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    Lillendandie's Sketchbook

    Hello. I'm a mostly self taught digital artist. I've spent the past two years studying faces and developing my skills. Currently, I am working on my portfolio.

    After many years of lurking around CA, I am finally ready to share my work. C&C Welcome.

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    Portrait Study. Model: Nastya Kusakina


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    Portrait Study. Model: Evelyn Brent (1920's)


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    Landscape from reference


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    I love dark art, lowbrow & pop surrealism.


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    Digital inking


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    I keep a traditional sketchbook & I'm getting back into watercolor.


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    WIP Preview repainting my old work "Lady In Red".
    Model: Carole Lombard (1920's)


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    Lately, I've been working on 2 minute gesture drawings.


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    Welcome, I like your traditional art kit, and your digital face paintings, hope seeing from you more wonderful artwork.

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    the lombard wip preview looks very interesting... stop teasing
    "Have only 4 values, but all the edges you want."
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    "To any man who has slaved to acquire skill in his art, it is most irritating to have his ability referred to as a 'gift.'"
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    Tonight, I did some automatic / intuitive drawing & painting. (1 hr.)

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    The rules are simple, draw / color whatever your mind wants and don't plan anything. The goal is to create something care free like a child would. I wouldn't say I'm a perfectionist but sometimes I over think things and have trouble getting started / finishing some of my projects. I have a tendency to feel creatively blocked even when I really want to paint. I've neglected my creative side for far too long so I'm trying to build it up, along with the ability to get lost in the painting.

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    Welcome, I like your traditional art kit, and your digital face paintings, hope seeing from you more wonderful artwork.
    Thank you. My traditional skills are a bit rusty, but I just love sketching when I'm out and about.

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    the lombard wip preview looks very interesting... stop teasing
    I've been painting in greyscale for awhile now. Do you have any tips about going from greyscale to color? That's what's taking me so long. :p

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    You went wild with that care free like a child would do painting but I like the approach and the result at the same time.

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    I've spent the past few months working on coloring my painting. For the past 2 years, I've been working in greyscale / monochrome so I'm still working on my greyscale to color technique.

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    This portrait is based on 1930's actress Carole Lombard. I tried to combine both realistic and stylized elements.

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    Hi Lillen!

    Do you have any role models in terms of colours? Or any idea of where you want to go with it?
    The latest image does have a nice colour scheme at the end overall, I just wonder if maybe you could push it further in terms of colour variation. Some more shifts in hues and maybe even taking concepts into account like the colour zones of the face. The dark lips are a super nice touch though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JuliaMetzger View Post
    Hi Lillen!

    Do you have any role models in terms of colours? Or any idea of where you want to go with it?
    The latest image does have a nice colour scheme at the end overall, I just wonder if maybe you could push it further in terms of colour variation. Some more shifts in hues and maybe even taking concepts into account like the colour zones of the face. The dark lips are a super nice touch though.
    I still have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to color. I have read Gurney's book Color and Light but I haven't been able to fully realize a lot of those ideas. For the moment I am considering this painting 'finished'. Although, I'm sure I will revisit it again once I get a better grasp on color. I don't mind crit so feel free to throw anything you think would help my way.

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    While it's an amazing book, Color and Light it difficult to handle if you are new to the topic. It's not really a tutorial that tells you where to start. It's more of an encyclopedia, if you need more info about certain topics. So yeah, maybe put that one away for a while and look around for tutorials and/or videos online that give an approach that works for you.
    AND: do studies. Go look for images (painted, photographs, whatevs) where you really really like the colours. Or the approach to colours. Paint those. Without the extra step of grayscale. Use the chance to analyze how the colours work together, which choices where made. Take time and figure out the subtle changes. See shifts in hues, saturations and brightness. I know it's a lot, but colours are so powerful, time is never wasted on them.

    I also liked this Video by Proko and Aaron Westerberg a lot:
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    It's really good at explaining the principle behind colour temperature and its influence. Cool Light/warm shadows, warm light/cool shadows is a good thing to start with in my opinion

    Marco Bucci might be worth a look as well:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwLQ0cDb4cE

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    To kick off my color studies, I decided to work with a limited palette. Zorn used to use mostly yellow ochre, cad red, black and white. Unfortunately, as a digital artist I can not really mix colors in the same way, so I created my own swatch file based off a traditionally mixed palette I found online. (Credit to Michael Lynn Adams.)

    Initially I went with this image but later I realized it was too yellow...

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    The original painting is actually green.

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    I had a terrible time with the face so I will likely do more portrait studies soon. You can see the palette I created in the bottom left corner.

    Do you think I should keep working with a limited palette or should I dive into the world of full color?

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