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June 7th, 2012 #1
This is a final for a painting class I'm taking. I have until Friday to finish it. The prompt was really anything you want as long as it was "painterly". I also decided to kill 2 birds in one stone and draw a fan character my brother really likes and wanted me to draw for quite some time. Her name is Marisa and she's from this franchise called Touhou.
I'm doing this from imagination and I think I probably bit off more than I can chew. It's supposed to be more stylized because the subject character is usually drawn in an anime/manga style and I guess I wanted to emulate that.
I've been trying to find backlighting but I can't seem to find a good reference picture. I'm also not sure what light the face does when it's hit by a backlight. I'm aware that it's supposed to be quite dark, which can be fixed later, but I want the frontal features to stand out as well so I'm pretty conflicted as to where this will go.
I also need a LOT of help on how to paint clothes and folds. How do you texture them so that they are clothes textured and not skin or hair textured? Or is it more of an issue with how the light hits it rather than texture?
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For backlight, there's couple posts by James Gurney you might be interested of:
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June 7th, 2012 #3
Well I wouldn't say that lighting is your lacking in this piece. In fact, if you left it as it is, it would look fine, once you put in some rim lights. But to answer your lighting question, yes you just leave the figure in the dark, and rim light her form the moon. The moon isn't nearly bright enough to actually cause the figure to be abnormally darkened so just leave her ambiently lit with those rim lights.
But the image is entirely boring. Her hair and hat aren't reacting to flying through the air. And her pose is definitely not congruent with flying through the air. Should I assume her non-expression is part of her character? Even so, should she really be looking right at the viewer?
June 7th, 2012 #4
Ah oh, I see that I'm completely off with the face. Oops. Thanks for the refs Tinybird.
She's floating in the air. It's a bit of an accusatory look? There's not that much context as to why she's accusatory so it'll probably send mixed messages. How do you think she should look?
I did a quick adjustment. I still haven't adjusted the nuances, but is this what the general look should be?
Last edited by Toriknew; June 7th, 2012 at 08:16 AM.
June 7th, 2012 #5
Again, remember that the brim of her hat will block the light behind the hair. Also I myself can't see the accusatory look, as she's not looking anywhere (her eyes are not focused) and she looks like she's half-asleep. Also I agree with Artfix about the pose, how is she holding on the broom? Her hands don't look like they're holding or gripping the broom (in fact they look more like you're deliberately avoiding drawing the hands and blurring them behind her dress) and she's sitting so on the "brim" of the broom that I'd think her feet would prove weighty enough to pull her down. And if there is some sort of levitation magic going on that excuses the pose, then show it. Also is the character wearing white lipstick?
June 7th, 2012 #6
So I adjusted the broom so it was more parallel to the sitting position, and that actually cleared enough room so I could put in hands (before I was at a loss on where to put them without making the arm extremely long or extremely short). I tried a more aggressive expression as well, and fixed the rim shade.
On another note, how light do you think the feet should be? Is it blocked by the dress, or is there still moonlight on it?