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My first attempt at a smudge painting

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Old 12-01-2005, 06:21 PM
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My first attempt at a smudge painting

you guys make it look so easy...

i still got some practicin' to do....
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Old 12-01-2005, 06:27 PM
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you guys make it look so easy...

i still got some practicin' to do....
You know how pro bowlers and pro golfers make their sports "look easy"? Same with good smudge painters. It looks a lot easier than it is -- to do it well anyway.

For what it's worth applying a texture (to me) tends to detract from rather than add to an effect like this, but that's me.

Nice job on your first attempt. Keep 'em coming.

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Old 12-01-2005, 09:50 PM
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jav,

welcome to RP!

now, who could resist such a face! just had to do one of this

Craig
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Old 12-02-2005, 08:03 AM
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Welcome jav
This is very good for your first attempt , i couldnt post my first attempt, and anything is easy when you know how, but it does get easier especially with practice

Palms

Ps i agree with Danny about the texture i also am not a great lover of them
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Old 12-02-2005, 11:48 AM
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Jav, welcome to the forum. You've done a good job of softening your background, but I think you added your texture a little prematurely and a tad too heavily. Most smudge paintings that I see in the various forums are way overdone so they end up looking cartoony, but there are a few folks who do an amazing job of it. If you've got your painting in layers still, you might go back and think about highlights and shadows on the little girl, building up light areas where you think the sun would shine brightest and bringing in some new colors here and there.
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Old 12-02-2005, 02:41 PM
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I agree with Craig, a wonderful face.

A bit of a watercolor technique. Smudge painting is not my thing. Have to get around to trying it.

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Old 12-03-2005, 09:38 AM
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thanks for the advice...

ima redo it anyways cuz i need to make it a higher rez so i can try to print an 8x10 later
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Old 12-03-2005, 09:54 AM
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this is gonna be my next project
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Old 12-03-2005, 07:08 PM
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better?

this one's better, but i cant get her hair to look right, imo...
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Old 12-04-2005, 12:38 AM
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jav,

yup, that's one of the problems with smudge painting. the strokes want to be nice curves and the hand we use to paint them wants to make jagged lines one thing you could try is making a duplicate of what you've got on a new layer and then giving it a very light gausian blur and a blend mode of overlay, screen, luminance or soft light, depending on what appeals to you. the blur will tend to smooth out the strokes a bit and the blending will keep a little of both layers giving you the strokes of the smudging and the smoother lines from the blurring.

and, if you want to refine it a bit more, make a mask of just the area you want to affect and promote the mask to a new layer and just work on that bit with the blurring, then do the blending. that way the whole image wont be affected, just the areas you want to touch up a bit.

you're definitely getting the hang of it, though

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