jpg

A comparison (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v466/hiiri/motheaterfaces.jpg)

05-15-2006, 02:45 PM
You are so good at faces. You've inspired me to work harder on them. I've been practicing them a lot lately, but now I want to do even more. Great work in here!

05-15-2006, 03:24 PM
Hi :) Wow I like the geisha lips sketch! The Motheater girl still looks very pretty. I know what you mean about working without references! It's almost impossible for the newbie like me, I got all the wrong proportions in the figure and ...well, looking pretty weird! Eep. But your stuff looks very pretty!!! Keep it up :bounce:

05-16-2006, 08:41 AM
Thanks Sylanya and Kelandra! :)

I'm so stuck here, I got this completely different idea for the composition and now I don't know which one I like better. :sad:

In the first one, there's a moth almost touching her finger and getting burned in the process, she's looking at that. I am not sure how I want the rest of the swarm to spiral, vertically or horizontally. Horizontal looks rather dead.

In the second one she's looking up at the whole swarm, I kind of like this better, but the cropping at the bottom seems awkward.

A or B?


This is why one should make sketches before one starts the painting *slaps herself*.

05-16-2006, 09:30 AM
Hey hiiri, lookin great. Saw your work in the rembrandt thread - which i failed to keep up with :S haha. Thanks for your kind words on my centaur.
Your work is FANTASTIC! Im going to start doing some straight portraits to study skintones and tonal value right after i finish this centaur piece. Hopefully my thread will look something lke yours :D

And is that really a self portrait. Geez talented and beautiful :love::love::D
So when are you coming to New Zealand next? :thumbsup:

haha as for the compositions i like the vertical better too - mainly cos of her head upturned.
If you want her looking at the moth getting burned up you should raise her hand up to her currently eyeline. It might be a stronger composition that way too. As for down the bottom if you crop off some off her dress it might not feel as crowded in the frame.
But it is shaping up to be an excellent piece. Enayla watch out :P eheheee
cool. back to my illus :)
warm regards

05-16-2006, 10:22 AM
Thanks Cavematty! I've SO wanted to visit New Zealand, especially after watching these new movies they shoot there. You live in such a pretty place!

I think I'll give the vertical composition a shot. My mom thinks I should do both, hahaha yea right. So much for good advice.

I really like the way you combined the characters in your centaur piece. I'm planning on a Naga piece next so it was really inspirational!

About her hand, I did think of raising it higher. It's nice that someone else thought the same:D Time to sketch ;)

05-16-2006, 01:42 PM
I actually think A is better but that's only because I'm not too fond of seeing long vertical pictures that don't fit in one computer screen. Pretty lame reason, but since you like B go with B! It's still got great potential.

05-16-2006, 01:59 PM
Is there an option C?

maybe with her hand up higher palm facing up with fingers relaxed and bending a bit... with landscape format... head up looking interested in the moths :)

05-16-2006, 02:17 PM
pap87: hehe. I am really fond of vertical images, but I think what I liked best about the second one was the head tilting up. So I guess I'll leave the vertical format for another image and try more variations on the landscape one.

frostblade: Yea! I'm going to try that. Thanks! I need to change that hand bigtime, it looks so misshapen right now. I've been trying to figure out how to paint her hand without making it look like Linda Bergkvist's Ungentle, Gentle image(*drool* but don't you hate it when you get an idea and someone paints it just then? I had another great one with a frogman and I happened to see a frog lady last night in one of the sketchbooks) Your suggestion sounds good, I'll give it a shot.

05-16-2006, 03:02 PM
Hi Hiri,

I like B too :) The swirling of the moth looks more interesting in the second choice. I saw your study of the hands earlier so I think the hands will turn out just fine. Looking very very beautiful!! I know what you mean about having the same idea as someone else... (I think it's a conspiracy! he he...) I do love Enayla's stuff (like everyone else) and I also love other artists who make gorgeous paintings...and your painting...looks very inspiring to me. I esp like the colors you're using.

You're a great artist so I will come back and demand for more artworks!! :bounce:

PS: when you paint the hands, can you post the WIP close up for them so I can study, please oh please?!?!

05-16-2006, 03:08 PM
Well, I like B too :)

For some reason, when she is looking up, it gives the entire piece a lighter feeling, less heavy and ominous, and I like the swirl of moths going up. What part about the cropping didn't you like?

05-17-2006, 05:36 AM
very nice playful image , i like the pains your going to try and achive a sense of story and depth to the proceedings. i like the longer shot myself the reader is pulled into the entire piece rather than having to scan the event, it also feels more like a whole

good stuff

05-17-2006, 09:58 AM
wow! Really really nice! Of a professional quality IMO.

05-17-2006, 12:23 PM
Ooh nice stuff gonna check your progress. You got nice fleshy tones in your work, makes them very lively. Keep it up.

05-17-2006, 12:59 PM
Wow lots of votes for B. hehe. I must get start working on that one...

Here's another "omg need to pass time" image. I went wild with the hair :P


05-17-2006, 01:30 PM
wow, how long did that take?

It looks amazing.

05-17-2006, 02:16 PM
Wow, that is some crazy hair. It's almost as though it has a mind of it's own and is trying to suffocate the girl (that is a girl right? It's hard to tell with all that hair). A very interesting piece, I like it a lot. =D

05-17-2006, 02:23 PM
wow, great hair!

05-17-2006, 02:27 PM
Yeah, that hair looks amazing in texture, even if it is a little creepy trying to strangle her :D

05-17-2006, 02:58 PM
Hi Hiiri!! Glad to see another cool sketch. I like how you painted the hair...lol...reminds me of the movie "The Man in the Iron Mask" when the king's twin in the tower takees off his mask and his hair was all over his face just like this sketch! Great stuff and thank you for posting! :applause:

05-17-2006, 03:15 PM
Uh, I really love your style !

05-17-2006, 03:49 PM
Thanks everyone :D I so love painting hair these days. This is started out as an exercise in darker tones but I wasn't feeling too well so I messed up the face . So...I covered it up *giggles*.

Oh, almost forgot. Kelandra, this is for you ;)

This is how her hand looks right now:(at 100%)

The next time I paint it I will most probably finish it off, but I'll try and post stages of the other hand :)

05-17-2006, 09:40 PM
hiiri, you're doing marvellous. In fact you make it look so easy that today I tried to do what you do (paint face without ref). And I'VE CREATED A MONSTER!!:)

No seriously, I'm amazed by your skill, you really seem to have the basics down and I can't believe you only painted so little. It looks like you've been at it for years.

05-18-2006, 06:05 AM
Monsters are good! hehehe. I'm trying to break apart from doing "normal" faces now..

Maladie,I love your avatar. Now we are both rodents, mwahah.

05-18-2006, 06:09 AM
You've got some very impressive works, keep it going I'm def anticipating more.

05-18-2006, 01:07 PM
Oh btw, I did use reference for this one initially. I had an image on my comp that I really liked (this (http://www.awigxpress.com/Urban%20Chic.jpg) one) so I just started off trying to paint the hair like that, then I went crazy :P

slickgreekgeo: Thanks :)

I noticed I spend more time here than drawing, bad Shreya!

05-18-2006, 01:34 PM
I like the drawing better :thumbsup:

05-18-2006, 03:21 PM
Hello :)

Thanks so much for the hand!! wow it was so helpful. Here's the hand I painted after studying the hand you gave me :)


Hope it's not too bad, eek! :blush:

05-22-2006, 03:57 PM
Meh, I haven't worked on the motheater for a week now, artist's block and all that.

Anyway, here's what it looks like. I'm doing the current OFDW (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=360025) too! It's great fun.I'll update the master-copy images here too.


05-22-2006, 04:40 PM
Hi hiiri!! :) Wow thanks for the comment on my WIP; can't thank you enough for the advice on the hand. The Moth piece is looking very beautiful. I look forward to seeing it finished, and I understand how sometimes you just don't feel like painting. I looked at the copy masters link and it looks really cool. Thanks for linking it! I don't know if I have enough skills to try one of those though :( I'm sure your copy will look awesome!

05-22-2006, 04:58 PM
Hiiri this Moth piece is looking amazing - I'm also looking forward to your master copy, as the Rembrandt of yours blew me away. I love the lighting so far in the ^^ that one. And the huge swathe of cloth of her dress on the right side of the painting, just beautiful. You also handled the depth of the forest very well -- damn, you're just inspiring :)

05-23-2006, 06:32 AM
Thanks LabyrinthineMind!:D I'm -terrible- with landscape, I just hope this one doesn't look too bad. It looks rather blurry for now, I'll keep refining it :)

Kelandra: Join us there, it's really addictive! And everyone's really nice. All the comments are constructive and copying a master painting really teaches a lot. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Here's how my copy looks right now(WIP). I think I'll start on the nude too (I may have to paint it in the night so I don't scandalize my family, haha)

I need to start getting my portfolio together, need to look for work. Apparently all the jobs out there are for 3D artists :(


05-23-2006, 08:14 AM
I hear you on the job search thing... it's depressing.

The copy is looking quite good.

05-23-2006, 12:49 PM
Great work in here. I really like the work in progress of the girl with the moths. It's beautiful. I can't wait to see updates. :thumbsup:

05-23-2006, 02:29 PM
Hi Hiiri, I did'nt realize untill now that u have your own thread, congratulations for your work, really many many bows to you, your painting are just awesome, my favs.



These owns a beutiful technique (and model in the last one)


Is just amazing that in only 3 days of work you already have this.

Im great admirator of your work, and I will really look in this thread very often, cheers and congratulations for your work and skills.

05-23-2006, 03:44 PM
Hi Hiiri,

I'll try to join you copying the masters work (God helps me since my skills are new and limited). I really love your work! Wow the rawness of the brushes you use is just amazing!

