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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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Scheherazade2c Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011   Digital Artist
Great!
It is a good tool if you know how to use it. :D
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phthalon Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
Definitely! :lol:
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JAMsEye Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How come haven't I faved this drawing earlier?
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Scheherazade2c Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011   Digital Artist
I think you like to comment and communicate with people more than just to fav. :D
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:iconjamseye:
JAMsEye Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Right in the middle! You're absolutely right! I feel like I have no more secret to you now :D .
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limonkaie Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's so realistic
I will not be original but I like the eyes very much
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Scheherazade2c Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks. I guess I made the eyes central point of this image. :)
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joejoemuh9 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011   General Artist
BRILLIANTLY DONE!
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Scheherazade2c Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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joejoemuh9 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011   General Artist
no prob!
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tcwoua Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations! Your entry has been level up to a+ gallery at :iconbestdrawings: keep up the good work! :dance:
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Scheherazade2c Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks! :XD:
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hannahmcgill Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The skin tones look spot-on, especially around the nose. :)
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Scheherazade2c Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010   Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconmerbel:
merbel Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Splendid work!
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Scheherazade2c Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010   Digital Artist
Thank you.
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ZeusEX81 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow:
You have awesome drawing skills !
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Scheherazade2c Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks.
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vxmrtm Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice one! I'd push contrast on the hair a bit to better show the difference between shadow and light reflexes but otherwise its one solid piece of work :)
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Scheherazade2c Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks. Now that I look at it I think you are right. I knew something was missing about the hair but I didn't know what.
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derbz Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Very well painted portrait. The skin tones are excellent, and the level of detail you have used in it has really worked. For me, the highlights on the nose are the best part, technically I struggle with those aspects. Very impressive work.
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Scheherazade2c Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010   Digital Artist
Wow! Thanks.
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MaximumDistance Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful and very nicely done portrait!
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Scheherazade2c Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010   Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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matildarose Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010   Traditional Artist
I *love* how the eyes turned out here. Great job.
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Scheherazade2c Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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Prometeus Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Although I really like the eyes, the outer side of the right eye looks a bit "unnatural" to me; I mean, the eyelid border is very subtle and seems to blend with the eye, although from that angle it should be visible. And about the hair..., I think some smooth strokes emulating disheveled hair would make it look more "natural".

Very nice portrait, indeed. Love the skin tones, and the face as a whole (the likeness is outstanding).
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Scheherazade2c Featured By Owner May 19, 2010   Digital Artist
You are right about eyelid, sometimes I see an error while painting and want to fix it later but then I forget about it. I think I saw this while painting but I obviously forgot to fix it. :laughing:
Hair... well I was too lazy to make it more naturally disheveled. I think later on I learned more about hair but this was first serious attempt.
I'm not sure about the likeness but thanks anyway. ;)
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Da-Blue-Monkey Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You did a fantastic job, I see no wrong.
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Scheherazade2c Featured By Owner May 13, 2010   Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Da-Blue-Monkey Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome.
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Pameleca Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A lot of people say that GIMP isn't good as PS is.
And here you are, breaking this with a great piece of art done with GIMP!
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Scheherazade2c Featured By Owner May 9, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks a lot. :XD:
I made similar comment few months ago, so I'm kinda honored that I actually got one. :D
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Pameleca Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha you're very welcome XD
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luiskaan Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
great colour so good!
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Gymnart Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This definitely looks real. Fantastic!!
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Scheherazade2c Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks, again.
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Gymnart Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:D You're welcome! :D
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samwhelan Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is incredible
I love the way you've done a process for it as well
The eyes are great
and so's well everything else really ^^;
it looks very realistic
how long did this take about?
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Scheherazade2c Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks. I'm glad you like the process.
I'm not really sure how long it took, because I usually forget about time, maybe 9 hours, but that is a wild guess. I don't think it took longer than that.
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