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    Buffichar, she does have legs. Iím using Serif DrawPlus X2, itís a vector programme. Yes, I know itís not the way to use vectors, but I didnít know that when I got the programme and it works for me.

    Hala, thatís okay. Itís going slowly. Iíve been posting the recent updates in my sketchbook. A friend pointed out that her left hand is on backwards after I had done a nice job on colour and shading on it. Her left arm is short and that hand is too small.

    This is without the corrections I still have to do.

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    Cool, I like the rendering just don't neglect her left leg. Proportions proportions...
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    Yes, it needs to move down a bit and maybe be lengthened a tad. Every time I think I've cracked it another error show up.
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    Looks good; my only suggestion is to change the color of the shadows in her hair. They seem really really dark for hair color that light, and in this pic where the colors are over all very light. I did just reset my monitor this morning tho, so it might be just me.

    Her torso look great
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    Good start on a classic image. What is she reaching for? I like the idea of an umbilical cord and other 'baby fluids' - a bit gross but still beautiful - a child god born fully grown.
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    hala, I’ve posted a picture a few days ago in my SB where I took out the brown. It was a lot better, especially the strands in the water, but looked thin. I’ll be changing it later to more of a honey colour with just some dark areas. That’s the great thing about working in so many layers; I can work underneath what I’ve done previously.

    Puck, there will be a fish poking its head out of the water close to her hand. She’s just waking up and stretching out her limbs; it must be terribly cramped in the shell. I’ve decided not to make her too slimy and not to add the umbilical cord.
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    Changed her left hand; the wrist is now too thin. Moved her left leg; I'll be re-shading it tomorrow. All the errors were on the left - being to sound like a Dudley & Pete sketch. There is still a small gap between the legs; it's quite important to me that her open knees are suggestive. Omitted most of the dark brown under her hair.

    I am working with vectors, but I just just the pencil tool and no blending or gradients as I find they stop the flow when I'm in full swing.

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    I see the legs now. Might have been the computer I was using. Liking the progress. Enjoy the process it only makes you better.
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    Great idea. Personally i really like her face. Will silently stalk on your progress!
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    Donít worry, Iím enjoying myself immensely.

    Ooooooh! My first stalker!

    Thickened out the hair a fair bit Ė still needs more work. Shaded the legs a bit and made the left wrist wider. Then just for a bit of fun I took it into PhotoPlus to smooth her out a bit. As it was a low resolution picture and Iíll only be doing it right at the end, you wonít be seeing this again. Next Iíve got to work on the thighs. The right leg could lose a few pounds, but isnít that what art is all about?

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    oooo. nice.
    -Can you please double check on her left thigh.
    The contours look like a sitting down position, or it looks heavy but the fat has stopped
    where the glutes start. [notetoself:research the fat pockets/placements.]

    Should I be hitting myself in the coconuts for not knowing the background of "The birth of Venus"
    *Shudders at vectors. [I can't control that pen man, it fights me every step of the way.]

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    oh i see, the hair def. looks better now I wish her one leg stood out a little more against the shell (but i reset my monitor settings so it might just be me i dunno )
    and i like the fact that you wanted the legs to be suggestive, it adds more interest to the story.
    Your process is interesting, what program are you using for vectoring?

    lol Dwardo, venus the roman goddess (aphrodite in greek) was the goddess of love "born from the foam of the sea"--a very metaphorical way of referring to...something that looks like "foam"...I keep the boards g -rate ;p but she is said to have been born in multiple ways, and sometimes referenced with a lady standing on a shell (Anyone remember the masterpiece painting?)
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    I did mention the thigh bit in my last post dwardo. Major liposuction coming up soon.

    Hala, when I detail the top shell it should make the leg stand out a bit more. At the moment the gap is barely visible. There are a fair few versions of the Birth of Venus Botticeli, Boug, Duval, Cababel, Boucher Redon and others; some use the shell and some the foam. I checked that I wasn't subconsciously copying any of them.
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