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I love when you paint (anything) KD! Such a great job, lovely tones and ye gods that freehand. Can I be your friend so you paint me stuff :p

 

As far as the skin shown, it covers what are apparently the scandalous bits and is something that would legally pass on an American beach, so I think it's ok.

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in that case, here's the front view for those that my dropbox fails:

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yay!!  Thanks everyone!  Of course you can be my friend, Cash!  It just might take me years to finish anything!  :lol: 

 

for the skin, especially on the belly, I originally painted stronger abs (my friend is a runner and has like the flattest belly I've ever seen.  I have serious tummy envy, there.) but it ended up looking too masculine.  Something about intense contrast on skin makes a figure either look old, or male.  a softer gradation is always better for females.  So I ended up glazing the flesh color overtop of the ab lines and it gave that barely visible anatomy. I'm happier with it!  The take-home is if something isn't working, don't always paint over it.  sometimes it can be nudged with thin layers where you want it to go.

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