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All in all, if this is an experiment it's a really successful one I really like her crown, with all the little details, and the way you've highlighted it makes it seem very realistic. The hair looks awesome, as someone else already pointed out
Haha, you're as always adorable I actually wanted to make her face more menacing taken the lighting, but decided that this kind of jewelry design doesn't really go with smth evil so I went for mysterious instead. She's a wise ruler, don't worry, you're safe... unless you try to steal her jewels
It's Photoshop CS6. Not that it matters Use whatever program you're comfortable with, those don't do work for you or some secret magic. Same goes for brushes, if you're just learning first get a good grip of standard brushes your program offers and then get to the fancy ones. They don't do magic things either. Good luck
I really like the light source right over top of her, and I think you did a nice job of capturing that with the shadows cast over her headpiece and face.
You really did some amazing work on that headpiece, too. I have little doubt that you did, in fact, study some gold. I've seen too many artist try to give it a flawless shine. Gold is a very soft metal, which scratches very easily, so it basically never has a perfect shine to it. Bravo to you for capturing that! I also love the ear-pieces, with the carvings along the perimeter.
This lady commands respect, and arrests the attention of onlookers. It's easy to believe that she is a Majesty.
Thing I think I like best about this piece is the power in her eyes! (The headdress is pretty amazing too!) The lighting and shadows on her face, around the eyes (eyelids and the reflected light on her lower eyelids) and the neck are beautiful. I have a terrible time with hair, but her hair here has such a feeling of wispy lightness, almost to the point of radiance around her neck.
Oh yeah, hair! I went through stages of being an idiot and drawing each individual hair, then strands, now finally I discovered the beauty of painting in masses and just suggesting details instead of going berserk scribbling each strand individually. Super glad to hear the hair has wispy feeling, that's exactly what I've been going for
heh... sounds like what I've had to learn with my sculpture. Know how interesting it is to try and sculpt "soft" hair with clay? You learn to do waves and movement without carving out every individual hair, getting the right curve so it appears to "fall" right...
Your piece here is especially good with the way the light illuminates the hair from the back/top, and then flows down to the darker layers underneath.
I can imagine that's one hell of a skill to do that. Sometimes I do rough sculpts of figures/objects if I can't figure out lighting and oh boy, that's way more difficult than it seems. And that is taken my goal is not to make a pretty sculpt, but only smth readable enough to give me information about lighting. So yeah, sculpting is a fascinating and demanding medium, well, as any medium is actually. Each has it's tricks and techniques and each is way more difficult than it seems.
haha! You've got that right. I follow several digital artists, including yourself, and you guys make it look so easy... From the little bit of digital drawing I've attempted, I know it's a lot harder than that.
Flip side is, since I've been working with clay on and off for more than 50 years, the forms sort of start to flow from my hands. Yeah, there are lots of technical challenges, and I am *still* learning new things, but it's become a part of me.
That's a fascinating idea though, to use a rough sculpt to figure out things like pose and lighting. Very smart. Have you ever used 3D modeling software to do studies like that, or do you prefer to get your hands dirty with real clay?
Yep, true. There are a lot of art categories people just love bashing thinking it's so easy until they try to do that themselves for serious. When I was just starting out and was a pretty much naive beginner idiot I also considered some categories to be so easy, nope. Now I learned to have respect for every medium, there are truly no easy things in art.
Not surprising at all, every master is a lifetime student. If you think u've learned enough, that's pretty much a sad end. The more you learn the more you realize how little you know and how much more you need to learn.
I definitely want to learn ZBrush, people say it's like sculpting. For now it's getting to work with my hands in real life. Not clay though. Wait for it... plasticine! Weeee, elementary school all over again. It's just the fastest and cleanest way. Not helping with the pose, 'cause a sculpt would need to be really precise, but great for complex lighting. You just reduce a figure to some basic shapes (pretty much what is taught at anatomy courses, boxes and cones and all that good stuff) and voila, done!