I'm also depressed about 3D! Eh, I went to an art school (won't name what since I don't want to discourage folks) and majored in Animation, thinking I'll get traditional skills along with it. But NO, all they ever taught me was basic perspective blocks, basic anatomy without heads and hands intructions, and then shoved me into 3D Max and Maya so quick I couldn't even gather myself. I never learned how to draw realistic figures nor how to paint :( So now I have to start over with a A.A in Fine Arts at a community college. Bah, listen to me...blah blah blah...sorry to bore you so much.

On a positive note, I learned a lot about painting online watching you and other awesome artists like Frostblade, Cypherx, Enayla..(too many to name). Just want to thank you for being so kind and so talented!!! You're a really cool artist! :arteest:

05-23-2006, 04:14 PM
Aw you guys :love: *group hugs*

Man, I so need my daily dose of cgtalk, it keeps me going:D I can be such a lazy little bum otherwise.

frostblade: Thanks :) One has to keep trying though. Something will turn up, eventually, haha. I made a post in an Indian CG community, let's see if it gets any replies.

Sylanya: Thanks for the encouragement :D

DigitalSol! hehe. You're such a doll (oh my, that rhymes!) Thank you so much, you give me far more credit than I deserve!

Kelandra:I'm looking forward to seeing you there.There are loads of people there now though, I'm getting lost myself, haha. But it's a great experience and Rebecca's there to keep us all motivated. Yea!
You have learnt 3D, right? Your 2D is improving at a phenomenal rate, you have nothing to worry! You're already good, but you'll be rocking very very soon :thumbsup:

05-23-2006, 04:50 PM
Totally derserved, your work is one of my favorites in CG talk:love: and your portfolio too

05-24-2006, 11:50 AM


These owns a beutiful technique (and model in the last one)


agree, awesome. love your way how you deal with light.

05-24-2006, 11:58 AM
You.. with your skills ... difficulty getting a job?
You have no idea how discouraging that is to us mere mortals.:sad:
Best of luck!

05-24-2006, 03:47 PM
TheFirstAngel: Thank you! :D:D

pap87: Seems like it right now. You'd think with all the "outsourcing" we'd have more jobs here. They all look for experience..
Or maybe I just need to look harder. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Here's another, from the OFDW, a quick one, will refine later.


05-24-2006, 06:21 PM
For the paint above...
:applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:

It seems that Im not the only one with 2d job difficuls, when I finish the univ, almost all the work requires 3d, and I hadn't any skill for that, so I work for free some time (about 1 year) at Newtek Mexico, and they teach me LightWave, after that I haven't problems with getting work, but Im always looking for 2d, my real passion. So how about if you learn LightWave, IMHO is the most easy modeling and rendering program, and as I know, the most 2d artist i know, says that is very intuitive for persons with 2d experience. And always are the forums here in CG talk, and something that really likes my about this place is that you can always can ask to other members that already know the program, and if I could help, it will be an honor.

05-24-2006, 07:30 PM
Thanks DigitalSol, you're really wonderful!
I'm looking at Lightwave right now, and the 3D forum, and the texture threads (I think I'll enjoy that!) and Steven Stahlberg's Optidigit website (*sighs* he teaches there!).

And I have a major headache from trying to read so many threads at the same time, haha.

05-25-2006, 02:44 PM
Texture is my favorite part in 3d, the most of the people that I know hate it, but I just love it, modeling is something that I enjoy much, I know that you will be great in 3d, I will wait to see what happen with your work. :D

05-25-2006, 06:56 PM
Some changes:


05-26-2006, 03:02 PM
Hello Hiiri, your nude model entry for the OFDW is going great, there was something strange in the face, but I just saw the reference and the model have some strange factions :D. hope to see this finished soon, as always, fantastic job. Will you ever teach me how to paint directly with color?, :thumbsup:

05-26-2006, 03:10 PM
These are all really great; I just love how you do hair. ^^

05-27-2006, 09:01 AM
Apparently I can't draw anything except for pretty girl-heads. :(

Tried so hard and still looks like crap.


05-28-2006, 01:11 PM
Oh Hirii I just think that one is a matter of brushes. Use harder-edged ones methinks. I like the deisgn though, and his expression is spot on! Menacing!!

05-28-2006, 01:19 PM
Thanks LabyrinthineMind, I was going for the expression :) I didn't feel like "finishing" this one..

Here's another, done for the Daily Sketch topic : Green. A green goblin? mwahahah. Sorry Mr. Norman Osborn :D

I don't feel upto posting it there though.


05-28-2006, 01:25 PM
Ooooh I like that one :) And why not?? It's certainly high caliber for DSG!

05-28-2006, 01:42 PM
Hardly anything of compositional value, hehe. I'm terrified :P

05-29-2006, 05:56 PM

Hello Hiiri, I like the last 2 head sketches, specially this one, looks like is an acuatic creature out from Jason and the Argonauts :D. I really like how you manage the colors.

05-29-2006, 10:17 PM
Cool new direction you're taking, hiiri!

Ofcourse you can do more than paint pretty girls. You've got your values, masses and lighting down, so you can do anything! (I envy thee:))
I agree with Laby it might require a bit of a break from your normal work flow - but could also be a matter of getting used to it. Keep going!

05-31-2006, 01:13 AM

Just gorgeous work in your thread! :applause: Hope you come back to the OFDW, I read in audit's thread that you've felt a bit lost, I can understand that ~ but we'd be glad to have you back. :)



05-31-2006, 01:26 PM
Can you please specify just why you think that monster looks like crap? All it lacks is some detail, perhaps, but it most definitely is NOT crap!!
If anything it would just make the rest of us noobs feel like crap, and by the way you've done nice pictures besides pretty girl heads. What about the bashi-bazouk dude (think that's what he was called), from the OFDW?

All I can say is I look forward to seeing more creepy creatures from you, (and of course some pretty girls!) :)

05-31-2006, 03:14 PM
Hi Hiiri,

Sorry for not posting in your thread in some time (been busy doing God knows what :)) I think your creatures sketches are cool. I like the fact that you painted it and didn't use any "filter effect" nor imported textures. I don't see why you should be sad because they are great sketches and they are cool monsters. You're very talented,cheer up sweetie!! :)

06-05-2006, 11:23 AM
Argh, I'm in a bit of a hurry right now, but I just want to say thank you SO much guys!*big hugs* Your encouragement really means a lot to me. I've been away for a while oweing to the fact that my internet connection wouldn't work at all this week and all my relatives have decided to meet me around the same time. Bah to socialising :D
I hope to be back soon with some more sketches soon. I miss CGtalk!

06-10-2006, 12:51 PM
Another head, whee!
I'm so happy :D Our B.F.A. results are out and only 7 people got a "first class" and guess who is one of them! *big grins*

Here's Raven. In contrast to my mood ;)


06-10-2006, 12:57 PM
Oh, I like her eyes, very dark. Reminds me a little of Jean in X3.

Congratulations on the BFA!

06-10-2006, 01:15 PM
Sylanya: Thank you! It was quite unexpected.
I forgot to mention I used a pic of myself as a reference.I did watch X3 recently, so I can see the resemblence :D

06-10-2006, 02:00 PM
I was gonna say, it looked like you hehe - but then I have seen that other self portrait :)

Anyway you could give a little hint on how you brush out that skin? It's gorgeous, and reminiscent of Linda Berkvist on some level. Would love to know how you do it.

That is, if you're willing to give out trade secrets :D

06-10-2006, 02:47 PM
Well done Hiiri, this is an amazing paint, hope you take this character further and make more pics about her, maybe a full shot?, the mood is very good too

more pics hiiri, please!!

06-10-2006, 03:19 PM
The last one is great! That's some very interesting effects through highlights and as well very good colourchoices. Looks very decrepit! :thumbsup:

06-10-2006, 03:36 PM
Runecaster: There's no specific technique that I follow really. My work is just a haphazard series of strokes. I paint, I erase, I try to remember to make new layers, I paint again, I flip horizontally so many times that I forget what the original position was..blahblah :D I'll show the steps though, I hope that will suffice because I'm terrible at explaining things

As for the trade secrets, there's this one thing my teacher told me which I always keep in mind. I had taken up Non-Representational painting as one of my practical subjects this year (Non-rep, Portraiture and Printmaking, odd combination huh?:D) and I was working on a series of abstract painting which were based on pareidolia and the inkblot tests. Anyway, I loved what I was doing and the paintings looked nice too. The technique mostly was that of applying washes on acrylic paint on canvas as dabbing them out with crushed tissue. So one day my teacher called out to me and said while what was I doing was really good. it was very technique based. Anyone could "steal" it and if someone did that, what else did I have with me that would make my painting "mine"? So anyway, my point is that I'd like to think I have more to the painting that just following set rules. So I don't really have a problem with showing my method of working. :D

Anyway, enough of all that:) Here's stage 1. I usually don't save any stages before this because I'm running out of space on my comp. I think I have a screenshot somewhere though, I'll look for it. I cropped the image in the end so this version is slightly different.
Ok, so here I use my regular round brush. Yea I'm one of those idiots who use it almost all the time. I just don't like to be hassled enough to look for the other brushes when I'm working. I whip out the texture brushes only much much later. Anyway, I've just laid down the basic colours in this one. I stopped doing line drawings a few months ago. It was too restrictive and I found myself colouring inside the lines which made the painting look very flat and boring. So now I just take a big brush and make an oval-ish blob on the canvas, paint the darks for the eye socket, the shadow under the nose, the upper lip and the shadow under the lower lip (like this (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v466/hiiri/aldog.jpg))and take it from there.

Stage 2: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v466/hiiri/raven2small.jpg
Some more refining. I put in the stitched up lips on a new layer just to see how it would look (it's a fav. of mine!) but it didn't quite suit the image so I got rid of it. I'm going to use it in another image though, mwahah. Then on another layer I did some work on the eyes and the veins.

Stage 3:http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v466/hiiri/raven3small.jpg Ok I just added some colour to the hair and highlights too (which weren't looking nice so I took them off later). I went back to the first layer (I don't work with more than 2-3 layers, it messes up my computer) and added more orange/yellow to it. Then I added the same colour on the second layer too (the one with the veins) just to integrate it with the first one. I could have erased it here and there, it would have looked the same but I prefer painting over.

