..too Sweet, Natascha Roeoesli (2D)

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  06 June 2005
..too Sweet, Natascha Roeoesli (2D)

Title: ..too Sweet
Name: Natascha Roeoesli
Country: Greece
Software: Photoshop

Finally finished..
Things learned:
I only need one brush to paint a painting.
Deadlines are a good thing since it keeps me from fiddling with a painting way WAY too long
Learned a bit more about depth in a painting (I think)..
Started with a rough pencil sketch and ended with a different idea then I started with:
It's mostly about how sweet things tend to attract us - or tempt us and we tend to fall for them even though we know they might not be good for us or even dangerous.
Tried to give her a slight bee like look (you know..big eyes, fuzzy hair and of course make her look "sweet and innocent".
Photoshop 7, hard edged brush, Wacom.
Too much time spent on this..way too much distraction..
Hope you enjoy :)
I'll post the close-up set a bit later today.
"Life beats down and crushes the soul, but art reminds you that you have one."

My website

  06 June 2005
very nice kyena~seen this one in the abandoned thread and now its finished!it turns out great~very well rendered overall and love the blur of her hand which creates a great sense of depth.keep this coming*****
  06 June 2005
Brilliant work! I love the concept and the execution. I would like to see the BG have a little more contrast from the figure but it is still a beautiful image.
  06 June 2005
oh...amazing work!
welcome to my site^^
  06 June 2005
What a beautiful painting, Natascha.

The girl's face caught my eye in your avatar, and I'm very pleased to have stumbled upon the full image. The look she's giving the viewer is captivating. If I may say so, this looks like a definite step forward in your work - something about this image seems more solid, more confident than some of your previous pieces that I can call to mind. Your control over the focus in the piece is impressive and very effective in the suggestion of depth. To my eyes, it also gives the pic a photographic feel; I think because the technique is more usually seen in photography than painting. That might almost have been a negative comment, coming from someone who's taste is definately towards the painterly, were there not a strong artistic flair and subtle stylisation to be seen throughout the image - it all hangs together brilliantly. Great job.

...too sweet, indeed.
  06 June 2005
Thumbs up nice detail

waaww nice technique very good composition GREAT JOB
  06 June 2005
Excellent work on the face and hair, especially the eyes - very striking. Great skin tones on her body, and the slight depth of field on her hand adds to it. My only crit is that her lips seem a little lacking in detail compared to the sharpness of her eyes.

A great pic either way
  06 June 2005
ms@zx: tehehe yeah - I got quite a few feedback about that piece and people pushing me to finish it (which was a good thing I guess - I had almost given up on it). And thank you - I still need to properly execute the depth but I guess it was a ok start
(love your new avatar btw).

Basho: Thank you - I agree on the BG. I changed the painting into b/w in Photoshop yesterday evening and noticed that it lacks a bit of variation.

Ashakarc: thanks a lot ^^

Jody: muchas gracias :]

Matt: I am very flattered you think so and you are definately right. Even though I need to still learn so much composition and rendering wise as well as color management and well - everything really, this felt more compact and and as "one" then my other paintings. I noticed that everyone was commenting on the depth field as "photographic element" which seemed odd to me at first since I didn't come to tink of it that way. I guess it is because I have been growing up with two parents - both professional photographers and thus this way of looking at a frozen glimps of reality stuck with me.
Thanks so much for the compliment too and grats again on your prize in the M&S Challenge

Tomas: thank you ^^

Andy: now that you meantion them..I agree. Specially since the face looks so overly crisp here on cgtalk (they run the images through a filter I guess?). Somehow the contrast between her body and the face got a bit extreme all of a sudden. Thanks for the comment :]

(And gosh - I always struggly with not using too many smilies..there are way too few ways of expressing a smiley face and not get the icons here..)
"Life beats down and crushes the soul, but art reminds you that you have one."

My website

Last edited by Kyena : 06 June 2005 at 08:28 AM.
  06 June 2005
I've already said what I think of this Tascha, so I won't wibble on... but beautiful!
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  06 June 2005
Very nice image.
  06 June 2005
Very beautiful image, like the face.

  06 June 2005
Thanks again very much for all the comments guys

Here are some more or less interesting close-ups.
Also I did threw together a rough progress file (someone called me a really unpredictable painter and I think that couldn't be more true...also I am known for a really bad workflow and this image as a core example of how bad I was been planning this out..)

On a brighter note though..after this I started to really sketch my concepts out and guess what: it helps!
The last three illustrations turned out much better overall wise imo however I can't show them right now since they are copyrighted by Fantasy Flight Games and I will be able to share them at earliest around mid August (and I actually painted guys and other stuff not belonging to my "save" spot - go figure

Anyway, before I start babbling more:
You can take a look at the steps here if you are interested (heavy zip file)

"Life beats down and crushes the soul, but art reminds you that you have one."

My website

  06 June 2005
Ah! Photographer parents, eh? That explains it...
  06 June 2005
Now thats really nice DoF you got there. My only imaginatory complain is that her bee outfit is kinda to sharp (in the terms of image sharpness :] ) for me. But its jus me :P
Thats 5stars thing
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