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Color test
Found out that Rubens used a green underpainting for his pale nudes, and figured I'd try and see if I could do it in photoshop.

Here's the underpainting:

Here's the end result (oh god ignore the halfassed background and the face please...I think her parents were also cousins.)

No ref. I should learn to use them. :P

Current Mood: artistic artistic

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thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: May 11th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Why thankie! Glad I could be of service :3 Actually I took some screengrabs to hopefully make a tutorial when I'm not so wiped from drawing >_<

And nope nope, but thank you for the compliment. I've been practicing a bit by looking at anatomy books and master works and trying to "remember" where everything goes.
From: captainq Date: May 11th, 2008 07:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Oi, I hate ref too. S'what I get for copying photographs for so long. But...I'm finding ref to be my friend. Fills in the gaps for what I don't know, and I'll never know everything, so...
vantid From: vantid Date: May 11th, 2008 09:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Nothin wrong with using references or even copying photos (like stock or your own). :3

Thorn: Your bounce light is delicious.
From: captainq Date: May 11th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hehe, I know...but directly copying photographs is all I did for a few years(I never traced, mind). I decided I didn't want to copy photographs again until after I'd learned how to express my own ideas.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: May 11th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! That was my favorite part :) (especially on the belly but I think that shows...)
doc_halfmoon From: doc_halfmoon Date: May 11th, 2008 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Nice work!!! =D Personally I don't like Rubens' style, cause I find it a bit too intricated and unreal (and there's the simple reason that I don't like baroque in general ;) :P XD

Anyway ... that's a interesting experiment! I like the result (specially because you didn't use any reference)! =)
I'm not that good with shadows ... :P ;D

Anyway It's not a bad thing working without references, I often draw in that way; Rarely I use references just to "copy" some very small details that I don't precisely remember. I always compose figures reconstructing them in a mental process (just like Castle Sforza: no references ;)
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: May 11th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw I love baroque XD Specifically for the detail.

I'm excited to see progress on the Castle :D
nambroth From: nambroth Date: May 11th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's glorious!!

How does one do an underpainting digitally? I mean, do you use layers and set the overpainting to overlay or something? *clueless!* I'd love to experiment with underpainting things but I don't know how.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: May 11th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just posted a tutorial on DA and my journal showing my process, I hope this explains it for you! It's just a matter of controlling opacity :)
stokerbramwell From: stokerbramwell Date: May 11th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
So soft and curvy! <3
sabarika From: sabarika Date: May 11th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
No ref?? Well damn lady, you don't need it. o.o; Your anatomy is killer. I like this a lot, thanks for sharing. :D
henriekeg From: henriekeg Date: May 12th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's awesome how these painters found out there's actually things like blues and greens in shade, without EVER seeing any photo references or whatsoever.
And keep on posting stuff like this, I'm totally loving it!

Personally, I love Rembrandt's work :) I should go and have a look at his work once next time I'm in Amsterdam.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: May 12th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love him too but everytime I try to color emulate his stuff it turns out really..green for some reason. I think it's the yellows I'm using. But I've also only done it with real media so its probably my inferior paint (which is /very/ possible XD)

I think that will be next on my list.

And glad you're enjoying it! :)
tanidareal From: tanidareal Date: May 14th, 2008 09:18 am (UTC) (Link)
That's very nice! I like it. :)
Please keep on posting things like that. ^^
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