War Paint

February 14, 2012
By valkyrjan, Springville, New York
valkyrjan, Springville, New York
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valkyrjan said...
on Mar. 8 2012 at 7:42 am
valkyrjan, Springville, New York
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Wow thank you so much for all the advice! o_o My art teacher has always said that I struggle with composition haha. I don't how to do all of those things on photoshop but I think you're definitely right about the focus. I'll keep that in mind in my next piece :)

SandWitch said...
on Mar. 8 2012 at 1:36 am
SandWitch, San Gabriel, California
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Nice job with the eye's emotion! She truly looks like a warrior, and the eye just gives everything a fiery, yet cold feel!

First off, the composition is great! The hair frames the face and the blood nicely. The eye falls almost exactly on one of the intersections of the thirds, and is very detailed and well-done! The iris' orange color reminds me of a flame, which really enhances the emotion of this piece. Although the eye is beautifully painted, it makes the rest of the image look a little bland in contrast.

While the eye is highly detailed, the rest of the face seems a little two-dimensional. This might be due to a lack of cast shadows. The hair should cast a sharp shadow, which would help make the hair look like less of an afterthought and help it blend in more with the face. Plus, it makes everything a million times more dramatic, so it's two birds with one stone!

On the topic of shading and values, the brightness is a bit too much in some areas, such as in the brow and on the cheek. It gives way too much contrast from the light face to the black hair, and makes it seem like the hair is just pasted on. It’s generally not a good idea to use a bright, pure white. It just gives a feeling of an overexposed photograph. Instead, try darkening everything, then use white as an accent. Once again, it gives an awesome, dramatic feel to everything.

If you really want to focus on the eye, give it more contrast to anything else. The color in the eye already gives it some contrast, but tones and values are more effective than color, so play with lighting and contrast. Another way is to not make everything else as sharp. For example, the hair (and fur) shows separate strands very clearly, which draws too much attention to the hair.

As for the blood (I’m guessing it’s blood; if it’s actual war paint, correct me), it‘s like the hair – it looks pasted on. There’s an easy way to fix that, and it’s to paint the blood on a layer set to multiply. It’ll make the blood seem transparent and more realistic, especially in the areas where the blood is scattered and not as thick. If blood acts like water, I don’t think blood would actually scatter like that. I do, however, love the physics and nature of the thicker blood. I haven’t seen blood that’s shown as getting more opaque or more transparent. It really shows that the blood wasn’t a random splatter and adds so much more story to this piece! Great job!

Your greatest weakness here is the contrast and where the attention is drawn to. Remember that the eye is drawn to places that stick out (i.e. more detailed or more contrasting). Too much attention everywhere confuses the eye! Despite this, you pulled the piece off well. The anatomy, as far as I know, is spot-on, and there is a lovely use of a limited palette and repeated colors! The last thing I would recommend is to cycle throughout your image. Never put all of your focus on one area for a long period of time. Awesome painting and good luck in your future art!


valkyrjan said...
on Feb. 27 2012 at 4:00 pm
valkyrjan, Springville, New York
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I used my tablet to make it on photoshop :)

Birder SILVER said...
on Feb. 27 2012 at 1:28 pm
Birder SILVER, Waterboro, Maine
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Favorite Quote:
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, unless they do unto you first, then open a can of unto on to them."

"Obey the ninja."

"What's that? And why does it say snickle tickle?"

What did you make it with? I can't figure out if it's like paint or pastels or what. D:

valkyrjan said...
on Feb. 26 2012 at 10:22 pm
valkyrjan, Springville, New York
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Thank you! I was actually not sure if I liked the shadowing/if there was even enough of it, so I appreciate the compliment.

valkyrjan said...
on Feb. 26 2012 at 10:20 pm
valkyrjan, Springville, New York
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Ha the eye is what I spent the most time on. This took way too long though XD

Birder SILVER said...
on Feb. 26 2012 at 5:36 pm
Birder SILVER, Waterboro, Maine
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Favorite Quote:
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, unless they do unto you first, then open a can of unto on to them."

"Obey the ninja."

"What's that? And why does it say snickle tickle?"

This is really good! Wish I could draw faces like that. The shadowing was done perfectly. Keep up the good work!

on Feb. 26 2012 at 2:41 pm
Prometheus PLATINUM, East Aurora, New York
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This reminds me of Princess Mononoke :)  Love the eye.  Rule #4: always check out Bee's work, cause it's insane.  And the list goes on...


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