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PP2 - Portrait1 by Scheherazade2c PP2 - Portrait1 by Scheherazade2c
Painting practice.
Two layers; one for background and one for portrait.
Study from photo: [link]
stock :iconfreakingdonkey:
Process: [link]
Done with Gimp 2.7 (development release) with Gimp Paint Studio in Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala.

edit: I changed skin tones a bit. It looks more real now.
Thank you, Ramon for the tip. :icontheshock:
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andreabianco Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very nice portrait! I think a bit more tonal variation on the hair could really make it shine. You did a great job on skin, lips and eyes!

I agree with the choice of using 2 layers, I'm currently trying to complete a realistic portrait in Gimp (it's taking forever) and I'm using only 2 layers too. Well I actually merged everything into a single layer now :)

Bye!
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Scheherazade2c Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks. I didn't know much about colors then but I'm learning slowly now. :)
If I wasn't so unsure about my background skills I'd use one layer too. Painting an image on fewer layers makes painting more natural at least to me.
I'm sure you'll make it with the portrait. ;)
Do you do it first black and white and then add colors? If you do what kind of method do you use to add color (layer modes, effects...)?
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andreabianco Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
I also feel that painting with a single layer is much more natural. I think having lots of layers is often a waste of resources and it can create confusion, ruining the painting experience. Layers are a great way to test out things, to add colors and textures, etc etc, but I try to merge them down when possible and have few.. or just one :)

I usually have 3 strategies, depending on the project and mood:
1- I draw with pencil or pen on paper, scan and then paint over my sketch
2- I start painting in monochrome and then add colors with layers
3- I paint directly with colors

Many of my first creatures here on DA where painted with the second method: I did all the sketching and values studying with black and white on pc and then when things were kinda working I started adding colors. For colors I usually choose some textures or photos with interesting tones, blur them so that no shapes are understandable anymore, then apply them to layers, stretching them, flipping them, editing curves, etc -- the modes can vary a lot, I usually go for standard muliply, soft light and overlay but I also like to experiment with the other ones, it all depends on what looks fine to me :) It's also interesting to note that a blending mode can give a "too much" look but become interesting if dropping down the opacity.

This is an old screenshot of the portrait I'm working on: [link] -- though it kinda improved since then, or at least I hope so :) I like the way lips and eyes came out, but I keep changing the nose and the haircut, poor of her :)
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Scheherazade2c Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011   Digital Artist
I completely agree with your opinion on the layers. I do the same thing, when I have too many layers (more than 3 or 4)I just merge them.
Thanks a lot. I have to try out that photo technique sounds like a lot of fun. :XD:
Yes I know sometimes blending modes do that. I usually slide down opacity of my brush then if needed lower the layer's opacity.

Looks good so far. Try using some reference for nose and see what kind of nose would fit best.
I found this great video on youtube: [link] . (There are 4 parts actually this is the first: [link] ) He use few layers. :D
It looks like the artist made different textures on her skin mostly by changing the hues. I tried imitating that technique recently and skin texture looked much better.

Thanks again. I'm gonna try out your tips. :XD:
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andreabianco Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the feedback! I'm trying to paint the portrait without any reference, for some reasons :) I can visualize the kind of face I want to paint in my mind, it's a fascinating tasks to try to get it out from there and paint it :D

i hope you will like the tips! In this moment I'm recording the voice-over for a GIMP video tutorial which I hope I can publish very soon -- it's a mess, English is not my native language and I would like people to understand what I am saying!
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Scheherazade2c Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011   Digital Artist
Good luck. There is no way for me yet to accurately convey what I see in my imagination, I still have a long way to go. :D
Video would be great. Make subtitles. :laughing: :XD: If people can read and hear it will be impossible not to understand. ;)
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andreabianco Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Eheh that would be a solution :D
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dioscuri Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Fantastic work! Even cooler since it's Gimp!
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Scheherazade2c Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks. Gimp isn't so difficult when you learn few basics. :D
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phthalon Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
very nice :) I use gimp as well!
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