Almost there!: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v466/hiiri/raven4small.jpg
Ok, here's where the refining/texturing begins. I hated the mouth so I changed it completely (I love this one! I always have a hard time drawing closed mouths, I'm very used to painting mouths that are slightly open) I finally decided on the highlights on the eyes . The background was too plain so I added really subtle texture and then painted over it, and again, and again. I used some crosshatching brushes to add some texture to the face, added some reds here and there. Also worked on the forehead a bit.

Ok, that's that. I think it will be easier to see how I've gone from one stage to another if you open the stages in different tabs (if you're used a browser that supports it) and click through them. Like I said, I'm terrible at explaining , I apologise for that.

DigitalSol: I really wanted to make a full figure painting for this one:D I just need a reference, my anatomy is really rusty (not mine, I mean anatomy skills haha) Maybe later ;)Thanks!

jmBoekestein: Thank you! I'm rather pleased with this myself, for once .

06-10-2006, 04:32 PM
Wow, hiiri. That third step REALLY looks like Jean Grey from X3. That power-hungry, evil smirk that her face has is very visible in that third step. Great work!

06-10-2006, 07:02 PM
Hiiri, awesome progress shots. I must admit that I feel better knowing that its ok to start without a contour - I continually feel better and more like I am in control when I work on a face without dark contour lines -- and I agree too, painting over instead of erasing is my favorite thing to do as well, it just feels more natural. I dunno. I still majorly suck in general at everything I do, so... yeah.

You know - I think I'm using the wrong hard brush, or I press too hard... becuase my stuff, when I use that hard brush (opacity jitter set to pen pressure, right?) it just doesn't come out looking so smooth and soft.

I will have to fiddle with the settings and test out some skintones. Yours almost glows from the get-go, it's beautiful!

06-10-2006, 07:34 PM
well well mousy some stunning skills there, i very much like everything u done
with the latest pic

keep it up


06-10-2006, 09:25 PM

I'm really stunned for words.

This one just HAS it!

I'm glad you're back:).

06-11-2006, 04:05 PM
I'm happy to see new works!! I really like your WIP :) The texture on the skin is awesome. The lighting is greate and I like her wild hair. She looks "possessed" with demonic/evil essence...cool!

Thanks for posting this great thread:) And CONGRATS on being 1st class BFA. You truly deserve it. (As I said, you're an inspiration). I really hope to learn from you more. Sometimes I get frustrated at my own limited skills but watching you work kinda keeps me going. :)

06-12-2006, 08:09 AM
Sylanya: Haha thanks. I think I'll draw a Shreya-as-Mystique next, ;).I quite liked the smirk too, but there was something wrong about the lips, so I changed it.

Runecaster: (I love your signature!) I don't use the hard round brush. I use a brush that's between the hard and the soft, a medium round brush maybe? haha. Here's (http://elftown.lysator.liu.se/stuff/shreyabrush.abr) the link to it anyway.

Squibbit : Suuret kiitokset! :D

Maladie: Thanks! Glad to be back too *hugs*

Kelandra: Thank you! The result was quite unexpected, but I'm not complaining;)

I started a new one, it's so different from what I do normally. I can't wait to finish it and post it, hehe.

06-12-2006, 11:51 AM
it's so different from what I do normally hehe.

Well, whatever it is you are doing, you are doing it right!
Can't wait to see your next picture.

06-12-2006, 02:06 PM
Sometimes I get frustrated at my own limited skills but watching you work kinda keeps me going. :)

I agree Kelandra. You are inspiring Hiiri! :)

Thanks for the nod to the sig - Judge Learned Hand is the MAN. I wanted another quote, but it doesn't fit here:

“It is enough that we set out to mold the motley stuff of life into some form of our own choosing; when we do, the performance is itself the wage.”
-Learned Hand

That's my favorite one!

Whoa, my font changed when I cut and paste haha!

Anyway, THANKS for the brush, omg I'm so going to go try it out!! :D

06-12-2006, 11:28 PM
Hi Hiiri :)

Wow thanks for the brush. I used it for my sketch. It's a really cool brush!! I can't wait to see your next painting.

06-16-2006, 09:19 PM
Awesome work !
I found a treasure thread. I've nothing more to say........ just subscribing.

06-17-2006, 12:07 AM
Squibbit : Suuret kiitokset! :D

everybody speaks finnish nowadays...


06-17-2006, 11:49 PM
Wow love the skin tones :) Nice self portrait too (from a painting standpoint and otherwise :D )

06-20-2006, 01:29 PM
pap87: I haven't worked on it lately. So much for the hype, hahah. I think I'll finish it off tonight or tomorrow though.

Runecaster: Thank you! Do you like the brush? I set the spacing to 1-2% btw.

Kelandra: I'm glad you like it:D

Psan: Wow, thank you!

Squibbit: You say it like it's a bad thing;) I'm studying the language :P

3dRaven: Thank you very much!

Argh, I haven't worked too much recently :< Migraine headaches( I hate the sun) and general lack of inclination.
Anyway, I found some OLD drawings on my computer yesterday, while I was deleting stuff. Oh my god, they are so embarrassing! I remember for one image (I think my first every digitally painted unfinished one) I actually wrote down the RGB values for the colours I was using( I don't remember if the GIMP had a colourpicker) It's so funny when I look back. I wonder how I would feel about all the stuff I do now, 5 years from now, haha.
ANYWAY, I made (actually modified)some absolutely luverly brushes while I wasn't painting. There's one I'm particularly fond of (in the image below, I have used 2 brushes. One's the rough one and the other you can see in the face and the edges of the hair) Let me know if you want it :D


So I tried doing a proper portrait with these brushes, but they're a little too rough to use. I have to tweak them a little. But anyway, here's a 4 step portrait (http://elftown.lysator.liu.se/stuff/brushface.swf) , from a random picture online. I didn't end up using the brushes on this one :(

And I finally finished my OFDW entry!

I'm feeling really bad about not completing the Bashi one :(

06-20-2006, 02:42 PM
Wow Hiiri that OFDW is amazing! And don't feel bad, I only did like 10% of one, so there ya go :) I'm a much much larger failure haha!

I do love the brush - I'm still not getting something right -- there is something that I'm missing apparently - and I think the most frustrating thing about it is the fact that I can't puzzle out what I'm doing wrong and/or not doing. I figure if I just keep trying different things I'll hit it eventually :D

Can't wait to see more stuff!

06-21-2006, 09:35 PM
Squibbit: You say it like it's a bad thing;)

ah no, not necessarily, merely stating, what made you choose finnish to study?


06-23-2006, 02:10 PM
Runecaster: Thanks:D I'll go back home and check the settings for the brush and give you an update, maybe that makes the difference. I usually paint with 100% opacity btw and vary it by pressure.

Ok, here's some random stuff. I have this major one-sketch-a-day obssession. It's crazy, I feel so guilty if I don't draw something. I'm turning into an art-geek :P

I did this about 2 days ago at night and then stopped midway because I got scared looking at it, haha. Finished it off yesterday.


Very inspired by that awesome still-life in the 2D finished section. This is a paperweight, sketchy sketchy.


My OFDW updates.



I wish my internet connection would get sorted out. I hate going to internet cafes :(

06-23-2006, 02:40 PM
Love the paperweight, it looks very glassy and trnaslucent, plus you got some very interesting reflections onto it. Makes want to learn colours.

06-29-2006, 04:37 PM
:eek: WOW Shreya !!! AMAZING SKILLS i must say..you are working so hard...Beautiful works..

Congrats for the first class in B.F.A.

Good luck for your future :thumbsup:

Keep up the great work!

06-29-2006, 05:18 PM
digital sol reccomended to see your thread to me ...great work i must say...dunno how come u cant find job... it'l be more difficult for me then you as im in delhi right now and got way weaker skillz then yours...best of luck in any case

06-29-2006, 09:21 PM
Some really nice work here, hiiri.
I think I didn't get round to commenting on your OFDW 17 entry -- it's plainly spotless; great work on both the values and colours.

I'm also very fond of that seriously pissed-off red girlie of yours. ;) Are you thinking about making something more out of it, perhaps, or will it stay just as a standalone piece?

06-29-2006, 11:37 PM
Wow Hiiri, can't really do much else than praise you! Your sketches hit the nail on the head in shape, lighting and flow for me.

I do one sketch/drawing a day too right now, but I'm aiming for really different goals...it's interesting to see you develop! I like that you're choosing more edgy subjects; keep it up!

06-30-2006, 10:28 AM
Wow lots of votes for B. hehe. I must get start working on that one...

Here's another "omg need to pass time" image. I went wild with the hair :P


I love this one! The colours are great and the hair has been painted beautifully. I also like the eye peeping through.

Great thread, you have some wonderful paintings!

07-07-2006, 02:59 PM
jmBoekestein: Thank you! I really love that paperweight, it's such a pretty thing. It's easy to paint pretty things ;)

shyamshriram:hehe, thank you! I've been practising a lot lately;)

killermachine: I applied right now, let's see how it goes:) Thank you!

eilidh:Thanks! I want to do full figures, but ...oh I will :D I just start off doing head-sketches and I can't control myself and I go on detailing them. Yay for floating heads, haha.

Maladie:*hugs* thank you!Practise makes perfect eh? We'll get there;)

enialadam: Thank you very much. It was a skin-tone test that went bad, so I covered it up, haha.

My internet connection has been dead since the 16th, I can't tell you how frustrating it has been. I don't even feel like painting :( In an internetcafe now, so I can't even look at what lovely things everyone else has been upto due to the lack of time.meh.
Anyway, here's my bellydancingfroggiedarlingpoo. It's not done, but it's been like this for half a month now, I figured I'd post for some critique.


