Charlize Theron - Aeon Flux

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  02 February 2006
Charlize Theron - Aeon Flux

I never saw this movie but I think she looks really cool.

Here is the reference image:

Here is the starting sketch:

Here, some color:

And finally some more on the face:

I am using Corel Painter 8, custom brush and soft blender stump. Any comments/criticism is always appreciated. Thanks for looking!
  02 February 2006
Awesome! I have yet to draw a human digitally But then again, i'm not really that good at drawing figures >__<

Keep up the good work!

  02 February 2006
Close-up screencap

I am still working a bit more on the face. Here is a screencap at 100%:

I'm not quite sure how I should continue the painting. Should I finish up the rest of the parts of skin, or should I do the hair and work my way down? Should I do everything on separate layers? Any advice would be appreciated.
  02 February 2006
That's a nice start. How you work the painting will depend entirely on what you're comfortable with. However, one thing I would suggest is to block the entire thing in loosely before you start refining. Don't get stuck in the rut of detailing one part to perfection, and leaving the rest loose (or worse, untouched). Try to work on the entire painting as a whole, instead of focusing on one area, basically, so the end result looks like a composition, rather than a collection of finely-detailed bits and pieces.

As for layers, as said, that would depend on what you're comfortable with. Depending on my mood, I sometimes work with multiple layers, but typically I tend to keep the number of layers low (partly for performance reasons, and partly for purposes of "flow"; it starts getting confusing when you have too many layers, and I tend to end up painting on the wrong layers). Other times I simply paint on a single layer. The benefits of using layers wisely, though, is that you can perform color adjustments much more easily. For example, if you have the bodysuit, skin, eyes, and hair each on separate layers, you could easily tweak the contrast or hue on the skin, without affecting the rest.

One thing I tend to do a lot when I'm just trying things out in a painting, is to drop in a new layer, paint something, and if I like how it's going, I'll merge it down to the main painting. Makes experimentation much less harrowing an endeavor.

Last edited by LoTekK : 02 February 2006 at 09:47 AM.
  02 February 2006
Thank you LoTekK for your advice, I'll definitely take that into consideration. It's true that since my face is the favorite part of a painting, I like to start with it first, but then it seems like the rest of the image isn't as high quality as the face. Blocking in sounds like a very good idea. I'll try to post more updates soon!
  02 February 2006
Ok, I took LoTtekK's advice and decided to block in a bit more of the body. Here is a screencap thus far:

I decided to work all on one layer (besides the canvas layer) because I like simplicity and a lot of the time I find that the different parts don't look smooth together when they are on different layers... also my computer is rather slow :P

I think the head looks a little big right now but it seems to fit fine in the sketch, maybe when a little bit more of the body is painted I will really be able to see. Thanks you guys for your support!!
  02 February 2006
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