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Photographer to Retoucher...Advice needed Pls!

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Old 04-30-2008, 07:22 PM
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Re: Photographer to Retoucher...Advice needed Pls!

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Now that it was mentioned, i was kinda curious to see Mr Profane's stuff too.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2406/...76d7f6.jpg?v=0
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Old 05-02-2008, 07:11 PM
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Re: Photographer to Retoucher...Advice needed Pls!

a great piece of work Benny, like the expression on his face there
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Old 05-02-2008, 07:17 PM
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Thanks, Apeman. It's the new Neo Benny school of art that is all the rage. I'll sell it to you you for a few drinks.
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Old 05-02-2008, 08:00 PM
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Re: Photographer to Retoucher...Advice needed Pls!

benny,

i admire your penmanship. your drawing skill is...well, light years ahead of your time

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Old 05-05-2008, 02:30 AM
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Re: Photographer to Retoucher...Advice needed Pls!

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what the heck do you do in art classes? taking pictures?

the entire discussion on this thread is not about DRAWING, it's about APPLYING what you know from art courses; from drawing. APPLYING, get it?!!!!!
I don't understand two things, first this discussion started with knowing how to draw for retouching and now you say its NOT about drawing?
(not that it makes alot of difference, I still think going art classes when you really need is to learn your photoshop is just beating around the bush)
And second, please have manners when replying.
If I or anyone else wishes to share their views and experience, and then get those sort of comments back... well, I better not go wasting my time here being treated like an idiot by anyone who happens to think he or she knows best.

I personally recommend Jadams007 post in this thread. That's good advice. An experience I believe everyone in this business can relate to.
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Old 05-06-2008, 05:15 PM
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Re: Photographer to Retoucher...Advice needed Pls!

Don't feel too discouraged Vapman, I spent about 3 years in an art school life drawing, and I think thats what helps me do my job every day. Still not anywhere near as good at anatomy and proportions as I should be though :-/
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Old 05-07-2008, 08:18 AM
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Re: Photographer to Retoucher...Advice needed Pls!

Here is a bit of advice....

Ignore all filters in Photoshop, NEVER EVER use the heal tool. Do not blur skin. And only use the clone tool if you have to!

Or, you could ignore all that advice and be another "smudger."

Jeff
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Old 05-08-2008, 08:20 AM
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Re: Photographer to Retoucher...Advice needed Pls!

I've been reading all of your posts about my initial advice to this person trying to break in . I've been quiet , not knowing if I wanted to get back in the mix , until this mornings interview came out in the New Yorker with Pascal Dangin (world renown retoucher , owner of Box Studios in NY). His article reads that he requires his artists to take in-house anatomy and figure drawing. He is THE best around. out-
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Old 05-08-2008, 08:26 AM
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Re: Photographer to Retoucher...Advice needed Pls!

It really helps if you are artistic.....
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Old 05-08-2008, 12:11 PM
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Re: Photographer to Retoucher...Advice needed Pls!

If you don't have some sort of understanding of anatomy then you might never be able to make alterations to someone's bone structure or waistline convincingly.

If you don't have a clue as to what 'color theory' is then you may stare at your monitor for hours trying to figure out how to fix some odd color cast instead of just knowing what the problem is and how to fix it.

Art schools won't teach you to be artistic or creative or to have vision... quite frankly I'm not sure what they teach at all. If you have skills you can definitely refine and improve them through the practice they'll give you but I think one could argue that the same can be accomplished on your own if you are dedicated enough. Perhaps they can teach you to have a thick skin if you undergo enough harsh peer reviews and that will just prepare you better for the internet and life in general really. I can't draw figures for crap but I struggled through a few figure drawing courses and think I managed to learn something from them other than I can't draw lifeforms at all... no BFA... and I don't make a living at this.
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