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    Water Spilling over hands?

    Hey
    I have to paint a giant 4ft by 8ft painting for school and I have made this preliminary study
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    I have to paint the condemnation of Jesus and was thinking of The hands of Pilate washing his hands in water which turns into blood half way down the picture and spills onto a crown of thorns......
    Just wondering how to paint water spilling over hands...
    If someone could point me in a direction that isnt mucking about with filters (I actually need to paint this) or just tell me how to do it...
    Im using photoshop although I also have painter IX, opencanvas and paintshop and am adept at using them.
    I'd be very thankful for anything


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    Google knows all:

    Water Spilling over hands?Water Spilling over hands?Water Spilling over hands? Water Spilling over hands?

    But better yet, why don't you take your own reference photos?

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    Lol, thanks...But I've seen all of those..
    Im just wondering how to paint that...
    If there's some special technique?
    : /
    well, thanks for the help anyway...I only had the first one, which I'm working off...kinda... but its not come out all that well..

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    it's no different than painting anything else from observation. Just study and try to duplicate. Figure out what makes it look the way it does. What makes it look different from a pair of hands with no water? Or forget hands and water all together, just look at each piece of light as a shape and tone and try to match them.

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    I take it you want some really simple way to "fake" the water, like a layer method or something. What's the point? Water is pretty much clear except for highlights, just distort what you need to and and highlights in the proper spots. Your painting digitally so just go at it, you've got nothing to lose but your deadline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neobot
    Lol, thanks...But I've seen all of those..
    Im just wondering how to paint that...
    If there's some special technique?
    : /
    well, thanks for the help anyway...I only had the first one, which I'm working off...kinda... but its not come out all that well..
    Theres no special technique to painting water. Observe the water, see where the highlights and subtitle changes of color, try and ask your self why does the water color look that way, what makes it look like water? Allso the backround sky color, lighting color! What ever backround will allso chnage the colors of the water to!

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    In a case like this, the water appears to have two elements to it.

    1. Colors from the background and surrounding objects, distorted and blurred. Low contrast, too. Just enough to indicate transparency.

    2. White reflections and turbulence. Other colors aren't reflected enough to be visible, so all reflections will be white. In cases like the shower example, oxygen in the water makes it appear pure white.

    Just do some studies and try to come up with something that comes close to the look you want. It's a learning experience, you know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neobot
    Lol, thanks...But I've seen all of those..
    Im just wondering how to paint that...
    If there's some special technique?
    : /
    well, thanks for the help anyway...I only had the first one, which I'm working off...kinda... but its not come out all that well..
    Yeah, there's a special technique, its called observation.

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    Agree with Magic Man, Water Spilling over hands? should be pretty easy to reproduce.

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