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  05 May 2006
Red face Brooke's Sketchbook

So finally I decided to have a sketch thread (very much inspired by Hiiri and Frostblade )
I want to spend time practicing and producing sketches, no rushing! I have been experimenting with Painter IX lately and really love the painterly effect that it has.

Here's my first sketch in Painter

Tips are always welcomed

Last edited by Shadowbrooke : 05 May 2006 at 03:35 PM.
  05 May 2006

Very nice portrait. I really like the fullness in her lips. I think skin has more saturated darks though. For the lips I've noticed that the inner edges usually are slightly redder.

And remember to keep flipping the image horizontally, it really helps!

Can't wait to see more!
  05 May 2006
wow thank you Hiiri for all the tips! As you can see I was inspired by your Motheaten colors..he he...I will work harder on the skin tones. Thank you!!
  05 May 2006
great use of the neutral/ warmer yellow tones. Skin tone seems fine, according to my certain lack of experience, but it would indeed be interesting to see it with a moth toned..if that somewhat means a lighter, moonlit shade of skintones...then that might play off well with the bronzy feel of the rest of the composition.
  05 May 2006
Never knew I could be part of an inspiration to anyone

I don't know painter that well but it's got some very nice brushes for experimenting and very niffty blending tools.

Keep up the good work.
  05 May 2006
Thank you for the encouragement Here's a very very rough version of what I'm working on. Hm..I used ref but I changed her face angle so she wasn't staring back at me (eep). Any critique is welcomed.

Thanks to Hiiri for her example of the hand, I tried to do my own hand with the tones I have. Started in Painter but caved into Photoshop because it's easier for me to work the details on the face and blending there.

  05 May 2006
This is a promising start I just have one question - where is the light source? Just curious can't wait to see more on this one.
"Convention is like the shell to the chick, a protection till he is strong enough to break it through.Ē



  05 May 2006
Lovely start Kelandra. The hand is looking very nice, reds and all The length of the fingers seems a little wrong though, the little finger is longer that it should ideally be.
Is that a mirror? Her dress doesn't match up
  05 May 2006
some updates

Here's some WIP for the painting

Changed her face angle for match the reference since the last face angles looks stiff to me. Ah well.

Then I worked some more on her hand...adding nails and all that...I still have a lot of trouble painting hands :( But I'm trying!!

And this is the face close-up. I use both Painter and Photoshop to paint (mostly Photoshop )

And above is the reference photo I used.
Thanks for viewing!!!

Last edited by Shadowbrooke : 06 June 2006 at 03:48 PM.
  05 May 2006
Wonderful, wonderful job! Congratulations!
  05 May 2006
Wow, you have improved so much since the sketch.

The face and hair are really good
  05 May 2006
Hi, thank you Hiiri and Frostblade. Means so much to me to hear comments from you. Really encouraging!! I'll work harder next time.
  06 June 2006
New work

Well...this is my new painting. Just thought I'd stick it in here for fun Any advice regarding the painting or techniques are deeply appreciated. Thank you and hope you like this work. It's called "Lady of the Lake." She's the keeper of Excalibur. I used Waterhouse' works for inspirations (makes me work harder )

  06 June 2006
The colour scheme is very nice
Love the evironment too.
Very nice work.

Few crits for improvement:
Her head seems a bit small for the body....or she's got really big fingers and long torso. Chin might be a bit too pointy...not sure bit small to see.
The sword is floating? if she's holding it up she's going to have nasty cuts on her wrist.
Might need some shadow on the under part of the legs so she looks more connected to the ground and enviroment.
  06 June 2006
more work...

Thank you Frostblade so much for your advice I fixed the head proportion and the position of the sword. Added some stuff and blend the skin tones some more. As always, critiques are always welcomed.

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