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part of it is knowing where the light is going to fall in 'reality.'  I use google images a lot to look at photos of the way bright light hits muscle groups.  Some of it is blending- making sure the transitions are smooth enough to mimic skin.  The rest is the art of painting, where you may fudge what would be real to get the effect or color balance you want. At one point I'd bookmarked a site with a movable light that would show light-effects on a female torso, but I can't find it now.  Sigh.

 

edit: ah hah!  Found it!!!

light cage (er- nudity warning)

 

Thank you for that fantastic link! Very useful and educational.

 

I love your work and your WIP threads, I am learning a lot from reading and watching.

 

Thanks again!

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part of it is knowing where the light is going to fall in 'reality.'  I use google images a lot to look at photos of the way bright light hits muscle groups.  Some of it is blending- making sure the transitions are smooth enough to mimic skin.  The rest is the art of painting, where you may fudge what would be real to get the effect or color balance you want. At one point I'd bookmarked a site with a movable light that would show light-effects on a female torso, but I can't find it now.  Sigh.

 

edit: ah hah!  Found it!!!

light cage (er- nudity warning)

 

*You* are my personal hero!  That link it too handy!  I've always wanted something like that to help me figure out where shadows go.  Interesting that highlights on the breasts are on the bottom and not the top.

 

Soooo. Make Corporea a "thank you pie" if we all go to ReaperCon? :lol:

 

I'd love to make Thank You treats for everyone on here who's helped me, sadly my odds of making a ReaperCon anytime in the near future is zero.

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:wub:  You guys are all awesome!

 

Vegascat, I think it's because round objects (which breasts more or less count as) generally have the highlight at the point that sticks out closest to the light source.

 

So, I made some actual progress on projects!  One is for my Secret Sophie which I'm going to resist posting until I've sent it off.  I also started a few new projects, one of which will be my sculpted project for this next Reapercon, but I want to get it further along before I start photoing it since right now it looks like a bunch of sculpey squashed in a vaguely human form on a plaque!

 

But, I am determined to try to make some headway on the dragon.  mainly because I need to get the darn thing off my desk!  It takes up too much space. :lol:

Since I decided I wanted a mirror image of my aurora pattern, I flipped the photo. Then I pinched the wing between my fingers to make sure I had key points mapped out like the points of each of the lines:

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Then I followed the photo and put the lines in:

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Next, the usual.  Filling in pattern:

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Whew.  It is not as much fun the second time around!

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Success! the second one is the flipped photo.

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hmmn.  well, we're close anyway.

 

I also realized I need to finish the undersides of my wings!

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Sorry, I meant to do more steps but got into the groove and forgot.

 

Finally, my nextish project: a diorama featuring Monique and her army of newly raised zombies! I want to try to capture that blue/black moody lighting they always use in vampire movies.

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But all I've managed to do is basecoat her. I'm hoping for a limited palette look, but I might branch out if it gets too redundant and do some glowey red magic effects, like in the eyes.  Maybe.

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aaaand back again!  I'm realizing I'd like to at least finish something this year, but I can't help but bounce around from project to project depending on my mood.  So, right now, monique is calling.

 

I got a bit of highlights and shadows in, just to get a feel for where I need to go with the colors.  I have to admit, I like limited palettes, and I just can't let them go.

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they make me think about how I can bring contrast, without using color.  To me, a limited choice of color is the best way to set a mood.  I love the idea of a dark, brooding vampire chick, lit only by moonlight. The nice thing is, I can still set a base color for each area, and highlight up and down.  My fear is losing my midtones while doing this, so I know at the end I'll be glazing the heck out of it.  I can already see them disappearing in the armor, but for now, I'll keep pushing and go back and shift the tones later.

 

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I put these two photos in because I want to show that it's ok to be messy when painting.  Or at least, to show that I am messy!  ^_^  I do try to blend as I go, but you can see blown up, the transitions are still stark.  I'll fix this as I go on with more and more layers.  I also want to show one of the issues with choosing few colors, and that's lack of contrast between the skin and armor.  see how the plates in front and the face are nearly the same value right now?  that means I have to push the highlights up on the face and breasts more in order to develop my contrast.  That's one reason I love doing wips, because I get an idea of what I need to change that I might not otherwise notice.  I'll try to do a bunch of up-closes on the face as I go to show where I want to put the highlights and shadows.  It's fun working with a 54 mm mini because doing the face is less stressful and easier to demo.

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got a bit more done today.

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So, You can see where I put the highlights to accentuate the cheekbones and facial structure.

 

I got tired of shading and what not and took a break to put on a border pattern.  all kudos to the awesome Jessica Rich who taught me how to simplify patterns.  I still have to tighten and clean this one up, but here's a step by step.  Can you guess what we're making?

 

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Hmmn.  Squares?  what could it be...

 

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Hmmn.  ideas ideas... any guesses?

 

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could it be eggs?

 

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ah hah!

 

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moving right along!

 

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You can see how it's still rough.  I'll go back and glaze more when my hands are less crampy.

 

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So, all I did was take a few simple shapes and gradually add to them to get what I wanted.  Next step, other than tightening the pattern is to go back and glaze the cloak colors over top of the pattern to add to the shading and to make it blend in better.  Otherwise it will look stuck on.  More soon!

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