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    baby hippo WIP

    I guess there's not much to say about a pencil drawing with some google photo reference, but I post this stuff in here anyway.

    I'm thinking about acrylics on thin layers, almost watercolors on some parts. I'm about to move the left ear to the right a bit, it doesn't seem right where it is, and also considering to cut some space form the right (yeah, bad habit)

    If you're seeing this you can criticice whatever, from line pressure, to proportions (which I think are okay because of the reference) or composition, I may not change some things (like lines) since it's gonna be covered in paint anyway, but it will be useful info to consider for future works.

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    I have a question, did you use a pic? Because I would like to see it.

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    Yup, one of the first things on google:

    baby hippo WIP

    It's even copyrighted, but I don't think it matters that much, doing it as an exercise.
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    Hey, @Benedikt, thanks a lot, I actually expected some bashing, but being something referenced maybe it doesn't leave a big margin for messing it up, after all.

    I'm on the thin layers and still not very confident about how I'm gonna finish it, I'm gonna keep the uploads for the sake of showing how I finish the job.
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    I took my time to upload this, but whatever. I'll post two photos, one with sunlight, the other one with artificial light, none very brilliant. For the finished work I'm gonna scan it.

    I'm going (theoretically) for a slightly painterly look, but not much, more like commercial illustration for books but in an old fashion, this is the first layer and even if I'm not sure about how's the process going, a second layer is gonna be enough, most likely.

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    Congratulations...

    It is beautifull.

    As you are in this stage, take a look in the works of Boris Vallejo and/or Julie Bell. I thonk you can achieve the same level of realistic rendering as them.

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    Actually, I dislike Vallejo's work I admire things with a more fluent brushwork, like Frazetta or Loomis, IE, or otherwise something more subtle with emphasis on texture and balance like Albrecht Durer or many almost anonimus illustrators of books about natural life and the such.

    But I appreciate the confidence, obviously isn't anything easy to accomplish
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeanFumero View Post
    obviously isn't anything easy to accomplish
    Well... about all of them, how much time they spent developing their own styles? 20 years, 30 years... ? nothing is easy, but also, is not impossible. Anyway, you are in their pathways.

    Best regards and keep sharing
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    Well, done at last, in the end it took many hours and the result isn't exactly great, blending seems rough, as some textures do, I'm between illustration and painting techniques and the scaning doesn't look right (isn't expressive enough for a good painting either)

    But whatever, next will be better, I hope...
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    good result, share your next wip with us

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