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Old December 1 2013, 07:54 AM   #16
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I've decided that I'm probably going to have this piece printed on canvas, so I'm ditching the overlay texture.

Here's the latest:

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Old December 1 2013, 09:07 AM   #17
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Lovely.

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Old December 1 2013, 09:24 AM   #18
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Really coming along. Are you aiming to emulate a specific medium or style with this?
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Old December 1 2013, 01:34 PM   #19
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That is very nice
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Old December 1 2013, 07:35 PM   #20
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Two more questions:

Do you care to give us any insight on how you textured the background?

Is the face a likeness of anyone or did you just make her up?

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Old December 1 2013, 11:19 PM   #21
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Are you aiming to emulate a specific medium or style with this?
It would be nice if the end result winds up looking like an oil painting.

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Two more questions:

Do you care to give us any insight on how you textured the background?

Is the face a likeness of anyone or did you just make her up?
The background is a combination of a photograph of some clouds and a stock overlay texture derived from a concrete wall, vines, roses and a few other things.

As for the face, I didn't set out to imitate anyone in particular but there's probably a fair amount of Sandra Bullock in there, a little Tia Carerre, some Salli Richardson-Whitfield and probably others.
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Old December 1 2013, 11:23 PM   #22
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Here's a variant I came up with that has a bit more color. I like the previous monochromatic version but I like this, too.

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Old December 2 2013, 02:28 AM   #23
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I don't know if its just me but I only see Ivanova. Who am I? I am Susan Ivanova, Commander. Daughter of Andre and Sophie Ivanov. I am the right hand of vengeance and the boot that is going to kick your sorry ass all the way back to Earth, sweetheart! I am death incarnate, and the last living thing that you will ever see. God sent me
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Old December 2 2013, 04:11 AM   #24
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There could be some Claudia Christian in there, too. "Death incarnate" isn't really what I was going for, though.
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Old December 2 2013, 07:14 AM   #25
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Well, I've bumped up to final resolution now (16"x20" at 300dpi) and I'm getting down to the eyelash level:

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You know, I'm not sure what you do for a living, but if you aren't a professional illustrator, that's a damn shame.

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Are you aiming to emulate a specific medium or style with this?
It would be nice if the end result winds up looking like an oil painting.
Seems like you've got a pretty decent handle on that already in the areas you've put more time into. One thing that should help, if you weren't already planning to, is doing your final pass without transparency and layer effects and other purely digital tool. Just high (if not 100%) brushes (perhaps with some fancy brush dynamics on) and a little smudging here and there. It is a challenge but it does force you to use more physical medium technique which in my experience lends it more of that physical medium look. Either way it is looking great.
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Old December 2 2013, 07:05 PM   #28
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You know, I'm not sure what you do for a living, but if you aren't a professional illustrator, that's a damn shame.
Well, I am getting paid for some of my work these days but I sure would love to be doing it full-time.

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Seems like you've got a pretty decent handle on that already in the areas you've put more time into. One thing that should help, if you weren't already planning to, is doing your final pass without transparency and layer effects and other purely digital tool. Just high (if not 100%) brushes (perhaps with some fancy brush dynamics on) and a little smudging here and there. It is a challenge but it does force you to use more physical medium technique which in my experience lends it more of that physical medium look. Either way it is looking great.
As I continue refining details the texture overlays should gradually disappear or get painted over. I'm just using them right now to add some texture to the piece. I'm not using any layer effects at all other than blending modes.
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Old December 4 2013, 10:03 AM   #29
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I've gone back to the monochromatic version, at least for now. It just has more of that classical feel to it and the sky doesn't compete as much with the central figure. I widened the aspect ratio from 1:1.5 to 1:1.25 for a 16"x20" final print, though I'm starting to wonder if I might need to tighten up the framing somewhat. Started sharpening the rendering on most everything from the ribcage up. Pulled in her right shoulder a bit to correct a proportional error and adjusted the angle of her right forearm for better balance. Intensified her halo and the glow coming off her wings. Getting there slowly but surely.



Here's an almost full-res close-up on the more refined upper body. I'm pretty happy with the overall texture that's coming through.



And finally, here are a couple of hair style variants, one with ears covered and the other with her hair drawn back behind them. Haven't been able to decide which I like better. Opinions?

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Old December 4 2013, 04:27 PM   #30
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I like the hair over the ears better myself.
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