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05 May 2006, 03:18 PM
So finally I decided to have a sketch thread (very much inspired by Hiiri and Frostblade :) )
I want to spend time practicing and producing sketches, no rushing! I have been experimenting with Painter IX lately and really love the painterly effect that it has.

Here's my first sketch in Painter :)

Tips are always welcomed :)

05 May 2006, 03:32 PM

Very nice portrait. I really like the fullness in her lips. I think skin has more saturated darks though. For the lips I've noticed that the inner edges usually are slightly redder.

And remember to keep flipping the image horizontally, it really helps!

Can't wait to see more!

05 May 2006, 03:39 PM
wow thank you Hiiri for all the tips! As you can see I was inspired by your Motheaten colors..he he...I will work harder on the skin tones. Thank you!! :)

05 May 2006, 12:45 AM
great use of the neutral/ warmer yellow tones. Skin tone seems fine, according to my certain lack of experience, but it would indeed be interesting to see it with a moth toned..if that somewhat means a lighter, moonlit shade of skintones...then that might play off well with the bronzy feel of the rest of the composition.

05 May 2006, 01:32 AM
Never knew I could be part of an inspiration to anyone :)

I don't know painter that well but it's got some very nice brushes for experimenting and very niffty blending tools.

Keep up the good work.

05 May 2006, 03:31 PM
Thank you for the encouragement :) Here's a very very rough version of what I'm working on. Hm..I used ref but I changed her face angle so she wasn't staring back at me (eep). Any critique is welcomed.

Thanks to Hiiri for her example of the hand, I tried to do my own hand with the tones I have. Started in Painter but caved into Photoshop because it's easier for me to work the details on the face and blending there.

05 May 2006, 04:01 PM
This is a promising start :) I just have one question - where is the light source? Just curious :) can't wait to see more on this one.

05 May 2006, 04:11 PM
Lovely start Kelandra. The hand is looking very nice, reds and all :) The length of the fingers seems a little wrong though, the little finger is longer that it should ideally be.
Is that a mirror? Her dress doesn't match up :D

05 May 2006, 03:32 PM
Here's some WIP for the painting :)

Changed her face angle for match the reference since the last face angles looks stiff to me. Ah well.

Then I worked some more on her hand...adding nails and all that...I still have a lot of trouble painting hands :( But I'm trying!!

And this is the face close-up. I use both Painter and Photoshop to paint (mostly Photoshop :))

And above is the reference photo I used.
Thanks for viewing!!!

05 May 2006, 04:09 PM
Wonderful, wonderful job! Congratulations!

05 May 2006, 03:52 AM
Wow, you have improved so much since the sketch.

The face and hair are really good :thumbsup:

05 May 2006, 03:48 PM
Hi, thank you Hiiri and Frostblade. Means so much to me to hear comments from you. Really encouraging!! I'll work harder next time. :)

06 June 2006, 03:50 AM
Well...this is my new painting. Just thought I'd stick it in here for fun :) Any advice regarding the painting or techniques are deeply appreciated. Thank you and hope you like this work. It's called "Lady of the Lake." She's the keeper of Excalibur. I used Waterhouse' works for inspirations (makes me work harder :))

06 June 2006, 08:49 AM
The colour scheme is very nice :thumbsup:
Love the evironment too.
Very nice work.

Few crits for improvement:
Her head seems a bit small for the body....or she's got really big fingers and long torso. Chin might be a bit too pointy...not sure bit small to see.
The sword is floating? if she's holding it up she's going to have nasty cuts on her wrist.
Might need some shadow on the under part of the legs so she looks more connected to the ground and enviroment.

06 June 2006, 11:47 PM
Thank you Frostblade so much for your advice :) I fixed the head proportion and the position of the sword. Added some stuff and blend the skin tones some more. As always, critiques are always welcomed. :)

06 June 2006, 02:43 PM
Your skin tones have hugely improved from your last piece. I really like the hair too. I think the torso is long though, but there is nothing else I can really pick out of this picture that needs fixing.
Excellent work on the background by the way.

Keep up the good work!

06 June 2006, 02:47 AM
I posted a comment here yesterday but it seems to have fallen thru the cracks of cyberspace. :scream:

Your recent work looks really good. I only have two things. The first is that her right hand(seen on our left) has this sort of ethereal effect and second is that the sword doesn't seem solid enough as metal... it comes off to me as though it's made of ice or glass. Then again it might just be me and I could be talking absolute rubbish. Which I tend to do with only 3 hours of sleep. :D

You've been doing really great here. I'll subscribe. ;)

06 June 2006, 11:26 PM
Hello :)

pap87: thank you. I really appreciate your comments and critique! I'll pay more attention to torso proportion for my next painting.

Salubri3i: Thank you for your critique! The sword was meant to look like so...I don't know why...I just kind of imagine it like that in my mind.

Here's my new sketch, I studied Morgan Weistling's palette from "Sierra Blue Hat"; I didn't really copy it exactly as I just wanted to learn how to use all the colors. Oh, I also played around with Hiiri's brush. (Thank you Hiiri, you rock!)

06 June 2006, 05:52 PM
just some more doodles with this sketch...

06 June 2006, 11:49 AM
The shape of the head was nicer in the second last one. You added a bit too much hair on the top of the head in the last one, but the detailing of the hair is very nice.

This is just my taste but the skin looks kinda dirty because of the colours you use to darken it. I think they could be a bit more saturated in the areas where it blends from light to dark, especially in the neck. You may disregard this completely if you disagree.

The girl looks very nice overall.
Keep up the hard work!:thumbsup:

06 June 2006, 03:26 PM
This is a new work called "Priestess". Pap87: Thank you for your critique :)

06 June 2006, 07:25 PM
Sorry for the double post....editing problems :(

06 June 2006, 07:29 PM
Nice work, a little bit too blurry though. I think that her chin should be slightly bigger :) Nice expression!

06 June 2006, 05:08 AM
I painted this forest as the background for the new painting. I'm adding the figure foreground elements later in the process. I like this forest a lot so just want to preserve the forest itself alone without the figure.

06 June 2006, 04:10 PM
Added figure and rough ideas for composition. (Sigh) However, the butterflies design on the head looks a bit I'll change it later.

06 June 2006, 02:56 PM
I worked on the details of the face. Hm..have to go back and add blond hair highlights later. Got rid of the butterfly head-dress.

06 June 2006, 03:27 PM
The forest's texture, colours and feel look pretty good. On the other hand, it looks rather flat. It might be a real pain to try to correct it at this stage, but perhaps with the figure in it it shouldn't prove too troublesome. I'd recommend adding a larger bark on her right, so that it looks like the trees are surrounding her, and are not simply aligned behind her.

The other thing is the hair (I notice it's the same in your other pictures, too). For a quick tip, I'd say think in terms of large masses rather than individual hairs, because this tends to make hair looks somewhat stringy, matted or unhealthy. For more info on this, Linda Bergkvist has an excellent tutorial on hair, you should check it out. :)

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