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Old 02-23-2008, 08:18 AM
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Newbie Newbie looking for Smudge Painting advice

Hi everyone,

I've been lurking around for a while but have finally decided to join up.
I love playing with photo's especially smudge painting here is a picture i did of my little boy.
What do you guys think ?
Any tips or CC is most appreciated.
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Old 02-23-2008, 10:20 AM
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Hi AmieBear, welcome to RetouchPro. Nice to have you onboard. Your work looks great. I am not much in Smudging but would like to learn about it some more. Maybe you want to share your knowledge? Looking forward to see more of your work

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Old 02-23-2008, 11:22 AM
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Welcome AmieBear What a beautiful little boy nice work too

I started a thread here with different links and info on smudging and also as somewhere you could ask specific questions etc about smudging as a lot of us are still trying to learn the technique

http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/pho...resources.html

hope you enjoy being here

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Old 02-23-2008, 11:27 AM
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Thanks Amica your very kind.
Palms your smudging resources are the main reason i joined up and have seen some wonderful work here.
I hope ill enjoy spending my free time here and learning lots more about photo art techniques.
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Old 02-24-2008, 12:54 AM
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Hi Amie...

Welcome to RetouchPRO. Glad you found us. The pic of your little boy is a treasure.

Disclaimer: There are many (and I do mean many) who are much, much better at smudge painting than I, so take the following with a grain of salt.

If the point of a photo-painting -- regardless of style -- is for the final result "to look painted," then one needs to take steps to make the final piece "not look like a photo." That generally means more contrast, less detail and bolder colors.

Many who are new at smudge painting trace image edges and barely smear other areas, which is a good beginning, but IMO isn't enough to achieve a convincing "painted look."

I offer this example to illustrate my point in terms of color and detail (less around the edges), not great smudging detail technique.

Tell you the truth I prefer a BW interpretation, but that's just me.

Smudging is a very popular and appealing look. Keep working on your technique. You'll get nothing but better.
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Old 02-24-2008, 03:12 AM
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Re: Newbie looking for Smudge Painting advice

Thanks danny in definately still trying to find the right technique if you don't mind me asking what brushes do you use at what oppacity.
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Old 02-24-2008, 04:50 AM
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Hi Amie...

Welcome to RetouchPRO. Glad you found us. The pic of your little boy is a treasure.

Disclaimer: There are many (and I do mean many) who are much, much better at smudge painting than I, so take the following with a grain of salt.

If the point of a photo-painting -- regardless of style -- is for the final result "to look painted," then one needs to take steps to make the final piece "not look like a photo." That generally means more contrast, less detail and bolder colors.

Many who are new at smudge painting trace image edges and barely smear other areas, which is a good beginning, but IMO isn't enough to achieve a convincing "painted look."

I offer this example to illustrate my point in terms of color and detail (less around the edges), not great smudging detail technique.

Tell you the truth I prefer a BW interpretation, but that's just me.

Smudging is a very popular and appealing look. Keep working on your technique. You'll get nothing but better.
Hey Danny you are a secret smudger good result

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