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[WIP] Laura Palmer Portrait [C+C]

on: March 13, 2010, 06:06:07 pm

Okay so this is my first attempt at a portrait, figured I'd get some input from you guys.

EDIT:
Changed the skin tone, and played around with the mouth.
I need some advice on the eyes, nose and lips.


I used this reference
« Last Edit: March 15, 2010, 07:36:09 am by ChadHachey »

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Re: [WIP] Laura Palmer Portrait [C+C]

Reply #1 on: March 15, 2010, 08:25:27 am
Keep at it! March April 8th 2010 will be the 20th anniversary of the Twin Peaks pilot episode. ;D
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Re: [WIP] Laura Palmer Portrait [C+C]

Reply #2 on: March 15, 2010, 08:59:52 am
Oh man you're right! Gotta finish this for the 8th then.  :lol:

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Re: [WIP] Laura Palmer Portrait [C+C]

Reply #3 on: March 15, 2010, 12:12:10 pm
I'm curious, of the two pictures lined up in your original post, which one is the newest? I want to know whether to praise or scold your improvements : D

kidding, I wouldn't scold you eitherway. Still curious
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Re: [WIP] Laura Palmer Portrait [C+C]

Reply #4 on: March 15, 2010, 12:39:56 pm
The one on the right is the newest one  :P

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Re: [WIP] Laura Palmer Portrait [C+C]

Reply #5 on: March 15, 2010, 10:49:40 pm

Made more edits to shading Not sure how to tackle the hair, any ideas?

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Re: [WIP] Laura Palmer Portrait [C+C]

Reply #6 on: March 15, 2010, 11:05:00 pm
Don't use dithering on skin!

Is there a color limit? Just add another skin tone if there's a problem.

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Re: [WIP] Laura Palmer Portrait [C+C]

Reply #7 on: March 15, 2010, 11:12:24 pm
Nah, I'm not following any color limits as this is my first attempt.
Is there any specific reason why not to use dithering? I've seen many portraits that make use of dithering.

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Re: [WIP] Laura Palmer Portrait [C+C]

Reply #8 on: March 16, 2010, 01:40:01 am
Nah, I'm not following any color limits as this is my first attempt.
Is there any specific reason why not to use dithering? I've seen many portraits that make use of dithering.

As a rule I think you shouldn't use dithering like you would use a regular color. It's best used sparsely in key places, and the purpose is more to add texture then a whole new color.

I suppose it would be acceptable if you were working with like 2-3 colors only. But you have 7 colors there and it seems like your just dithering to for dithering sake :huh:

The result of over-dithering is a flattened look, and it also restricts detail that you would otherwise have room for.

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Re: [WIP] Laura Palmer Portrait [C+C]

Reply #9 on: March 16, 2010, 11:48:46 am
I use dithering a lot to blend colors. ' ___ '

Like helm said in the ramblethread ... ? He said it somewhere anyways: "Dithering is at its best when not noticeable"

Good color blend dithering adds colors that trick the eyes. One of the best ways is to dither between low-contrast colors, for example, or to dither somewhere where the brain notices the edges of two color clusters, to make it less noticeable. Dithering where the brain doesn't 'catch' the bands, is just creating noise and unnecessary complexity.

Aaand that's what I'd like to tell you right now: Whether you want to use dithering or not in the end, THIS is not the time. You need as much clarity as possibly possible when trying to place lighting and shadow in a way to sculpt a face that has likeness to a piece of reference - you don't have room for noise and complexity! Sculpt your image with color clusters, making it work with that, then, if you feel like it, dither the places where the bands/clusters collide.

That's all. Oh and yes.

SCOLD! Your first one was better, rendering-wise. Take your new colors and new shapes and apply it upon the old one, sans the dithering. And do add the eyes, too, they're important reference points anyway.
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