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    [WIP] Portrait - Learning to paint, not draw!

    I'm going through a bit of a "rediscovery" phase right now. I "drew" my whole life up to this point, but I never painted. That is to say, I have composed pieces in grayscale alone, never taking it upon myself to properly learn to paint with color alone, without relying on my pencil and a blending stump.

    I posted this small "test", done in Photoshop in my Sketchbook thread:

    [WIP] Portrait - Learning to paint, not draw!

    That was basically my first foray into "shading" with color instead of layering more black ontop of any color I'd laid down already.

    I started this portrait of a friend of mine tonight, and I'm sort of (but not totally) pleased with the way it's going thusfar.

    [WIP] Portrait - Learning to paint, not draw!

    For reference, here's the photo I'm working from:

    [WIP] Portrait - Learning to paint, not draw!

    I'm currently reading through "Digital Character Design & Painting: Photoshop CS Edition" by Don Seegmiller, to learn more about painting in color. Needless to say, it's a long journey.

    I'd appreciate any tips/thoughts/recommendations that anyone has on technique or anything else! Thanks!
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    Well. Judging by your eye you painted there, and the beginning of your portrait, I'd say you're on the right track for sure. I am really quite new to painting myself, but I can say that (based on looking at the process that other people use) is to start with a simple lineart sketch, make sure everything is outlined the way you want it to be, then block in your colors. Start with your darkes colors and work your way to your mid tones, then add your highlights (although some artists argue that it's better to do it the opposite way). Start with broad strokes, and do smaller, more detailed strokes as you go. I could be wrong, those are just some things that i have heard floating around the forums.
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    go go go go go just keep going !!!!!! cant wait to the the final skin color!!! go go go
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    im sorry to say i cannot see any images.. try reposting cuz the work sounds interesting - JAG
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sepulverture
    Well. Judging by your eye you painted there, and the beginning of your portrait, I'd say you're on the right track for sure. I am really quite new to painting myself, but I can say that (based on looking at the process that other people use) is to start with a simple lineart sketch, make sure everything is outlined the way you want it to be, then block in your colors. Start with your darkes colors and work your way to your mid tones, then add your highlights (although some artists argue that it's better to do it the opposite way). Start with broad strokes, and do smaller, more detailed strokes as you go. I could be wrong, those are just some things that i have heard floating around the forums.
    Hrm, that's an idea I hadn't thought of, laying down the darkest tones first, and then building up lighter ones until the desired skin tone is achieved... I will try that tonight when I get home from work!

    By the way, I have some tips for you in your sketchbook thread re: drawing hands/anatomy that I'll post for you when I get home tonight. Looks like you're off to a great start!


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    Of course I'll keep going! I'll try and post another "in progress" picture tonight.

    JAG:

    The images are not showing up for you? Can you get to my website? http://www.ramenbudget.com - it seems that maybe just you are unable to see the images. Let me know if you have problems loading my site.
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    not tonight!!!!!!!!1 NOW !
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    alright i see it all now.. and its very good work. i think your portrait is coming out great so far. for your first treck to color, you're rendering very well. indeed, post the updates soon - JAG
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    Thanks, JAG. I am still trying to get the hang of laying color. I found the eyes were good practice for that because I could try and layer colors in the iris to try and achieve the look that I want.

    I mixed an initial layer of red, with brown over that, and then orange, and then some highlights with yellow to get the "golden" shine look. Now I just have to apply the same stuff for hair. :p

    I have an "ok" sense of light and shade, but my sense of composition is absolutely terrible, when working from imagination.
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    by any chance, have you studied Linda Bergkvist's tutorials on rendering hair?? - JAG
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    Yes, I'm familiar with Linda. She and I were both regular posters on the sijun.com forums waaaaaaaaay back in the day.

    I suck too bad to use her tutorials to any useful extend though. I need to build up a few more skills with color before I can attempt any tutorials by her.

    Here's a small update.

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    I really do not like the way the skin is turning out but I am at a loss as to how to fix it.
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    It looks like her skin is a tad darker than that, so adding a very little bit of brown into the overall tons might do the trick (at least part of the trick. Also, for your back ground neutral color, maybe try a color that will allow the skin to stand out more, so you can see it a bit better? For example, try blocking in the hair on (our right, her left), that should allow you to see the her skin better, which in turn should help you make better coloring decisions. Also, looking at the photo, and the painting it looks like you should terminate her nostrils a bit further from the tip of her nose, it (her nose) isn't that pointy. Good luck!

    P.S., can't wait for your crits in my sketchbook. If you have a sketchbook, why not make a link in your sign so everyone can enjoy your sketches easier?
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    Make sure the mouth is aligned properly and check the shape of the nose. Also, the upper lips aren't as thick, in the photo, as you have them in your painting (they're foreshortened). Let me guess, you started the drawing from her left eye didn't you?
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    I am more attempting to develop skill/techniques "painting" digitally, versus "drawing" digitally. I've "drawn" my whole life, but I haven't worked with color like I should have and my work is suffering now as a result of it.

    I'm not really trying to focus on sheer accuracy of her features.
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