I'm doing a walkthrough of how I paint. Copying Bouguereau's portrait of Gabrielle Cot anyway. I think I'll be done with it tomorrow. I hope :D

07-07-2006, 03:50 PM
Loving that frog Hiiri and sorry to hear about your internet connection :(

I really like the colors you used with her, and her expression - the texture is really great, too!

07-07-2006, 04:01 PM
Heya Shreya, this paint is just gorgeous, I really love all, the colors, the mood, the textures, everything is pretty cool, hope to see more post of u, im becoming in an addict of your thread, see ya

07-07-2006, 08:44 PM
amazing!! So happy you're back with gorgeous works!!!

07-08-2006, 06:27 AM
The translucency around the mouth is amazing and the concept is quite funny.

07-25-2006, 08:51 AM
So now my motherboard has been away for repairs for about 10 days now. Apparently the internet problem was because of the wonderful monsoons we have here. The lan card got damaged and it was inbuilt in the motherboard. Ergo.
What a terrible stroke of bad luck. I have absolutely nothing to do. I baked a lot of cakes though, haha.
<3 Hope to be back soon.

07-25-2006, 09:26 AM
mmm cake. You have many forms of talent :)

07-25-2006, 07:43 PM
That happened to my windows laptop a few months ago. There was a design flaw that did not allow the computer to cool down the laptop. It gets worse if you place the laptop on the couch while painting or anywhere that has a warm surface. I don't know if you have a laptop or desktop. But hope this might help and that you'll be painting soon.

Brooke :)

07-31-2006, 07:49 PM
Hi, I'm back :D

I just wanted to post something before I went to bed. I'm going to start a new painting soon and the character in it is going to look like this. With additional jewelry, make up, hair stuff et al. That's tomorrow though. Painted after nearly 3 weeks now, I feel rusty already, hahah.

Ref used (I -finally- got me a digital camera. I will now be unstoppable, mwahaha! ;)).


And the copy I was working on before the great motherboard breakdown. I'm rather pleased with the face, the hair and dress still needs work though. Maybe the mouth too.And her right eye.


07-31-2006, 09:32 PM
Heya Shreya, I just come here to say that your work is just and simply awesome, Im great fanatic of your work, one of the best imho at cg talk, is great that you are back again, I just love the first face, is beautyful, and what can I say about the second one, simply amazing most in the fabrics, you know I wish for you all the best :wavey:

08-01-2006, 06:24 AM
you do a really amazing job on the hair, and i especially like the way you do the skin tones! truly excellent work! :thumbsup: i like that frog too, very nice fleshy look - maybe the eyes could be more shiny. Keep up the good work!

08-01-2006, 07:58 AM
Your works are so full of life, it's really fun to watch them you know. Very original and you're really good at rendering skin and organics. Great works!

edit: btw, I've been having computer troubles too, my non stop computer habit has drained the last juice out of my powersupply, last time I had this I fried all my memory modules, I'm lucky my current psu didn't blow up by now. :/ Hope your toy is working fine soon, or allready, even better.

08-01-2006, 08:25 AM
Wow, I'm very impressed by the way you've rendered the skin and the fabric! It reminds me of the old masters techniques! Wonderful work here!
Can't wait to see the new ones you do from now since you have a new camera :)

08-01-2006, 10:16 AM
I love the way you use light to describe volumes expecially in portraits! Absolutely wonderful !

Hope to see new works soon !

08-01-2006, 01:47 PM
Hiiri I am so glad you are back, you're such an inspiration!! :) Beautiful lovely work here - I love the first one's lips, omg!

08-01-2006, 02:24 PM
the dewy look is really nice and raidant :) stunning.
I look forward to seeing more :)

08-01-2006, 06:24 PM
That is a great copy of Bouguerau! I was actually working on copying the same painting (I think it is his best in terms of skintones), but I stopped once I got the majority of the skin done, since it was only an excersise in skintones. Do you sample the colors or do you choose them manually? They look great.

08-01-2006, 07:06 PM
DigitalSol: Aww thanks a ton, Sun :D You've been most encouraging, thank you!

Bogey: Yea the eyes need some work. I seem to be a little confused about the direction of light too, haha. Thank you!

jmBoekestein: Ouch!I hope your computer's ok now. Mine was dead for almost 9 months once, From June 05 to Feb 06. It's terribly frustrating to not be able to draw when you really want to. And Photoshop had me so spoiled with the undos and stuff, it was even worse for me in school because I couldn't paint with oils as well as I could on the comp (not to mention we had to paint in the alla prima style- no layers and definately no blending, ugh :() I suppose it was a blessing in disguise though, because I ended up working really hard in school that year.
So anyway, what I meant was, maybe you should give the poor thing a little break now and then and attack paper/canvas then instead ;)
Mine's currently giving me some monitor error, Photosop refuses to load sometimes. The little brat.

Dianae: Wow, to be compared to them! :D *jumps* I can't wait to go and shoot some trees tomorrow(that sounded odd). We have some really cool trees here with lot of character, :D I just noticed that you're from ENSAD, how's it there?

CyborgJA: Thank you so much!

Runecaster: Hey, long time :D I have so much of catching up to do.


eishiya: Oh man, I -LOVE- this portrait (I mean the original). There are so many tones in that piece, it's crazy to even look at it. But I thought I'd be brave and try and paint it for myself. I did a little walkthrough of sorts for this one (since I wanted it to be superperfect and I didn't want colourpicking/paintover/tracing accusations). I hope to finish it soon, I've been rather lazy lately. Absolutely no colourpicking there, since one of the main aims was to paint the skin like he did (and since I had so much time, I added some painterly texture too, haha. Will post a close-up soon) and colourpicking defeats that purpose. I do massive layering on colours though. The blue/green on her jaw, for example ,started off as a naples yellow, with a light wash of cyan, with some more yellow on top, then a little white,...and so on.

08-02-2006, 01:46 AM
my chin hurts. i think my jaw dropped a little too hard after seeing the master copy. :D

08-02-2006, 02:50 AM
Yay you're back! I tried to say something this morning but the server was WAY too busy and I couldn't get through :( Your artworks are awesome and I'm enjoying peeking :bounce:

08-03-2006, 05:37 PM
Salubri3i: haha, thank you ;)

Kelandra:Thanks! It's great to be back :D

Here's a new painting I started last night. I plan to finish it in a week :)
Story a little later, I need to write things down, I keep forgetting details of my characters, gah. Anyway, she's the Goddess of Illusion and ruler of the realm where all my other characters are based.

Any ideas or critique will be greaty appreciated :)


and her face (gah, I can't control myself) at 100%. I'll increase the size as I progress.


08-03-2006, 05:38 PM
Simply brillant work, Im very impressed really I had the honor to see this paint in the early stage, is great to see how it becomes into a gorgeous paint, it owns a very mythological mood, I just love this masterpiece, I really envy you, but is a good envy

08-03-2006, 05:41 PM
ENSAD is nice but I don't have any free time ;)
The last ones are wonderful, I'm really impressed by your knowledge of anatomy and colours! Why don't you have a CG choice award?
Excellent work, can't wait to see the next step :D

08-03-2006, 05:42 PM

mwahahhah! I caught you, and your dirty placeholder tricks :D

08-03-2006, 05:49 PM
mwahahhah! I caught you, and your dirty placeholder tricks :D
How could you I was very fast , as I told you my powers are not greater than yours, but is only because Im you number one fan. hahahaha

Edit: At least in Cg talk :sad:

08-03-2006, 06:03 PM
I really liked that face when I saw it on the previous page, and I'm glad you're making a full painting out of it. It looks very promising already.

The Bouguereau study is nothing short of brilliant. Under normal circumstances I cannot stand his work, but when it comes to craftmanship alone, one must be unbiased. :)

08-03-2006, 06:36 PM
Lovely progress Miss :)

Keep rocking :thumbsup:

08-04-2006, 12:33 PM
You're work is completely amazing. I love how you lay down colors to get an early start on the realism. I'm having trouble getting that right at the moment (it's one of the things I practicing). Anyways, these are all fantastic, and I can't wait to see an update on the goddess.

08-04-2006, 05:36 PM
DigitalSol: Thank you very much again :) I want to recreate the Orientalist feeling in this image, hopefully I will :D

Dianae: The award? hehe I wish. I'll have to try harder for that (and having finished images would probably help too) Thanks a lot though:)

eilidh: I have the most wonderful model:) She posed for my "Tainted" image too (although I ruined her face there). Thanks!

shyamshriram: Hehe :buttrock:

Sylanya:Thanks! :) I think sometimes it's a bad thing that I jump into detailing the face so soon. The highlights make all the difference....

Here's an update on the face. Tons to do still (including jewelry!)I decided that I'll paint the eyes last, so that atleast I can bring myself to finish other parts of the image:D
The fabrics..*sigh*

I wanted all the features except for her eyes (well that leaves the nose and the mouth, the ears don't seem to have any special quality) to be soft, almost childlike. Only her eyes would be arrogant.. cruel...powerful.


And now an obligatory floating head! Random reference used. I did this a long time ago, I don't even remember what I searched for in Google.


*back to Photoshop*

08-04-2006, 05:40 PM
Lovely update in the face, I specially like the lips, after the eyes, for me, they are the most expressive part of the face, Im in love of that second face, even looks like part of your last piece, gorgoeus work in the hair and the eyes, as always outstanding work

08-05-2006, 08:46 AM
Thanks for commenting on my new sketch :) I am extending the composition into a full figure and I will add the arms (he he..you caught me painting a character with no arms...)

I really like your skech and your wip so far! You have great skill in lighting and tones. wow. The goddess' piece has great pose. I like how her hair is over her shoulder. The overall color scheme looks great too.

Oh, it might be too much to ask, but ...can you give a tutorial on painting metallic texture? See...I wanted to paint the armor but it's too hard to capture the texture and have been struggling with it :( :( Pretty please? I will send chocolate to India for you..(btw does chocolate melt during delivery?!?!? eek!)

