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    Photoshop help?

    I've taken ALL day with this portrait. Had to fix things, trying to learn how to use photo shop...

    I worked with a computer with a mirror beside me, front of the computer. Made an overly too bold attempt to do a value study of my face. Well, I thought I'd learned a lot anyway.

    I've studied Loomises Planes to help me paint my face. (Maybe I should of done some thumbnails, constructional line studys/more planning before I jumped in...)

    I used round brushes, I have not explored all the other brushes yet.

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    I'm still critiquing it right now I need to use bigger brushes on Upper part of the socket in the right eye, a darker tone on the left nostril to push the bulb of my nose further out like a sculpture... Mouth needs refining but not too Much since focal point is my right eye, Need to clean up right eye .... Blah blah blah.

    Oh alas, I was not all doing-a-study-that-takes-day. It a simple, FOUNDATIONAL STUDIES, that was like in 1 or 2 hours, yesterday.

    There where these pleasing Baby steps... Like eyes, My cast In pretty tinted monochromatic cool and warm lights! The mass study made me understand.

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    Basically, I've got questions concerning my obsession over this photoshop.

    Should I continue my self portrait, Or continue with baby steps like those fondational mass paintings I just showed?

    Or should I Just continue with even tiny baby steps with graphite? (Don't worry, I still do them... A lot.)

    Any principles/tactics that i need to understand that would help work more efficiently in photoshop?

    (Want referece of my head for that self portrait? I'll try an set it up how I saw it, as soon as I return.)
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    I've done some studys. These sketches are trying to see the structure of my face.

    I tried to devolop my portrait some more...

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    Last edited by Fitzin; December 24th, 2008 at 11:34 AM. Reason: Oh crap RESIZE!
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    You need some more crisp and defined edges and darker darks. I find it easier to work with photoshop when I think of my drawing as a sculpture as I build it up.

    You can work on whatever you want to as long as you learn from it, just don't overwhelm yourself. The self portrait seems like a good start to me. I started by working from pictures, trying to get the same tones in grey scale from a color photo, and now.. I'm trying the much more monstrous using color with photoshop...

    Good luck!
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    Photoshops power is in someways matched with it's unfriendliness to new users of it. While the options might be a bit overwhelming, painting with PS doesn't have to be incredibly painful. Just keep in mind that it is a new medium, and thus it's going to take some time to get used to it. I worked as a self-taught photo-restoration artist with PS fixing minor things for years, but it still takes me twice as long to paint digitally with a tablet than it takes me to do work free-hand because I simply don't have the same amount of practice.
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