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So...worked on those highlights and shadows.

 

First, I took the hand suggestion.

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Next, to show the front. Really happy with her chest and brim highlights, after much fiddling.

 

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The shadows were...a bit difficult.

 

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Not sure if I should play with the sleeves.

 

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I think that’s looking great! I think it was a good decision to go lighter with the brown. Those colours work well together. And it’s not reading as leather to me, I know you were worried about that. 

Shadows can be a bit difficult, especially on something round and mostly flat. I struggled a bit with the little witch hat that I recently painted. I just go back and forth a lot between the layers until it looks right to me. 

You can try glazing with your mid tone to smooth out the blends, but remember that glazing can be tricky. If it’s not thinned enough it’ll obliterate your highlighting. If you don’t wick out the moisture on a paper towel it’ll run everywhere and make a mess. You just want a very slight tint. It’s a technique that I’m still working on. 

Don’t frustrate yourself with it though. When I find that an area is frustrating me, I get it to a point where I feel comfortable with calling it good enough and move on, making a note to myself that I need to keep working on whatever technique/colour/whatever that was frustrating me. It’s really easy to bog yourself down mentally with trying to make everything perfect every time and then painting becomes a chore rather than fun. 

Blending is not easy, it’s something that you have to work toward getting better at. But you’re well on your way already! ^_^

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Blending is something I think we all get annoyed with at times. But at least for me, it is also a large part of the fun. I wouldn't enjoy the painting if not for the difficulty. 

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2 hours ago, Paradoxical Mouse said:

I can't decide between purple and orange for her accessory color. 

 

Why not both? :rolleyes:

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19 hours ago, Paradoxical Mouse said:

I can't decide between purple and orange for her accessory color. 

 

When in doubt always choose purple ( said the Wolf with over a dozen different purples in his paint collection)

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