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77210 Sarah the Seeress: Xiwo Xerase tries painting with the Fair Skin triad

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That is coming along nicely

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I haven't had the opportunity to do much painting.  Last night was my first real chance.  I spent the evening working on finishing her staff and starting work on her orb.

 

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For the work I did, I feel the larger stones need more work, especially the one at the top of the staff.

 

I think I'm afraid of working on her face.  Since I have other skin touchups that need to be done, I should really just go ahead and do it.

 

Especially since I'm on a deadline now.  Three weeks and change to ReaperCon.

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Well, I did some work on her face.  I think I now know what I need to do.

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Her face is mostly Fair Highlight at this point, which just doesn't look right.  The picture on the left looks better because her left arm is blocking some of the light.

 

I need to bring most of her face back down to Fair Skin, or maybe 1:1 Fair Skin:Fair Highlight, so her face has actual contours.  (Or I suppose I could add lining around the edges of the highlight and pass it off as a mask...)  

 

Also, it looks like I should lighten her lower leg slightly.  There's a little too much contrast there.

 

I also realized why the stone in her staff doesn't look right.  The highlights are placed as if the stone is translucent but it's not.  It's supposed to be solid.  As a polished stone, it should have sharp highlights (although not as harsh as metal) and the highlight should be a flat horizontal line.

 

Two weeks to go.

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I would also add a tint of other colors into your mix as well, what do they say forehead to eyebrows, yellow; eyebrows to tip of nose, red; lips to chin blue or gray (but mostly for males) and I would dot the tip of your nose with ivory.

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I was thinking of using Linen White instead of ivory for her highest highlights but that's a later step.  First, I need to fix her face.

 

I haven't been able to paint since I took those pictures.  I'm hoping to paint some tonight.

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I do really like where this is going it's looking very smooth.  Do you want to blush her cheeks, you can add a little rosy skin to your flesh tone and apply a thin coat then wash over with it your fair highlight to blend.

If I may the chin really seems to blend into to neck it may benefit from som shadow (darker skin tone around the neck below the jaw line to add a little distinction and frame the face more making it pop to the eye

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Blushing her cheeks is also on my todo list.  I've gone over her cheeks with layers of Rosy Highlight and I think I can see a slight difference in hand.  Again, this is something I'll work on once I've fixed her face.

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I Ann really likin what I am seeing and I have no doubt you will get her where oh want her to be ;).

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I spent my hobby time Monday night glazing Fair Shadow and Fair Skin on her face.  I think there's an improvement but there's still more work to do.

 

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I worked more on her face last night and on the stone atop her staff and basing tonight.

 

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Her bottom lip needs a little cleanup work.  Darkening the shadow under her lip should do it.  Otherwise, I'm willing to call her face done for now.

 

I think the stone on her staff looks good.  So, from here, the orb in her hand and then cleaning up her hands.

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How does that line go?  "Do one thing every day that scares the everloving crap out of you"?

 

So I decided Sarah's orb should glow, and that means OSL.

 

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I figure I have no more than two hours of painting time left before I have to seal her in preparation for ReaperCon.  Other than fixing the black paint at the very base, what can I do to improve her in the time left?  I've stared at her so much I'm not sure what I can do or what I should do.  I'm also ready to be done and move on to another project, and that doesn't help.

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Well I recommend giving a black/brown wash over the leather straps on the staff. Than I would black line between the fingers on the hand  on the staff as well. Also if you're feeling bold draw a very thin dark line underneath the eye sockets (i.e. eye lashes) to get rid of the bug-eye or surprised look of the eyes and than remember afterwards always draw a high highlighted color (of your flesh tone) right underneath the eye to make them really pop.

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She is looking great (really love her hair), but I think that the area under her chin could go way darker. Bring out the tan or olive skin triad colors, possibly even dark skin. It won't take much, possibly even just lining a bit under there or thinned tints. It will help define her face better though. 

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I lined her hand and applied a wash to her staff, then tried painting the leather back up to where I thought it looked reasonable.  Her hand needs more work.

 

I also applied a thin glaze of Rosy Skin over her non-shadowed, non-bony skin.  I'm not certain it's visible, but I also don't want it to be too visible.

 

Is the shadow under her chin good now or do I need to do more work?

 

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Definitely improved under the chin! You could probably still go further, if you were so inclined. 

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