08-06-2006, 08:40 PM
Shreya couldn't stay away from the face, yep.But atleast I started painting again. I spent a whole day doing nothing but chat on MSN, idle on Orkut and ogle at ArtRenewal :/

I started some work on her dress finally too. I'll show after I work a little more on it. I'm going to buy myself a big bar of chocolate if I end up detailing the dress as much as the face :D

There's going to be some jewelry on her face though. Next time :D Oh, and I still have to paint her eyes. Something seems to be off with her left eye.I pushed the bottom part of her face a little inside, seems to look better now.


I'm rather pleased overall ^_^

08-06-2006, 08:43 PM
Wow, the face looks really good now! I love the silky aspect of the skin, very well done! Can't wait to see more :)

08-06-2006, 11:25 PM
Hi there,

I found this ref pic for the lady's face, hope it helps with the eye. :)

And thank you so much for the metal tutorial links! They really helped.
Edit: maybe this is a better one.

Eh..I left only the links to these photos because I felt like they were crowding the beautiful artworks in your wip thread. Sorry :( :(

08-07-2006, 05:37 AM
Dianae: Thanks! :)

Kelandra: Thank you so much for looking for the pics :) The second one might help. Actually I can (or I think I can anyway) paint the eyes, I just wanted to do that right at the end because I end up painting over it again and again otherwise. And there's absolutely no problem with displaying images like that, I don't mind at all :)

08-07-2006, 03:05 PM
Hello my dear Shreya, as always, more that critic anything, I just come to say how amazing is your work, you are a real paint goddess when it goes about painting skin tones, I just love the little details like the specular points in the cheeks the nose and the eye lids, is great to see your progress, can't wait to see the drappling, good luck in your work.

08-07-2006, 03:11 PM
That last portait is sweet ! i can feel the skin texture and flesh..
btw...any tips about the same would be helpful :)

08-17-2006, 03:21 PM
Here's some more Bouguereau for you guys :D I think I need to practise hands and feet a lot more, here's something to start that off. From La Vague by the Big B. I'm in love with the soft-light brush mode!

I'm terribly bummed about one thing though. I lost all the textures that I had assigned to certain brushes after my comp crash ( had to reinstall Photoshop). So annoying , gah.


08-17-2006, 03:29 PM
Time to save your brush settings in a file and store on a cd or some sort?

Lovely leg :) The lush colours and a relfective water part...nice.

08-18-2006, 01:42 AM

Those legs... I am speechless...

08-18-2006, 03:57 PM
Oh, stop already!!! Because of you I've run out of words of praise!

I guess now is the time to give this thread 5 stars eh?

Edit: Whoops, I forgot I already rated it ages ago, LOL!

08-18-2006, 05:54 PM
Well..what can i say.....that master copy is supercool...im inspired...I just love the way u paint...THANX Shreya :)

keep up the great work !

08-18-2006, 09:14 PM
Hi..... Hiiri // Iridyse // Shreya ...:)

Just discovered your thread....all I can say,... is WOW ...LOVE IT...:applause:

CAN'T WAIT TO SEE MORE ..... :thumbsup:


08-21-2006, 02:04 AM
Hi Shreya (Iridyse :)) Sorry for the late comment. I've been flying around and get dizzy in planes :( Love the legs study, the pinkish toes are a nice touch! Your shading technique is really amazing! Hope to see the finished work on "Goddess of Illusion" and thanks for posting your wonderful sketches :)

08-21-2006, 11:47 AM
just stummbvled upon ur sketch thread.. ahveent see you or your work before.. briliant stuff.. i think i will ave to start a sketch book

08-23-2006, 09:55 AM
frostblade: I have it saved in another location. It's just the assigned textures that went crazy. I think I have most of it fixed now though.

Salubri3i: Ah, it's just a copy :D

pap87: Wow, thanks for the thought!

shyamshriram: Thank you Shyam :)

SpiritDreamer: Thank you very much!

Kelandra: Hehe, I must finish it off soon. Thanks :D

W-I-L: Thanks a lot:) Looking forward to seeing your sketches :)

I thought I'd draw myself without using a reference. I thought I'd try out skin textures but it seems I got tired of it before that :D So here's a chibi-doll like Shreya. The eyes are so me, hahaha.Especially the blue liner.
The reds in my hair are not so strong though, I wish they were. Stupid dark hair, doesn't catch colour well :P

Didn't spend too much time on this. But it was fun! I think I'll try out some more soon. Full figures:D


08-23-2006, 10:08 AM
The reds in my hair are not so strong though, I wish they were. Stupid dark hair, doesn't catch colour well :P

yeah tell that to my g/f ... she has very similiar hair. always dying it and never holds. latest one was trying to go as light as possible and then it turned ginger.. nasty.. anyway enough hair talk, girlfriend .. your pic is really cool... looks like a doll.. . you dont look very happy in it

08-23-2006, 01:57 PM
Very cute! The eyeliner is really nice, sparkle bits and all. Personally i can't paint eyeliner on my eyes in RL...goes everywhere lol...any tips lol?

Thing with dark hair is that you have to lighten it before you can make it go brihgt red... and note that shade will not stay that bright for many washes...etc...expensive etc...touch up every few weeks.

W-I-L , if your gf want to go lighter... she needs to go to a very good colourist that will treat it with the right amount of chemicals etc and tint it with a shade of purple/blueish to remove the yellow. It also takes serveral treatments to get to the nice blonde colour from dark hair...also beware of it going super stiff and britle...then oh noes... black roots.

08-23-2006, 03:33 PM
I love that latest one, looks cool :)

As far as the color goes, Frost is right - a good colorist is mandatory!! :)

08-23-2006, 03:55 PM
lol Iridyse, we have turned your thread into a hair and beauty forum. doh!

08-23-2006, 04:36 PM
lol Iridyse, we have turned your thread into a hair and beauty forum. doh!

So, got any tips to improve skin texture? :D

I was talking about painting!

08-23-2006, 05:33 PM
Hi Shreya :)

I was going to say something about the hair but I read W-I-L's comment on "hair and beauty forum" so I wasn't going to say anything. Eep.

I liked the colors...the big eyes makes me think of Haute Doll magazine. Very cute! :)

I'll be back to spy some more...

08-24-2006, 01:26 AM
those eyes remind me of zoe castillo from dreamfall. nice work shreya. :)

now give me some more bouguereau's. har har har! ;)

08-24-2006, 07:47 AM
Thanks :D

I forgot to mention earlier, I have a little tutorial-walkthrough of sorts of the Tainted image here (http://3dtutorials.sk/index.php?id=130&page=) . Have a look! I hope someone finds it helpful :)

If there's anything I missed or anything that needs a little more clarification, please let me know. There's another more detailed walkthrough for skintones that I have..been..doing...*hides from Enrique* of the Bouguereau copy that I posted a while ago (hey Ryan! :D) and I'll do my best to add it there. I think that one is mostly based on some colour theory and stuff though. And basic things to look out for in the face.

08-24-2006, 04:16 PM
Hi Shreya :) Before I go off to look at the Tainted tutorial and save it in my folder, I just want to say: I'm very excited about the tutorials you're doing, and thanks for taking the time to do so...I'm learning so much from you. :arteest:

08-25-2006, 03:50 AM
that's a very nice tutorial... i... uh... will now conquer my... uh... dislike for clowns so i can read it. :D

most of all i'm looking forward to the bouguereau. mwehehehe... har har.

08-25-2006, 09:19 AM
wow hat tutorial is sweet.. love that image girl.. clowns are kewl. Like i said i really need to start a sketchbook here to get myself doing more art. Been busy though.. today i will for sure... right now i am leaving for town to buy me some pens and sketchbooks... laters!

08-31-2006, 05:20 PM
Well, I started feeling really guilty about not having posted here for so long, so I'll leave you with something that's not quite finished , it's headed there though. I'm just really annoyed at a certain issue and I can't seem to paint right now because of that.

So, they "unpublished" my Qiane image at another big Graphics Art website (yea, hint!). The reason given was that I was to provide the reference. I explained to the mod that I would be glad to privately show her the image, my model doesn't wish her picture to be displayed all over the web and there was really nothing I could do about it. From what I can think of, the only reason required for the ref is so that they can be sure I didn't paint over the photo, or that I didn't use any copyrighted material. I don't understand why there seems to be a general idea that an artist can't shoot his/her own references? As for the paintover part, they just have to look at the WIP, sheesh.

I'm just so annoyed( or disappointed, or depressed) because it's not even like I'm hiding anything. I -said- I would show the image privately. What if my model was nude? Would I still be required to show her image to whoever came across that page? Heck, I'm a mod of an art/writers communtiy myself. Rules are good, but there's a certain fairness element that must remain in them.



Sorry, here's the image.I have my "doll face" as my MSN display image and my friend really wanted one for herself too. So this is for Cho, for being a sweetheart and as a thank you for modelling for Qiane.


08-31-2006, 07:34 PM
Hi guapa, wonderfull work!!! everything you do is just amazing, this doll version of you and your friend are just gorgeous, your skin tones are perfect as always, the cooler thing this time is too see another side of your painting skills, the stylized figure, and this one is a pretty stylized face, the eyes are alive indeed, you already knows what I think about those guys that dont appreciatte your awesome job, I wont repeat it here because maybe there are kids reading this thread, (I hope so) great to see your work I hope that you live 100 years and paint all of them lol

08-31-2006, 08:09 PM
Hi Shreya,

I'm glad you're back with another sketch for me to gawk at :) Did your friend pose for this one too? I like the huge eyes...he he...it's like anime with the big eyes but it's not since it's so realistic regarding everything else...looks very cool. It's a lot like a well rendered caricature. Very adorable :)

Sorry about your painting being unpublished. I did notice that it was gone when I was there. That's the prob with digital work I guess...sometimes you can't tell who's painting and who's painting-over. But I think people who paint over for a quick ego trip to get comments are just delusional about their skills. I certainly don't think you've painted over anything. You're very gifted and you're right, presenting WIP thread would have been enough proof. It's their loss really.

