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Portrait Practice - Dark Girl by Caustic-Harpy Portrait Practice - Dark Girl by Caustic-Harpy
Heh, been a long, long time in hiding...been studying and practicing all that time, when not writing. Finally getting to a point where I'm comfortable showing my work.

Gonna start doing portrait requests over at Reddit for fun and practice. This is the first.

Sketched in Painter, the rest in Photoshop.

I'm happy with it. My weak points, I think, are the hair and textures. I need to study up specifically on adding texture to the skin by hand, and different approaches to painting hair. I did alright with the volume of it, but the detail with the comb style brush just isn't doing it for me. I also think I got a little lazy with the shirt's texture.

Edit: If you'd like the see the reference image, I'll leave a link to the original Reddit post. Apologies if it 404's in the future, but I don't want to link to upload the actual photograph anywhere else without permission.

Reddit - The girl I want to Impress...

Around 6 hours work, with short breaks here and there.

Open to serious critiques.

Thanks for looking. :heart:
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PJFriel Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think the texture of the skin is beautiful. Lots of tones and highlights and imperfections in the skin which is very nature looking. I think maybe the highlights in the hair are too bright which is causing some parts to look too "strandy" and other parts not strandy enough, if that makes sense. The shape is great, though. I also like the texture on the shirt. You said you got lazy, but it looks pretty detailed to me. :) Really lovely piece!
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Caustic-Harpy Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much, Shy! :hug:
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PJFriel Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure, m'dear! :glomp:
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3dstage Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
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hermieluver Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
The skin looks great, and I really love the range in value you have here. I agree with you on the weak points, the hair is a bit too shiney, typical Photoshop hair-looking. The volume, like you say, is good, I think that is one of the strong points re the hair. But the strands are too uniform to look really realistic, especially compared with the rest of the image.

I like the textures, especially of the skin. The one thing with the shirt texture that rustles my jimmies is the part around the neck--it looks distorted, as if it's following a drape in the fabric, but there is no drape, just the cut of the neck hole. So it kind of stretches credibility a bit if you look closely.

All in all I think you've got something to be proud of here, you've come a long way and all of your study and practice is paying off in excellent quality work. This also has a great style that really screams "Sav" to me--the drawing is polished and realistic, but it has that something that makes it unique--the combination of warm colors and rich tones is what I think are your strongest style techniques, and this piece reflects that and plays on those strengths.

:highfive:

Also, apologies if my English is sort of crap. Studying Latin + Greek + Gaelic + studied abroad in Italy + English is a weird language anyway = I don't even know what's going to come outta my mouth anymore.
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Caustic-Harpy Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I see what you mean about the texture around the collar. In the actual photo, I read that there was a slight distortion there and exaggerated it in the painting. In my mind, the collar is tenting out a bit, away from the chest, but I didn't do enough to establish that it's actually happening. So yes, point well taken.

Ahh, I love working with these dark saturated colors...I've taken to working from the shadows up to the highlights, which works great for dark scenes. I just worry I'm going to have trouble in different lighting schemes when they're called for. :ohnoes:

Thank you, Hermie~! :eager: I think you just validated everything I would hope one would gather from it, which is a rare, RARE satisfaction.
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hermieluver Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Always glad to be of service. :smoking:
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RainingPocky Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're back :D Yaaaaaaay!

Anyways, this is absolutely gorgeous :heart:
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Caustic-Harpy Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know, right? I laughed when I saw my last submission was in May of last year. :XD:

Thanks, Pock. :heart:
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RainingPocky Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well it's great to have you back :D I've missed you and your art!
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