your values look a lot better
Everything is permitted
Love the portraits. And about your life studies. i am amazed how you start with so many scribbles and then define it properly. Looks good . there is this red color scheme you use in the portraits which is giving a soft and warm look. I am digging it. Really good stuff. keep them coming
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Gorgeous portraits! I love the circular composition too, I've seen very few people do it.
How are you getting these commissions if you don't mind me asking?
continue: Just doing them for friends and friends of friends on facebook. I have people e-mail me a picture and I send them a payment request on PayPal and they get a high resolution file that they can print off and distribute at their own leisure. It's taken off quite nicely! I really enjoy portraiture too, so it's not a bad gig. It's paying the bills
Love the colors in this one. I feel like the hood could be more defined, but that that may just be me.
I think maybe a black and white portrait should be my next project, since color confuses me a bit too much right now.
lots of lovely portraits here, really nice to just flick through the pages and see consistency. One thing - the baby is nice, but maybe has a bit of a grown up look?
I wasn't sure when looking at it. Wonderful hair though!
Do you always start with black an white?
Great job on the last portrait!
Here are some dogs!!
jorvaa Try playing with brush opacities. The 1-0 keys on your keyboard will set the opacity to numbers that are ten times a given number. For example 1 is 10% opacity and 5 is 50% opacity. This is really vital to my technique. Use lower opacities to blend and higher opacities to render and give weight to your brush strokes. I can see what you mean with the hood, by the way.
Jansi The baby is two or three, so not a newborn or anything ;P More of a toddler, but a baby in my eyes. And yes, I always start black and white to establish values and then I use color overlays after that.
Loved the baby
Keep it up!
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Haha, thanks for the explanation. Sounds like a sweet gig indeed. Love the lighting/color on the Santa man >___<, must be the creepiest Santa Claus costume if that's what it is.
the dogs are look almost realistic
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continue Haha, thank you my friend. It's actually Justin Vernon from the band Bon Iver. But it seems a lot more awesome when you think of him as Santa! Give them a listen!
Udonhead Yeah, they were a little weird to paint. I've never painted dogs before, so I just used the principles I'd normally use to draw hair
Here's another lady friend! I'll stitch together the process shots from this one.
cool portraits! especially the bon iver one is a killer.
only thing i could crit is that some portraits seem a little bit blurry (the baby and new one for example). when you compare the portrait in #155 (which i also really really like) and the new one for example: you handled the hair soo nice in #155 and in the new one the hair seems super soft everywhere, even directly in the center of your focus: the eyes are quite sharp and the hair that's next to it is already super soft, which is kinda distracting. i hope its clear what i mean...
but this is just my newbie opinion. i really like your stuff and style.keep them coming!
Nice work again, love the last portrait.
Not sure if it's actually the case, might just be the contrast tricking the eyes but on that painting on the dogs, there seems to be a tiny red-pinkish glow around the tongue.
I really like your soft coloring style! Looks very gloomy and luminescent
However, the shadows often are a bit dull. You should try to use Color balance/Curves or straight up paint to get some color into the darker areas.
Also, don't get too messy with the outlines or your work will look to blurry
Keep up the good work!
Here's a portrait I did as a header for my girlfriend's blog. It's going to be displayed at a much lower resolution, so I wasn't overly-concerned with clarity and blending.
Edit: agh, I forgot to clear some of the brush work outside of the circle. At least I'm spotting it before it goes live on her site
I'm digging these portraits! You use such soft and vibrant colors in your paintings. Nice sketch book
Annie Clark of St. Vincent, steal my heart...
This was a personal project, so I put a bit more work into it and took some stuff you guys have said into consideration. Hopefully it shows!
EDIT: Posted this on reddit and it's received quite a response! I also learned that St. Vincent is Annie Clark's stage name, not the name of a band she plays in. TIL I'm an idiot, haha.
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Very nice expression on the last one.
You are improving fast, and that's great! I found the original photo for the last drawing
just out of interest and you've done it real justice by completely changing the feel.
By the way, to avoid brushstrokes outside the circle, just make sure you make a mask of
it on a top layer and lock the layer - no need to worry ever again!
Keep up the good work,
Topcross Thanks! Always appreciate your comments :] Sorry I haven't stopped by your sb lately! I've been intensely busy lately so whenever I sit down on conceptart I just post on my page and head back to work on stuff.
Jansi Is there any way to do that while saving it as a transparent .png file? I've been saving these so that there's no square border around them. Normally what I do to get rid of the brushstrokes is just ctrl+click the circle layer, ctrl-shift-I (inverted selection) and delete everything outside of the circle on each layer. But then I'll see something I want to touch up and forget to do that again, haha. Also, thank you for the compliment concerning the reference photo. I was going for a more 50's feel because I've always thought her features lend themselves to the retro.
I'm posting the reference image in case anyone's interested:
very nice and lovely portraits
but i think you forgot the right ear in your last piece O.o
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The last piece is really good. I agree with Jansi, you're really improving fast, congratulations!
About the circle...
I didn't understand what you said by doing this when creating a transparent png. I'm not sure of what software do you use for your paintings, but this trick works for more than one.
Let's say you have a work like this.
Place all the layers you have inside a folder, use the selection tool to select the area that you want to show, select the folder and add a mask.
Done! You can add layers, change the others, etc, without worries, you only have to keep them inside the masked folder. To keep the rest transparent create the background of your painting in a new layer (or ctrl+c ctrl+v the other), place inside the group and delete the default one, this locked layer at this SS.