Anyway, I hope you feel better :) No worries, I won't flood you with anymore chocolate.
Hugs for you,

08-31-2006, 08:43 PM
Awwww shes SOOO GORGEOUS <3

btw...just found her at Orkut ;)

09-01-2006, 12:53 AM
tell me who they are and i'll... i'll... oh crap i can't do anything. :D

anyways if it means anything to you. "i'm a believer in your work" so don't fret.

it's a very cute painting btw. i'm sure your friend will be happy to have it. :buttrock:

09-01-2006, 05:48 AM

wow! so cute.

This makes me want to paint more. Just got hit with a powerful dose of inspiration...thanks for sharing this with us. I so need to improve my skin tones after seeing this.

09-01-2006, 10:24 AM
that looks really cool... hate that your younger than me.. envy envy.. at least enayla is a little older than me.. but i can fast see you becoming a huge force like her and your younger than me!! me jelous? never.... :D

09-01-2006, 05:54 PM

very nice work
i love the tones and light

09-01-2006, 07:33 PM
You have an amazing talent, especially in regards to skin tones. Can you recommend any tutorial or book? I'm trying to push my skin tones, and it seems you do it with ease. Keep the masterpieces coming.

09-03-2006, 07:05 PM
DigitalSol: Hey stranger ;) Thanks a lot! It was fun to paint in a slightly different style.

Kelandra: Thanks! Well, I've already painted her some 4-5 times already, so I didn't really need a reference this time. I did look at few videos of her (driving and saying silly things) before I started, but it wasn't really reference, just something to make me laugh and get into the mood :D

shyamshriram: Yea, she's there..stalker! :D

Salubri3i: Thank you very much!! :)

frostblade: Thanks! :) Really looking forward to your updates.

W-I-L: Oh, there are plenty of artists who are younger than me who draw so well, it's depressing! But thank you for the kind words :)

Gisaiagami: Thank you!

slickgreekgeo: Wow, thanks! You're excellent at skin tones, I'm learning from you ;) Hmm, can't really think of any tutorial really. I guess I just pick up stuff from paintings, or random tutorials and such. Copying masterpieces really helps too, I know I'm improved a wee bit because of that.

A 90 minute quickie.Don't feel like painting hair these days, don't know why :-/ It takes up too much time, and I think I should devote that time and effort to a "finished" piece.
So anyway, here's Obsidian. Just wanted to try out a reallly dark skin tone, and what an eye opener this was. I need to practise more. Or maybe give more time to this and see if it turns out any better. It's difficult to show subtle variations in the skin here :-/ That, and it probably looks too dark in some monitors, hehe.


09-04-2006, 02:22 AM
Hi Shreya :)

Thanks so much again for the tips on the smudge tool. I was like...omg i didn't know it could blend like that!

This drow has very dark skin indeed, but the highlights on his face his awesome! You know exactly where the light goes on the face. I need much more practice to do that :(

But hey you're inspiring all kinds of people, including me. Keep it up :) look forward to see the next sketch.

09-04-2006, 08:56 AM
Hi me appeared one doubts. I saw in its tutorial fantastic way as you put the colors, in the face. He wanted to know more on the step before refining the image. I have difficulty in bloqued the image.
This fantastic colors shadows
sorry for english

09-04-2006, 03:34 PM
Hola Estrella, wow, it looks amazing for beign a quickie, -I wish mines would like that this guy:P-, I just love the characters of dark skin and whaite hair, this guy is awesome, the way you paint skin is always wonderfull, congrats!! stunning work as always :D

09-05-2006, 06:48 PM
Kelandra: You're very very welcome Brooke :) I'm really glad I could help *hugs*

Gisaiagami: I don't quite follow. Which part of the tutorial do you need more information on? The blocking in or the shadows? I'm sorry, but I really don't understand :(

DigitalSol: Mm, white hair, yep :D Thanks!

I finally started on my next image. Painting weird heads is fun! I'm trying to get the feel of transcluscent skin, sort of like that on an octopus/jellyfish...uhh :D There's something wrong with the "form" though, certain parts are looking flat. But anyway, this is not the angle for the final image, just trying out a concept:)


09-05-2006, 06:57 PM
Awesome job Shreya, as is usual in your work the skin tones are just amazing I almost can feel his cold and sliming skin, this guy is great, specially the lips looks great for me, the gills are a super detail on this one, and that evil expression is very cool, the mood... oh come on this is a winner for sure, when I grow up I want to be like you :D

You have my 5 stars!

09-05-2006, 07:12 PM
Hi, the aplication of shadows, definitions...;)
I am start de portrait painting and I am having difficulty in placing the colors perfectly.
Exemple of my portrait:

sorry for bad english.
And wow...the face is very nice :)

09-05-2006, 08:16 PM
A really nice job on this drow. His skin is pretty much perfect, I think. And I'm delighted to see white eyebrows and eyelashes painted properly! ;)
On top of that, I like the way you've worked with the eye colour; it's like very pale amber. And last but not least, his expression. A lot of attitude there; should be expected I guess. :)

09-06-2006, 05:24 PM
Beautiful Painting skills!.. Your digital paintings on bful women reminds me of Linda Bergkvist!..
I really appreciate ur paintings but wud prefer to see them in a composition!..Keep postin:thumbsup:

09-06-2006, 06:29 PM
Hi shreya :)

I like the recent concept sketch. The slime is on the creature is perfect...the texture on his skin is great and the slits close to his nose!! I could imagine those slits opening, flapping as the creature breathes...Great character design, and amazing use of colors and lighting as always! I like his blue eyes, but I guess you could experiment with a crocodile-like pupil?! Just an idea, don't worry about it. :)

09-11-2006, 03:37 PM
DigitalSol: Hehe thanks cielo! I think I might have to go back to this one now..:P

Gisaiagami: Thank you! Looking forward to updates:)

eilidh: Thank you so much! It's my first drow, whee!

CgIcecube: Thanks:) Yea..I need some more "finished" work...

Kelandra: Hey Brooke! :) Thank you very much! The crocodile eye is a cool idea, it will make him look so cruel( and just what I wanted). I want him to look more human though, I guess I need to sketch more.
Oh, and I had the same visual about the gills too! How cool :D

Well, I started on a new concept too, a bird-man of sorts( lacking wings and other birdy-ness right now, haha). But even though it's not exactly refined, it's not turning out as I want it.I think I -might- restart this one. I have grand ideas for it and I don't want to get all uninspired at this stage, haha.


09-11-2006, 03:49 PM
looking good at the moment

09-11-2006, 09:04 PM
Ah I really like the recent sketch, Shreya! If you ever repaint, did you perhaps consider a low angle for the picture? It might be hard to paint, but I think the character might look extremely interesting then. It might add quite a lot to the dynamics (or what's the word...), too! :)

PS. I just noticed I am next to you on Page 101 in Exotique 2, yay! :D

09-12-2006, 04:34 PM
Hi Shreya! :)

Wow I like this new sketch. The couching pose is excellent. It's so hard for me to do poses like that without ref. I also like the purple background. It's hard to tell right now, does he have webbed hands and feet, like frogs' feet with sticky slime? I dunno, I just thought so. Sorry I'm a weirdo with weird imagination. The lighting on the figure looks great!

Hope to see more :bounce:

Brooke :)

09-12-2006, 05:07 PM
i love the ight

the style very cool

09-12-2006, 06:23 PM
W-I-L: Thank you :)

BlacKeri: I did think about a higher/lower viewpoint, that would really make it look better. I'm very rusty with anatomy right now though.bleh.
And yea, hehe. I was going to send you a message about it but I figured I'd wait for the correction (they used an older version of the image and the credits are wrong). But, WHEE! :D

Kelandra: Hey Brooke! It's been a while since I practised any anatomy, so I wouldn't really be able to pull this off without ref either:) I used a ref from http://www.human-anatomy-for-artist.com (I was given a membership for the page for the tutorial I did). It's a wonderful site, I'm planning to do a lot more studies soon. I thought he would have claws :D

Gisaiagami: Thank you! :)

Another quick sketch so I don't feel like I wasted the day. A fremen girl perhaps? :)


09-12-2006, 06:45 PM
Oh wow, what a pretty girl you have here!!!, the blue mood is great, very cold, I specailly love the eyes, they looks almost alive, Im inlove with her, as always great great work in the skin tones, amazing work as always, I feel such slacker always that I take a look around this fantastic thread, you works like an ant :D

09-12-2006, 07:04 PM
eventough im not quite good at digital art
im in love with your works, keep it up looking forward to seing more:D


09-12-2006, 07:39 PM
wow wow wow
the eye very wonderfull
love the image
very inspirant my lady
and love the tones you use
i am very sad for colors :(
another wonderfull peace

09-12-2006, 08:16 PM
Oh...she looks wicked!! Those eyes! I think I'm in love with her too...:) Everything that comes out of your wacom is just amazing! I'm sooo depressed :cry:

09-13-2006, 07:33 AM
Hello Iridyse!
First of all, thank you for dropping a word on my thread! :) Your kind words made me feel much safer on my skills, aspecially comeing from such a talented person like you!

Your randering is extraordinary! Great sence of values and color. I've voted 5 stars a wile ago, even tho i didn't post my reply :)

i'll deffinetly keep an eye on your thread :)

09-17-2006, 03:40 PM
DigitalSol: Thank you :D You're hardly a slacker, you busy guy! Thanks though, I don't think I painted the skin so well, but I'm pleased with the eyes :)

Revos: Thank you!

Gisaiagami: Thank you very very much!

Kelandra: Thanks! :D I wish I was using a WACOM, heheh. I have one, but I'm saving it up :D

Icey: Hey:) I meant every word I said, I think your sketches are great! :) and thanks!

Ok, I posted this in the Anatomy Lesson Series - Torso thread (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=405198) and my new anatomy/sketchbook thread already, and now here, hehe. It was a torso study, so I haven't painted the limbs really. A copy of Charon Ferrying the Shades by Pierre Subleyras.



