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Post by wmeventservices on Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:37 pm

Daisy, do you use a DLSR?
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Post by AngieAnders on Sat Jan 08, 2011 10:29 pm

Terina wrote:Good luck Angie! Can't wait to see your photos...you paint so wonderfully that I know it is going to be awesome.

Thanks Terina! I did it, and I really enjoyed it a lot more than I even expected! The mom sat in her recliner and I got on my knees between her legs. I was imagining that position to be uncomfortable and awkward, but it actually wasn't at all. Her belly was distended enough that I wasn't in her "personal space" like I thought I would be. Cool I learned a lot and had a great time!



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Post by wmeventservices on Sat Jan 08, 2011 10:44 pm

That's beautiful Angie! Congrats on your first belly!
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Post by Guest on Sat Jan 08, 2011 10:53 pm

Very nice!! Why is that child in a cage? scratch Wink

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Post by AngieAnders on Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:02 pm

Thanks! I had lots of ideas for better photography, but none of it worked out. I had planned to take some staged shots with the father and daughter, perhaps wearing a matching facial design, but when I got there the father was sleeping and daughter was in her jammies already, so I didn't get the family photo shoot. The mother didn't have any solid black or white clothing, so we just made do with what she had on. Maybe next time! If I end up doing many of these, I might invest in some one-size-fits-all black material to drape around the mom for pictures.

Shannon, that child needed containment! Razz
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Post by wmeventservices on Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:16 pm

Angie, those cotton stretchy work out style black pants work out great. Buy super stretchy ones in a medium and they pretty much work for everybody. Another artist I know does very natural designs and shoots her photos outside so she keeps tons of different beach wraps that she coordinates with her designs.
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Post by CATZ on Sun Jan 09, 2011 12:27 am

Beach wraps...good idea Very Happy

I just bought an amazing backdrop on amazon with both a black and a white backdrop. It has a frame to set it up anywhere. It was regular $115 and I got it for around $90. I'm going to get a green one too so I can photoshop backgrounds in easier.

Angie, love the bold colours!
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Post by wmeventservices on Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:07 pm

Catz, can you edit backgrounds in with gimp or do you have to have photo shop?
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Post by CATZ on Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:15 pm

I'm a graphic artist (for over 25 years) so I'm kinda addicted to/invested in Photoshop Very Happy

There are a lot of great programs out there that can do a lot of the things Photoshop does. The investment is your time into learning them. I've spent years and thousands of dollars on learning Photoshop and still have only scratched the surface on it's possibilities. Masking out a background is a pretty basic technique though, so I'm sure Gimp or any other program can do that. I just don't know them.

The green screen just makes it easier to 'pick' a colour that the program can mask out all at once. Black and white are colours used in too many of our designs and with highlights and shadows that make it fussier to 'pick' and then 'mask' out. The black or white backgrounds provide excellent emphasis on our designs though.
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Post by AngieAnders on Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:37 pm

Interesting... so green backgrounds are easier to work with in photoshop? I love the program (using Photoshop 7 & Elements 8 now) but I hardly know a thing about it! Learning new stuff everyday though. My daily quote would be "Wow, didn't know it would DO THAT!!" Razz
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Post by CATZ on Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:46 pm

Yes Very Happy

That's why in computer generated movies they have 'green screens' same with local news when they've got weather maps and images going on behind the news guy, he's actually in front of a 'green screen'. If you look close (like I do Very Happy) you can see a slight green halo on their skin sometimes.

I don't learn from books very well, that's why I prefer to take classes. Even if I just learn a couple things it's worth it to me with the amount of time I end up saving.
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Post by JBM on Sat Mar 05, 2011 4:47 am

CATZ wrote:I got mine at Shopper's Drug Mart Kristal. Walmart is probably a better place now that the season has changed.

Here's a design that extends a little beyond the 'circle'...I would have liked to try something like Lone Wolf had done awhile back with going up and down the torso and limbs. That was cool!

I know I'm late to the party on this but I'm hoping to move into bellies and browsing thru..this design is epic I'm a bit obsessed with peacocks right now. You should enter it in this months comp!
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Post by Mehndi Masala on Sat Mar 05, 2011 6:51 am

Love the baby bump peacock! I'm having issues finding a baby bump to paint!!! LOL
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Post by wmeventservices on Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:27 am

Mehndi, I got my first few from Craigslist.
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Post by Mehndi Masala on Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:21 am

Really? May I ask the wording you used to entice your lovely future moms??
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Post by wmeventservices on Sat Mar 05, 2011 12:54 pm

Well to be honest the main word that captured their attention was "free" and I showed photos of my face art and other small body pieces so they would know my skill level before they committed. Doing the free ones was well worth my time and efforts because it gave me the opportunity to make print media to advertise the bellies with.
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Post by CATZ on Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:18 pm

I got my first ones from a posting I put up on facebook. I just said something along the lines of 'Free belly paint for the first person to respond that is at least 7 months pregnant by (date) and can meet me in (town). I actually had two respond the same day so I did both Very Happy

Thanks for the compliments on my peacock belly by the way. I took your advise Riana and posted it on the challenge! I hope you vote for me when the time comes Very Happy I haven't won a challenge yet. I haven't even checked what the prize is. LOL
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