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Old 10-30-2006, 08:37 AM
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Hi Lyle...

The full size is really good but i still like the cropped version.....cause its different!!!!

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Old 10-30-2006, 05:31 PM
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Thanks Patricia. Regarding my new picture I would normally stay away from such a bold rough texture for a portrait of a woman but I think this one works.
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Old 10-30-2006, 08:00 PM
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Pavel...love this Started HK look" that you did...like your next two...are you getting to grips with Painter???I am trying!Nice colors and texture on your "old masters look".I like your last one , except its a bit spotty..the eyes are really nice though!
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Patricia, thank you.
I wouldn't say I'm anythere close to "coming to grips" with Painter.
Like you picture, the painted look. Background is great. Tried to get something similar with standard brushes with little success.

JimJam, your last picture is astonishing.

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Old 10-30-2006, 08:43 PM
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This is a beautiful portrait of a beautiful young woman. It led to thoughts of the masters and the way they treated portraiture. I'm not, nor will I ever profess to be, masterful in the painting area. However, I couldn't resist a go at the cracked paint, dark, dramatically lit, style called chiaroscuro that they so successfully used.

Thank you for sharing this modern Mona Lisa.

Janet
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Old 10-30-2006, 09:13 PM
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This is a beautiful portrait of a beautiful young woman. It led to thoughts of the masters and the way they treated portraiture. I'm not, nor will I ever profess to be, masterful in the painting area. However, I couldn't resist a go at the cracked paint, dark, dramatically lit, style called chiaroscuro that they so successfully used.

Thank you for sharing this modern Mona Lisa.

Janet
Janet,

Very nice picture.

As a small comment, I do not think that on the old portraits one could see any canvas. They would normally use many paint layers and then varnish to completely cover canvas.

A techinical question - how did you make the cracked paint.

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Old 10-30-2006, 10:53 PM
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The cracked paint was easy. I have to add that I say that with tongue in cheek. I tried everything and finally hit upon a tutorial (don't ask me where, I can't remember) that made it into one of the AHA moments.

1. New layer
2. Filter>Render>Clouds
3. Filter>Render>Difference Clouds. Repeated until you find one you like.
4. Filter>Pixelate>Crystalize. The larger you set the amount, the further your cracks will be spaced apart.
5. Filter>Stylize>Find Edges
6. Change layer mode to Multiply

That's it.

Thanks for the canvas tip. I'll remember it for the future but might not follow that rule depending upon my mood. Ain't I a ?


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Old 10-31-2006, 03:51 AM
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JimJam...This is great...I love the intensity....I have done one even darker for a dramatic look!

Pavel....Glad you liked my painting...really trying with the paints and i was happy with the result...sooo much to learn in Painter but some days i feel i am getting somewhere others NOT!!!

Janet...Love your Mona Lisa look for Alex....thank you for sharing your way of doing the cracked texture....

I have done many but will share these two with you...
The light one i did from the photo...
Used a burn layer on the painting i did for a dramatic look!!!


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Old 10-31-2006, 05:14 AM
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The cracked paint was easy. I have to add that I say that with tongue in cheek. I tried everything and finally hit upon a tutorial (don't ask me where, I can't remember) that made it into one of the AHA moments.

Thanks for the canvas tip. I'll remember it for the future but might not follow that rule depending upon my mood. Ain't I a ?

Janet
Janet,

Thank you for the walk throuh. I tried to use and actual cracked paint layer as a texture for my pic, not to happy with the result.

I like your rendition as is, did not mean that as a critique, since you mention Monna Lisa I felt I may add my 5 cents.

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Old 10-31-2006, 07:10 AM
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No offense taken Pavel. None at all.

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Old 10-31-2006, 01:48 PM
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Thank you pavel and Patricia for the great compliments, it's always nice to get a pat on the back from people you admire. Great pics Patricia and Janet and like pavel I thank you Janet for sharing the steps to create the crackle effect.
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