Great portraits :>
Good to see you step away from that circle frame now, it is nice for presentation, but it is good to try something else too :>
Mmm, I like the brush this time. Using higher opacity really forces you to think about the (digital) paint you are laying down, and how it relates to light and color.
Also, I like the foreshortening on that guitar.
It's been awhile! I've been kind of busy and had alternating unproductive days, but I hope I'll start posting more consistently on here again.
I've been going back over old portraits to make the pieces on my website of a more consistent quality. The site's not up yet, but I wanted a solid portfolio of portraits so people knew what they were getting if they bought them. Here's one of the touch-ups:
Good to see you're back. Indeed much improvement when you compare them, alot more solid and less fluffy.
Last edited by Topcross; March 29th, 2012 at 06:07 PM.
I can see a lot of improvement, too!
The edges are a lot sharper and the values are less messy.
You still have some problems with blotchy colors/gray patches. I've had the same issues with going from b&w to color.
Very dark and very light values don't pick up color from overlay etc. as nicely so if you know that you want to color something later don't go too extreme with the values, you can always add them later in color! Color balance/selective color can also help you make highlights and shadows less flat.
I hope you don't mind but I tried to demonstrate what I mean.
This took mere minutes to do and makes a huge difference, in my opinion anyway.
Topcross: Thank you, sir! I had a lot of trouble figuring out how to balance brush opacities to make things look like I wanted to, but I feel like I'm settling into a style that I like.
Xelar: Thanks a lot, it looks much better your way! I'll have to revisit that piece and fix it up sometime. Also, great bit of advice on the overlays, that's always been a huge trouble spot for me.
Here's another side-by-side touch up of an old portrait:
Your touch ups are looking really good, definitely making progress .
You might want to try doing something completely different than what you've been doing- just to shake things up.
I was surprised how much my location studies helped my figure drawing. I find when you stick to something for a while you spend lots of time tweaking here and there- but when you try something new it forces a lot more of your brain to flex a bit, and you learn things you aren't expecting to .
Hey man, I just got your post on my sketchbook. I guess Reddit kind of pulled me away from here for a while. Anyway, good looking sketchbook, and I'll let you know if I need some help with stuff. I've been off the studies for a while, mostly sketches and cup art, but I've pulled a few piece out recently. Thanks again!