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I live again! [Jan. 7th, 2007|05:30 pm]
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Slight exaggeration, I know. But I really need to kick the gears here up a bit more ^_^ I've generally not been around a lot to do so.

What are some things that could be brought into the community to amplify it and perhaps create more participation and posting? I'd like to do that without tearing down the core of what the community is, so don't worry about that, I just want some opinions and ideas :)

Totally separate from those questions I do have a piece I'd like some help and opinions on.

I am working on this one, again, for the Pathfinder's totem card deck (www.pathfindersdeck.com)
It's two satyrs dancing, playing music, generally celebrating :)

*Click on the thumbnails to see the full pieces.*

First and foremost, I'd really like any tips and pointers on painting skin in photoshop.

I have three different samples of ways I've painted his skin, and wondering which one looks better or seems more natural giving the lighting.

Of course, its not too late to critique anything else, the linework, lighting, composition, etc. Anything would be a boon ^_^

[User Picture]From: psistorm04
2007-01-07 05:53 pm (UTC)
yay, more tasty arts ^_^

seeing as Im pretty much unable to crit much - ok except for lighting mebbe *blush* - I thought Id at least give my opinion on the skin. imo the first one looks best, it has the most "alive" feeling to me. 3 looks too grey-ish (lack of blood comes to mind here ;)), and 3 is a bit of a mix. so, yeah, 1 looks best :)

as for lighting:
considering that there is a source of light behind them (clearly indicated by those light rays), Id add a bit of light on the far side of their faces/bodies. a nice touch might be; that if some of those glowy things (omg forgot the word xD) is close to one of the satyrs, it illuminates it very lightly :)

so, keep it up, hun, lookin good ^^
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[User Picture]From: ultraviolet
2007-01-07 06:20 pm (UTC)
WHy wouldnt you be able to crit much? ;)

The thing I am worried about with the first one is that it is too warm, when the lighting itself is cool. When the shadows cast on the skin would still look warm?

I will be working in those little whisps' light on the satyrs more, but im currently workin on the actual shading itself and how to go about it at the moment.

Note, my love for line coloration never ends XD *hugs*

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[User Picture]From: psistorm04
2007-01-07 06:25 pm (UTC)
aah true. well, the first way of coloring would work great as a "base", to add shadows and light on top of, imo. but yeah, its a little too warm indeed, considering again.
considering the lighting already applied, Id have to decide between 2 and 3, whereas there needs to be a bit more light on the far side and a bit more shadow on the close side imo :)
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[User Picture]From: psistorm04
2007-01-07 06:26 pm (UTC)
checked them again: I say, take #3 and add light as recommended, that should work just fine :)
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[User Picture]From: ultraviolet
2007-01-07 06:39 pm (UTC)
I think ive confused myself again.. im not too great with multiple light sources as it is, let alone lots of little ones XD I dont know just how the shadows will work :/
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[User Picture]From: lustforlike
2007-01-07 08:59 pm (UTC)
I think the third face is the best for the picture; the first doesn't match the lighting, and the second matches the background too well and doesn't stand out much against it. It might help if you give him a little blush to his cheeks, though.

As for the lighting... have fun! I don't know how I'd even go about that. It would be very diffuse light in the foreground, coming from several sources like that, and I always find backlighting to be tricky.
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[User Picture]From: ultraviolet
2007-01-07 10:15 pm (UTC)
There is a bit of blush to his cheeks though, maybe i should make it just a lil more noticeable ^_^

And I see what you mean about the first not matching the background and the second doesnt stand out enough.

I guess I'm just gonna have to play with the lighting a bit more . Thanks for the advice ^_^
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[User Picture]From: lustforlike
2007-01-08 08:23 am (UTC)
I'm somewhat colourblind, so don't take the part about the blush too seriously. If non-colourblind people think it's fine, then it's probably just me. ;)
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From: gradic
2007-07-15 10:04 pm (UTC)


I'd forgo the skin and use fur or that just the way im used to seeing them.
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