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Creative portraits: Great baby photos by Brandi

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Old 12-15-2007, 09:13 AM
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Creative portraits: Great baby photos by Brandi

There are two pictures that I'm considering working on first. The baby is the owner of the hands picture that I posted initially. They are completely unedited (straight from camera-raw).

If you want to play with them and see what you come up with feel free.

Brandi
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Old 12-15-2007, 10:19 AM
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Re: Creative portraits: Beautiful baby

Brandi:

Thank you for the wonderful pix to work with.
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Old 12-15-2007, 03:01 PM
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Re: Creative portraits: Great baby photos by Brand

I couldn't resist, but who could?
only a quick smudge but i have some other ideas when i get some time

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Old 12-15-2007, 05:45 PM
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Re: Creative portraits: Great baby photos by Brand

Thanks for the opportunity to work on these great pictures.

Palms thats a great idea clouds, inspired.

After Danny's B&W on the last posting I thought I'd try one myself, though it's not as good.

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Old 12-16-2007, 07:41 AM
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Re: Creative portraits: Great baby photos by Brand

portrait attempt
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Old 12-16-2007, 08:09 AM
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Re: Creative portraits: Great baby photos by Brand

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Geesh! This stinks...way harder than a puppy! Here's my first feeble attempt at a portrait. I included the original, the painting, and the painting with texture. This is gonna take some serious time and effort to get good at.
This attempt leaves me with lots of questions...
How short/long should the strokes be?
Which direction should the strokes go...diagonal, up/down, circular?
How do I make it look more like brush strokes without upping the opacity so much that it makes it look blotchy?
Should I give up now?

Thanks for any input.
Brandi
Dont give up Brandi
I think smudging is one of the hardest techniques to "do"
and it differs so much between different subjects and images, with people being the hardest subject but others may disagree and think animals are ?
My thoughts on your questions are (again they may differ from others)
the length of your strokes really depends on what you are smudging i suppose i tend to use a back and forward motion, longer on say hair than on faces ( it is awkward to explain)
Direction sort of go with the flo is the best way i can describe it you got it right on your dog image not sure if you did on that one but start at the outer edge of fur and work you way in so that you sort of overlay each stroke on the one below
enlarge your image and see if it looks more painterly ? smudging does need to be seen big
hope this helps some, ask more questions if you need to

And i will ask you one some "smudgers" sharpen before smudging do you ? I do some times and not others cant make my mind up on that one yet ! ! !

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Old 12-16-2007, 08:51 AM
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Re: Creative portraits: Great baby photos by Brand

and another play, Same thought process nearly Peter i thought it would look good as a black and white but with a little selective colour !

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Re: Creative portraits: Great baby photos by Brand

This portrait was done in Photoshop starting with the Impressionist filter followed by smudging and a lot of hand tooling. Finished with a selective application of canvas texture.
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Re: Creative portraits: Great baby photos by Brand

Thats nice PM, I thought I'd give this another go myself.

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Just a quick shot at it before heading out the door.
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