Portrait Of Erica, Christine Kotlark (2D)

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  09 September 2005
It looks like she was photographed with a flash. As for the lines, it seems a little sharp around the edges. One thing I like though is the pic forces you to focus on the eyes. I guess that's why it is the eye that you see on the FRONT PAGE, WOOT! Good job.
  09 September 2005
Originally Posted by Niklas Collin: The automatic sharpening CGTalk adds to all images kills your image, the one behind the link is a lot better.

I very much agree with Nik on this. I had thought the image I see above as being pretty darn good, but the link is more phenomenal. Much softer and the blends are better.

I shrug and shake my head at giving you nit-picky, anal-retentive critique on this. You've done far above exceptional. Understandablly, you wanted a normal pic of your daughter, a model for your witch series. I can totally understand having the photo ref for such a deed. I couldn't see myself doing a pic of my loved one without a ref. The imagination and memory serves well for phantasy, but may distort your perception on how your daughter really looks. But, as Ragdoll had mentioned,
Quote: "how about using that skill and create a character from your imagination and not a photo...it would be great to see what you could come up with"
I, too, would love to see what your imagination portrays.
Great job, Chrissy.

  09 September 2005
very nice rendering. I like how you paint her hair especially.
I think it's ok to paint from photo but the problem with this photo is that it looks like a front lighting situation, from flash or whatever, making her face very flat. And you carry over that flatness to your painting.
  09 September 2005
Thanks again for the great feedback! Here is the reference photo for those interested ( my daughter would kill me if she knew I posted this lol) http://vizualthoughts.com/Ericaref.JPG
The porous texture was achieved with the course spray brush in Painter, a technique I learned from Jennifer Rodriguez (Baybeestar)

Last edited by ChrissyKotlark : 09 September 2005 at 07:14 PM.
  09 September 2005
That is excellnet.
I think the detail opn the pores has to be softened just a bit. I think there is too much contrast.
Over all tho it is so good, amazing lighting.

Whad up. Keep it up.
  09 September 2005

nice style, nice work.

the colors and details are amazing!
Ich bin angehender deutscher KŁnstler.
Mit Chaos, Wahnsinn und Kreativitšt bin ich genug versorgt, mir fehlt nur Training.
  09 September 2005
Thumbs up

that nice
  09 September 2005
Very very nice
  09 September 2005
Thumbs up

Hey Christine Awesome work! You've achieved wonderful texture and such a great 3d feel Her skin tones and your choice of colors for the background and hair show what you can do with such a simple ref photo Very Purr-T-full, love it!
  09 September 2005
Good work

Oh Sing Me a Song of Your Misery

  09 September 2005
wow you have done a great job with this and from what I can see the painting has virtually been created from scratch because the reference image is a huge step away from the finished work!
  09 September 2005
Nice image! The lighting look a little too flat (maybe it's too from the front) , but other than that it's very well done.

Keep the great work!
AlÍ Camargo
Director / Producer
  09 September 2005

Wow!!! You are an incredble artist. Looking at your web page really shows your skills evolving with each picture.

Your skin texture is amazing!!!
  09 September 2005
This is beautiful! Just wanted to say that before I added two small crits because overalll its really great. I think the contrast of the pores is too high, it looks great but is too pronounced. And if you added a few more highlights to the eyes they would look less flat, considering the high contrast of the flash-like lighting in the rest of the pic. If those two changes it would be perfect!!
*D* in the house!
  09 September 2005
lighting is not so good but the painting, the colors, the realization and your daughter are all beautiful
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