09-17-2006, 07:45 PM
Mmm and another!


detail: http://img164.imageshack.us/img164/9882/1093detailtn9.jpg

09-17-2006, 09:16 PM
hey those studies are really good Shreya! Goignto have a go myself as well... read you made yourself a new brush, what programs are you using to paint? :)

09-18-2006, 01:29 AM
What are you using if it's not a wacom?

Nice new work btw.

09-18-2006, 01:40 AM
Hi Shreya!

Wow your anatomy studies are awesome! I like the brush you're using too. Is that a custom brush? And if it is (can I have it please pretty please?) :)
Btw, thanks for the critique on the latest painting. You're so kind :love:


09-18-2006, 05:15 AM
jmBoekestein: Thanks! Actually, it was more like I discovered a brush :D It's a really cool rake brush from the Goro brush set, with its angle set to direction. No matter how much I tried, I just couldn't get the same effect for my own custom brush, so I juust decided to use that one:D I'm using Photoshop CS2 <3

frostblade: I'm using the I ball tablet. It's about 1/3rd the price of the WACOM :D So it's easier for me to just use and abuse (argh already wearing down the nib to dangerous levels). My last tablet was a disaster, by the MGLogic company, with a cord and I used up the nib(metal) so fast. There was a point where I had to pull out the nib, paint about 3 strokes, then pull it out again..etc. *shudders* And thanks:)

Kelandra: Hey!:) Yea, most of them are custom brushes(except for the Goro one, which is custom, but not my own, hehe). I'm waiting for a friend to wake up so he can host the brushes. CGtalk won't let me add it as an attachment (too big). I need to get a membership :-/ and a website of my own... I'll edit this post once I upload it :)

The brushes: http://jerry.isilando.com/stuff/shreya-texbrushes.zip I hope you find it useful :) For Photoshop CS 2 only, sorry :-/

09-21-2006, 09:19 AM
Remember this one? :D I've been meaning to do a tutorial/walkthrough of this image, here are the images for now :)


No overpaint/colour picking/tracing etc etc done. I think it is pretty evident from the steps, but I thought I'd clarify since I was asked that once :) I think the best colour effects come from layering (glazing/scumbling). The images are pretty big, my apologies for that. But I think it was better this way since it is clearer what has been done in each step :)

The steps:

00 (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/5360/gcot00.jpg)

0 (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/82/gcot0.jpg)

1 (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/7175/gcot1.jpg)

2 (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/8941/gcot2.jpg)

3 (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/5862/gcot3.jpg)

4 (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/5617/gcot4.jpg)

5 (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/7026/gcot5.jpg)

6 (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/4899/gcot6.jpg)

7 (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/1900/gcot7.jpg)

8 (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/6941/gcot8.jpg)

09-21-2006, 10:30 AM
We all know that you are absolutely talented but now I've finally had the chance to see all your qualities in these steps.

As usually, looking forward for updates, of course also on rebeccak's workshop :)
Thanks for brushes set, I'll try them this night.


09-21-2006, 01:34 PM
Thank you so much Serena! :) I hope you like the brushes :)

Another torso


09-21-2006, 01:49 PM
i I was to see the tutorial one of pierrot and now I was intrigued with its definition in stage 00 What brush used? opacity + flow? I wanted more details of stage 00, 0, 1, 2 and 3 I sin beside the point in this, to blocar and to refine…

I love the the way of as you distribute the colors of the first stage you tie to refine exactly

if not to bother would very like to learn :love::love::love:

09-21-2006, 02:33 PM
Ah, those are beautiful Shreya! I absolutely adore the Bouguereau copy, and really love those anatomy sketches. Do you use any references for those? Either way, they rock! Looking forward to more from you. :)

09-21-2006, 02:53 PM
Gisaiagami: Here's a link to my texture brush set. There's a hard round brush there which I use for about 95% of the painting. The spacing is set to 1% and the other dynamics option is on, with opacity and flow set to pen pressure :)
I'll write a little more about the stages themselves a little later :)

Blackeri: Thank you so much Marta :) The anatomy studies are a part of the Anatomy Lesson Series -Torso (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=405198&page=1&pp=15). It's a lot of fun and you get to study the works of the masters a little more ;) I hope to see you there!

09-21-2006, 03:05 PM
One I find that necessary to study anatomy. Really its pack of brush is very good and would be thankful if it said to this metodo of 00 more than the 3 :) I am turning your fan :P
I am trying to translate its tutorial one of pierrot for my language to understand better: P I adored it.
A thing that I noticed is q in process 00 you only demarcated a brown area pros eyes. E only molds it of the 2 in ahead.

09-21-2006, 05:22 PM
Hi Iridyse (Shreya :))

I really like the wips...wow, even in the rough stages the lighting looks good. You're so talented and inspiring! Thanks for the brush set too, I downloaded it and going crazy with it ..he he...

Wonderful works on the torso studies too :drool: There's always something hypnotic about your paintings...I keep staring at them every time I see them.

Thanks again for taking the time to do tutorials, wips, and providing brush sets. You're great! :love:


Oh...edited for one more humble request, when you have time, can you give a tutorial on painting drapery? (cuz I love the drapery you did in Quiane and couldn't quite figure out how to do it on my own :sad:

09-21-2006, 05:43 PM
Amazing works, Shreya! Your Boguereau copy left me speechless. And your anatomy sketches are wonderful. It's a pleasure to see your work.
I'll be watching you, I hope to learn more from you. ;)


09-22-2006, 12:39 AM
Remember this one? :D I've been meaning to do a tutorial/walkthrough of this image, here are the images for now :)

you just made my day. :D

09-22-2006, 03:34 PM
Beautiful work Shreya. I absolutely love the torso studies you are doing, and the Bouguereau copy looks fantastic, thanks for posting the steps. The first one especially really taught me something about laying down colors. I wish I had time to practice. Maybe I will soon.

I look forward to seeing more torsos, and perhaps more portraits from you as well.

09-23-2006, 02:05 AM
Hiiri! Such beautiful work. I really love the belly-dancing frog...!

You handle skin tones so beautifully.




09-24-2006, 06:51 PM
Gisaiagami: I'm glad you like the brush, thanks! :) About the portrait, I usually always start that way. I have a rough oval-ish area for the face and I lay in the hollows for the eyes, the shadow below the nose and a patch for the upper lip and a shadow below the lower one. I don't know if it really makes sense though, I do it out of habit.Blocking in the shadow and light just helps one to visualise the 3d-ness of the painting more I think. I prefer to start with the midtone and add darks and lights gradually to shape the features.

Kelandra: Hey Brooke ;) Thank you so so much! You've been doing such fantastic work lately (and a lot of it too, do you even sleep?:P) As for the drapery, I really don't think I understand it well myself. So, it might take a while before I actually feel confident to share what little I know, hehe.

Blessing: Thank you so much! :)

Salubri3i: Haha, and that comment just made mine! Thank you!

Sylanya: Thank you ! I'm really looking forward to seeing your work , you know:)

Cris-Palomino: Wow, thanks a lot! :D

I did this yesterday, but I really didn't feel like(and still don't really) putting this up. That's mainly because, uh, it's rather boring. heheh(man I have to experiment more with interesting lights). But I wanted to see how far I could go in painting a face without reference and while I think I could do more, I got bored :P
I really hate it when I'm painting a random face and it turns out looking like someone(especially when it is a celebrity). While I was on the initial stages of this painting, my sister exclaimed that it looked "soooo much like Victoria Beckham!" Argh, I spent most of the time trying to make this one not look like her. Rather annoying really. My sis also thought that the last blue one looked like Miss Afghanistan, o.O That girl just watches too much tv.

Anyhoo, here it is. I think I might finally have inspiration to start a new piece, fingers crossed! :D


09-25-2006, 05:49 AM
Hi Shreya :)

Beautiful work! I like the skin textures and the subtle hightlights on her face. You did wonderfully without ref. I actually think she looks kinda like you he he...:) I really like the eye, it's so expressive!

Oh yeah, I do sleep...not much though, being a natural born night-owl ever since high school. I got plenty of zzzzz on my lazy weekend though. I just want to keep practice and practice and hopefully someday I'll be as good as you (or..eh...almost as good ;)

I'm actually very excited to see your next painting! I loved the last one, and the one before that...and...I have a whole folder of your stuff you know... :)

Well, wishing you lots of joy painting!

09-25-2006, 09:19 AM
Certain, I understand. Brush used is with hardnesse in 100% and to refine? the same? I find my problem is nose hahahaha o.O
I am trying to apply this method in my last painting. Everything seems until equal except that I used hardness in 0% and the nose. If it will be able to give one looked at later I am thankful

I step by step printed its tutorial of pierrot and this. I find super interesting therefore serves very of tutorial same Debtor therefore I am learning very here. I wait its next beautiful painting


09-25-2006, 02:41 PM
Kelandra: Thank you! I guess she does look like me a bit, hehe. A prettier version of me maybe :P I'm finally excited about the new piece, yay!

Gisaiagami:Hey:) Yes, the opacity is set to 100%, but it is pressure sensitive, so depending on how much pressure I apply to the stylus, the opacity of the stroke changes.I'm glad you like the tutorial:) I'll pass by your thread in a bit :)

Ok, I LOVE Mozart's Requiem, especially "Lacrimosa" So I've been listening to it a lot, and this image popped in my head, hehehe. That, and I've been browsing through images of trees(I thought of doing a dryad, might incorporate that into this image) and I been ogling at the absolutely gorgeous bristlecone pine. So, there's the inspiration:) I think I want her hair to be smoke-like, and entwinted witht he tree. Some lanterns hanging here and there for some sparklyness to the image and butterflies!
I originally had a watercolourish idea for the background( and found some neat Photoshop brushes for it too! Nagel series 40) but seeing how I don't understand that medium at all, I think I'll have to come up with something else.Let's see how far this one goes, haha. I'll start refining it later in the day(night).


