Of Fairies and Dragons, Michelle Boulad (2D)

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  11 November 2006
Of Fairies and Dragons, Michelle Boulad (2D)

Title: Of Fairies and Dragons
Name: Michelle Boulad
Country: Australia
Software: Painter

This is a painting from a few months ago that I've just revised. I thought it was a bit too dark, and wanted to change a few things...clean up here, softer there, more detail in some areas.

These are eastern gippsland water dragons and fairybelle orchids, both natives of eastern Australia. I'm not sure of the name of the butterflies, but we often see them close to water, on the banks of rivers and such.
  11 November 2006
Wow! I love how you've done the foliage! Did you use a custom brush for that or did you paint the leaves individually?
  11 November 2006
Hi James, thanks for your comment

I painted them individually; to be honest I'm not really sure what you mean by a custom brush for the leaves (sorry I'm not much of a techie lol) I've tried playing with the brush creator with only minimal success and tend to stick to the brushes that came with Painter.
  11 November 2006
Beautiful image, you have a very distinct style.

The only tiny little thing I could think of to make it even more powerful, it could use a little more contrast, more light, e.g. like the "Gibraltar Falls" image from your Gallery (very beautiful as well ^_^). That one has awsome lighting.

Just my humble opinion, great work anyways.
  11 November 2006
Ah! Yeah! In Photoshop the Brush Creator in Painter is called Custom Brush Preset, but it's the same thing! I think!
  11 November 2006
Thanks Sorcha, I think you're right. I seem to have lost the contrast on the middle waterdragon and the rock he's standing on, probably when I lightened the work. Well, it couldn't hurt to play around with it some more

Rudd, thanks for answering...yep, that's what I thought. I did make some brushes once for working fur on an animal, but to be honest I wasn't happy with the mechanical look it gave. I guess it wouldn't hurt to play around with the brush creater again at some point I like working as though it were traditional, though, at least for now.
  11 November 2006
my hand and wrist ache for you on all those beautiful leaves! This is quite exquisite upon inspection - beautifully rendered and very well done. Thank you for sharing!
"Convention is like the shell to the chick, a protection till he is strong enough to break it through.



  11 November 2006
Thanks Runecaster I'm the official 'jar opener' in my house, painting builds strong hand lol
  11 November 2006
Beautiful! Wonderful colours and detailwork
Stina Wiik
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  11 November 2006
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