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Old 01-29-2014, 04:05 PM
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Re: Painterly Quality

Here is what I did, no smudge, no blur! It was too heavy as the posted image above, but I did not like too much "painting". I did not do the required D&B. Just the basics.

Not my image, off the web.
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Old 01-31-2014, 10:26 PM
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Re: Painterly Quality


I attempted the smudge tool. Let me know what you think. I spent about two hours on the photo just to make sure texture and colors were on kilter.
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Old 01-31-2014, 10:28 PM
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Re: Painterly Quality

I think my chest area along with my collar bone tuned out more accurately due to the amount of shadows. I am really happy with my chest area. My face didn't turn out as well as I would have liked though. What do you guys think?
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Old 02-01-2014, 02:30 AM
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Re: Painterly Quality

Great first go; just a couple of points. This technique is like drawing cartoons - you can chuck away a load of figurative detail but what remains becomes so much more important. I'd take another look at the nose and lip detail which are at odds with the eyes and beard. The highlights on the lips may look better if they smeared vertically (matching the vertical creases in most lips) rather than a horizontal line. The hilite and shadow on the on the nose could be smoothed out a bit more also. This is your picture though and without seeing the original it's tricky to make judgements. It's clear you understand the technique and are going to have a lot of fun with it.
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