09-25-2006, 03:34 PM
Hi Shreya! :)

The tree looks really enchanting! Overall I really like the composition, the white dress versus the reds, and her pose looks good too. Please post updates! :bounce:

Brooke :)

09-25-2006, 04:31 PM
Ah I can't view the last two images =( pinging the host gives me time outs... evil evil *kicks*

09-25-2006, 05:18 PM
Excellent start!
She has got a really tearful expression ( as a matter of facts, Lacrimosa is an italian word that means "tearful").

I love music right for its capacity to transmit feelings and ideas from heart to heart without the use of our common languages.

Looking forward for updates,

09-25-2006, 06:33 PM
Kelandra:Thanks a lot! The space on the right looks a little cropped-ish. I'll change that. Thankies!

Blackeri: Hmm, that's odd. Another friend has the same problem in viewing the images :-/ When's your website coming up? We're all waiting you know :)

CyborgJA: Thank you! I did figure out that the word had something to do with crying ( lacrimal glands etc) but I didn't know it was an italian word.It's so strange, I could never listen to music while painting earlier. I'd listen to it before I started painting to get into the mood, but I couldn't seem to concentrate on the painting if there was music blasting into my ears. I think it was just a matter of picking the correct music for the piece though(I have Mozart and Therion, whee!)

Oh, and those red thingys are NOT hearts, eek. A friend pointed that out and I didn't even see it as that before he did! They are..butterflies ^_^

I need to add some subtle colours here and there, hmm. Any suggestions for the bg would be greatly appreciated! :)

09-25-2006, 09:14 PM
DAmn I can't see them either :cry: , any chance no imageshacking them? Always love your weird ideas.

09-25-2006, 11:37 PM
Ehh... in 18th century Italian was an important language for music here in Europe even if it was on its descendent phase. As you know...things change :shrug:

Yes, I think it's a matter of "defining the right kind of music for painting". As example I always listen to classical one cause it helps me to 'isolate' my mind from my dailytroubles. It's my egg-shell :)

See you soon,

09-26-2006, 06:58 AM
I can't see the pics either!:sad:

09-26-2006, 07:32 AM
Can't see it, maybe you should upload it again so it's on a different server on imageshack.

09-26-2006, 08:34 AM
Oh, Hiiri, I love that last composition! I have a thing for twisting, winding, gnarled trees, too. I look forward to seeing you continue with this one.


09-28-2006, 06:43 PM
Hi ^_^ Well the sketch was quite blah, so you guys are not really missing anything. But just in case you still want to see it, here it is. I changed it all over again, I love the new pose so much more. And it's blue-er too. Yea baby.
newie: soon!

Another quick torso:

Oh..and..I GOT A JOB! yay yay yay!
As a texture painter at Rhythm and Hues, India. I can't wait to start! :bounce:

09-28-2006, 06:53 PM
OMG Congrats on the job!!! Is that Bollywood??! Awesome :)

09-28-2006, 07:02 PM
Thankies! Haha, no, Hollywood. I wish it was Bollywood too, then atleast the hindi movies would look better :P

09-28-2006, 07:53 PM
Cool Wow
that I wait that if he gives very well in its new work :thumbsup:
Its new sketche is wonderful and I to each day adore more.:love:
Same congratulations. The torso was very sexy ;) :applause:

09-28-2006, 07:56 PM
Oh..and..I GOT A JOB! yay yay yay!
As a texture painter at Rhythm and Hues, India. I can't wait to start! :bounce:

Wow congrats! they do some neat stuff!!

and runecaster, no, that's the new trend of outsourcing, loewr costs and same level work (if not better).

Amazing, you really deserve the position, wonder if you'll end up in conceptual departments sooner or later. :D

09-28-2006, 08:02 PM
Gisaiagami: Thank you! :)

jmBoekestein: Yea, they're wonderful! They're working on some really cool films too: http://www.rhythm.com/india/films.html
Whee! :D I'm so excited, my first job EVER!

09-28-2006, 08:08 PM
Yeah looks liike tons of fun! :D Wish you the best. That's a great start I gotta say. :cool:

09-28-2006, 09:11 PM
Your skin tones are fantastic; Give us some tips! :D

09-28-2006, 09:37 PM
jmBoekestein: Thank you very much!!

slickgreekgeo: Haha, hardly :D Mm, I currently love the soft-light mode :D

This sketch is mainly about the pose.I do think I like this one much better. I want her skin to have colder tones with possible warmer highlights, so the ochre-ish bg was really not helping. Since a lot of the bg will be reflected on the skin, I switched to a blue-er one.Composition-wise this isn't really working, but I'll get on it tomorrow. I can't wait to paint the tree, I think I'm more excited about it than the figure, heheh. It will be twisty and gnarled, reflecting her anguish.


09-28-2006, 09:53 PM
OMG estrella this is freaking awesome, very cool paint!!, is gorgeous, I just love the expression the mood, ALL in it is so perfect IMHO, I wish I have your skills, but not is all about the painting skills you are great conceptualizing themes, is awesome already, I hope to see it finished soon, now work for me _cracks whip_

09-28-2006, 11:39 PM
Hi Shreya! :)

wow congrats many many times for the first art job!! :beer:

I love how you developed her figure and the shading on it. The twisting tree and the whole composition reminds me of the Japanese prints. :thumbsup: I can't wait to see your cool wicked tree.

I hope you're still going to be posting here even with a job? (Please ?!)

Brooke :)

09-29-2006, 12:37 AM
congratulations on the new job shreya! that company is lucky to have you. ;)

i'm with brooke. i hope you're still going to show us your inspiring works from time to time. :D

i like the newer version of your old pic. the pose is much nicer too.

09-29-2006, 10:32 AM
Congratulations, and it looks like an awesome job too.

So you'll actually be painting textures for 3D models? I envy you! :cry:

My god, your first job? Worse still, someone with amazing skills like yours? :banghead: Looks like the rest of us jobless ones are gonna have a real rough time getting one ... gulp!

09-29-2006, 01:27 PM
pap pap...
i tooo
but, i am very happy for you my angel ^^..Deserve
the image is very very very nice
congrats a lot...

09-29-2006, 02:10 PM
congrats ! great works you have here:)

09-29-2006, 02:36 PM
Woo! Congrats on your job Shreya! I know how exciting it is to be paid to do art, it's pretty neat. I hope you have lots of fun and make a ton of money. ;)

Great sketch so far. I really like the idea behind it, I can't wait to see more. I shall wait in anticipation.

10-02-2006, 01:27 PM
DigitalSol: Heheh, oh noes, the whip! I can't wait for the Aztec Princess!

Kelandra: Thank you so much! I did have the watercolours in min, but I can't seem to find a single print of trees like this (just want to make sure I'm not doing any subconscious copying of something I have seen ) In fact, I can't find any interesting ones at. I'm still playing with the idea of making the bg more flattish-like a watercolour painting.

Salubri3i: Thank you very much! I'll still be posting here, heheh. Sad girl heads if nothing else:P

pap87: Thank you! Yea, texture painting, whee! It's my first job because it's the first (well second place, don't ask about the first fiasco) place I applied to :D

Gisaiagami: Ah thanks a lot! :)

SamsonsReaper: Whee, thank you so much!

Sylanya: Many many thanks :D I can't wait to get started!

The other image is on hold for now. I wait with bated breath for the new CGtalk challenge. Here's a quick Daily Sketch one, "self portrait as a vampire". Well I'm not pale, and the eye colour is different etc, but..:P

I accidently saved the smaller version of the image. I resized the .psd for the final .jpg and noticed there was a little problem with one part. Proceeded to fix it and saved :( Well, it's just a sketch, I hate it when it happens to finished works(happened to the froggie:-/)


10-02-2006, 02:49 PM
nice work and grats on the job too.

http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/1149/mevampuw5.jpg link doesnt seem to work, even asked a few friends to look and see if the link works :(

Every picture on the 208 server doesn't load.

Can you use the attachment function on the forum? in case imageshack deletes all the goodies there's still attachments.

10-02-2006, 03:01 PM
Hi Shreya!! :)

I really like the vampire self portrait...so fierce yet so pretty as well. I love her necklace! :)
She looks so angry...eep... :) Her pasty skin is just perfect!

About the twisting tree, I think it's very lovely and it only reminds me of the "feel" of looking at a japanese print, I don't think I ever saw one like that in any print lol... :) I'm sorry I made you worry :( :(

I'm very happy every time you post something new though :) :bounce:


10-02-2006, 05:18 PM
Here's Shreya's work hosted on photobucket, can you guys see it now? :)


Frostblade: Hope you can see this ok. Sorry for the stupid message earlier, you can't host it if you don't see it :( I was redesigning some web pages and my brain is elsewhere...sorry!!

10-02-2006, 06:01 PM
frostblade: Thanks:) I edited the link, I had sort of forgotten about Imageshack's issues. Hope you can see it now :)

Kelandra: Aww thank you so much! *hugs* That was supersweet of you.

10-02-2006, 06:07 PM
Hey Shreya, this good looking vampire is just amazing, I just love it, specially dont know if is only me, but I see a special treatment in this one, something that is not in all your works, dont know what it is but I like it and too much, and the eye that we can see is pretty cool, great work I hope you can take it further :D

10-02-2006, 07:22 PM
i see :thumbsup:
ohhhhhhhhhhhh love the red eye...love the red wow wow wow
congrats always for wonderfull picture

10-02-2006, 10:50 PM
great tones here!, i love the nosejob lol, but there is something odd about the face, looks like she walked right into a glass and got squished .Also something about those lipps that isnt quite right.

hope i am not too devastating with the crits :)

10-03-2006, 01:29 AM
Wow, thanks for the rehosting. *save into Iridyse folder
Don't worry about the message hehe.

It's really nice picture :) Love the contrast and details :). Your skins are always so radiant and beautiful!