Strange Behavior (Illustration) Entry: Filipe Laurentino

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Old 08 August 2007   #16
Line Art or Model: little update - body 2

just a little update!
body, arms and toy.

as always .... still have a lot of things to try making better.
"Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around."


Old 08 August 2007   #17
I think working up the shadows and highlights on the kids face would help add more of a 3d feel, looing a little flat right now

Old 09 September 2007   #18
thanks for the tip
i'll try something about that
Old 09 September 2007   #19
Line Art or Model: fixing

hi there

few changes in the boy!!!
i try some hair .... god, how difficult is this!!! ... i just cant find the right brush, the right lighting, the right haircut (as u can see i changed it .... i thought that a good boy haircut would be better for the scene, for the "misterious" kid)
i worked the highlights and shadows in the face
i putted some light, like coming from the back_right ..... i will probably change it with the complete scene

the boy is not really finished but i'll start the alien now .... i think i can make faster now ... i hope i can do it faster .... i have to ^^
"Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around."


Old 09 September 2007   #20
Line Art or Model: alien beginning

i started the alien
don't have much to say about it ... i just tried to put some volume .... i still have so much to do ... or trying to do ^^
"Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around."


Old 09 September 2007   #21
Line Art or Model: alien body, etc

oh MY!!!
i flipped the image and discovered how incorrect is this drawing =(
i fixed a few things ... but still not good.
here is what i'll do now:
i will make the details in the alien.
i'll flip again to correct the rest of mistakes.
i'll fix the colors and lighting.
and then i'll make the background.

i hope i have time .... the end is coming!!!
"Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around."


Old 09 September 2007   #22

darn ... we have something in common .. rush! .. the end is coming!! even im struggling to finish my entry

by the way .. this is pretty good .. u can try and add some texture to the alien's body ..
on the other hand .. me will wait to see your next update

cheers dude!
.. vision is the art of seeing things invisible.
[ Project amphibia WIP ]
Old 09 September 2007   #23
Thumbs up

Hi Laurentino! You are doing pretty well here with your alien pic!

Is good that you flipped it, It helps lots! I have to say I took the liberty to paste your image in Photoshop and flipped it to see. that one you fixed already I don't see it so bad, I do that all the time with my work and most of the time the eyes are un aligned and the heads kinda point to the left, I don't know if this happened to you, But I'd suggest to keep working in 'flipped' until you feel you fixed the most of it, but keep flipping back to see it looks good both ways.

I was wondering if you started with a black background and then added lights, It looks like you did because your shadows tend to become grayish, which kills pastel colors like skin too easily, I suggest that first you boost the saturation of your whole image a bit, then grab an airbrush brush at, say... 30% opacity and add more color in the zones where light and shadow meet, lets say a good brown in the hue of orange for the skin, and so, don't be afraid to try many hues of green for the alien skin, it could be more even more yellowish in the features of the face or at the ends of tentacles, who knows what color are they anyway? but, hey! lets also check the light source....

You used a light from the left, but also a back light from the right, which creates some sort of aura around the kid (he has light borders at booth sides) that is a good choice since it makes the kid stand up against the busy tentacle shapes, but you have to justify that light when you render the background so it'll feel more natural, also, for this kind of image and it's dark background you could use a colored backlight, it will be less strong than the main light source and also more easy to tell from each other, so it doesn't appear that the kid has an outer glow.
As for the face there's nothing better than googling for smiling kid pictures and grab some of this and some of that, your main problem is with the shadow under the cheeks, that you need to add so the face won't look flat, also shape the chin (As you can see you have no shadow under it). Your firs post of the head (the darker one) Is actually real good, It even has greenish hues on the skin, that helps for natural look, and his expression is clearer in my opinion, again, the cheeks don't have much volume, but you could borrow from the way you applied the shadow on that one and improve it with photo reference.

The backlight effect on the hair is very good, and that's not easy to do. if you want to improve it, again your best bet is photo reference, and variation of hues (maybe a gentle amber shine on the right part).

I hope this helps a bit, see you around!!
Old 09 September 2007   #24
ye neville
the time don't wait for us .... it's sad .... but it's something to motivates to end it .... to proof to ourselves that we can do =)

thanks a lot for the tips ..... your post will help a lot =)
what u said about the eyes unaligned and the head .... it's exactly what happens .... im still learning to flip my drawings to see these problems.
i started with a dark background .... almost black ^^ .... i did it because i always started with light backgrounds and now im trying to change .... i think it's better use a darker one but im still getting use to it.
i always had problems with colors ... i think im better now ..... but i never tried a complex lighting before .... now i see how difficult is it.
i used a photo reference for the kid..... my little cousin .... but he wasn't smiling ...... i have to look for it .... u are totally right =)
now i will try everything u said ..... thanks a lot =)
Old 10 October 2007   #25
Line Art or Model: kid update

i made some changings in the kid.
i tried to follow the sugestions of Gabriel Vera .... i found a very nice picture of a child smiling and changed the mouth .... i tried to fix the meeting of shadows and lights .... i flipped a lot to make the less weird as possible on the flipped view .... the chin has shadows now ^^ .... and i also changed the eyes ... and i think it's better now.
i hope i have some update in this weekend =)
see ya
"Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around."


Old 10 October 2007   #26
Line Art or Model: little update - all

a little uptade!

.... still have a lot of work ....
"Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around."


Old 10 October 2007   #27
Line Art or Model: alien_texture

i'm trying some texturing in the tentacles!
this is quite difficult!
does anybody has some tips? =)
"Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around."


Old 10 October 2007   #28
Line Art or Model: more texturing

i made the tentacles ....and now i'm going to the body and face!
i'll probably back to the tentacles ... but i decide to carry on the painting because the time is running!

Last edited by laurentino : 10 October 2007 at 11:34 PM.
Old 10 October 2007   #29

did you use scattered brushes? they are great for these effects, at least the base and then you add some volume.... some sine would make those spots a bit raised and slimy......
Old 10 October 2007   #30
Line Art or Model: still texturing!

i didn't know how to work the body ... then i remembered the tutorial made by Goro Fujita on his thread about patterns ... and i solved to try.
i think it works .... what do you think??
thank you Goro for sharing your knowledge =)
i'm still thinking how to work the face and the hands!

Gabriel ... thanks again for helping me!
but i don't know if i understand well (sorry, i'm still learning english^^)... when you say SINE ... is it something like curves?? waves? ... like the reflection of the skin?? i'll try this anyway .. but if i'm wrong about you said... please let me know =)
and i used a scattered brush ... i'm still tring to find a good one for this!

well ... i'll keep going .... we have two more days after today
"Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around."


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