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Old 12-15-2007, 09:13 AM
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Re: DannyRaphael inspired me to attempt this...

Danny and Palms...thanks so much for all the help! Turns out I'm not snowed in (pooh!), so I'll have to wait till tonight to work on this. There are two pictures that I'm considering working on first. I've attached them. They are completely unedited (straight from camera-raw).

If you want to play with them go to: http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/turning-portraits-into-digital-sketches-oils-watercolors/19935-creative-portraits-great-baby-photos-brandi.html
...and feel free to see what you come up with.

The baby is the owner of the hands picture that I posted initially. I think this is gonna be a lot harder than I thought. I'll post anything that I come up with if it's presentable. Thanks again for the help.

Brandi

Oh...and Danny...I can't afford Nikon!
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Old 12-15-2007, 10:14 AM
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Re: DannyRaphael inspired me to attempt this...

Adorable pics... great potential. That's 90% of the battle right there. No distracting items to get rid of.

Thanks for offering the pix to play with. I'm going to start a separate thread for that so we can keep this thread focused on "your journey."

re: I'll post anything that I come up with if it's presentable.
I have no doubt you'll come up with something that's most presentable. Don't hesitate to upload and share. Feedback is a good thing.

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More food for thought (see attached). A common/popular technique is to add an inch or so of white to each edge and pull "paint" into this area. See how "painted" this looks by just smooshing the edges? [don't stop here... the point is to illustrate the importance of painterly-looking edges]

Before you get too far along, "keep the end result in mind" in terms of print (painting) dimensions if you intend to print on canvas or whatever.

If "gallery wrap" is on the radar and you're "painting to the edges," not doing this "expand canvas by adding white to edges" thing, plan for that before you start smudging. It's much easier in the long run to account early on for the extra, say, 2" of painting on each edge to accomodate the gallery wrap vs. finish a 20"x24" painting, THEN ask yourself, "Hmmm...how / where am I going to get 2" of painted edges without reducing this to a 16"x20" ?"
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Oh...and Danny...I can't afford Nikon!
Neither can I!
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Old 12-15-2007, 05:11 PM
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Re: DannyRaphael inspired me to attempt this...

Brandi...

Your dog smudge is just beautiful...totally agree with Danny in what he says about you starting to do dog portraits....Its a great forum for help here and there is always someone who knows!!!
Good luck with your baby...cant wait to see your results.....hope you are well now!!!

Danny what a mine of information you are...thanks for the tips and suggestions...a great help to us all...

Here is a link for the way Scott does a smudge portrait he does a lot of preparation first....

http://www.innographx.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7986

Brandi a few of us here are also members at Innograpx and there arelots of tutorials and tips there too....

Patricia........
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