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Need help with people, shadows, and clouds!

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Need help with people, shadows, and clouds!

Post by pjhamel on Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:46 pm

Hello all,
No, I have not disappeared off the face of the planet. I have simply been too busy to come on here and post(though I have been browsing whenever I get the chance).
That being said, last night I was brainstorming and came up with a quidditch design inspired by the Harry Potter books and movies(I'm a bit obsessed with them). The only problem with this design was the fact that I cannot paint human figures at all, so they looked terrible. I am also horrible at shadowing. And I had no gold, so the hoops had to be a mixture of orange, yellow, and light brown.

Here is the first attempt:


Does anybody have any suggestions on how I can properly paint Harry, Ron, and Malfoy so that they do not look so wonky? Also, any tips on shadowing?

Thanks!

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Re: Need help with people, shadows, and clouds!

Post by Wildcatfin on Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:15 pm

Couds are my FAVE, def make any sky scene. I did them for the illusion book and in all spooky/ sunny designs etc.

I do a white 'M' with an extra1/2 'M', if that makes sense, as in a line with 3 bulges, all diff widths/ heights. Depending on purpose, I use a strong white (like Wolfe/ dfx) for this.
I even do a 'cloud fairy' as 1 of my main quickie faces!

Then drag blend it down either with a clean/ white sponge, OR the sponge of the colour it goes over.

Do a few overlapping it (you kind of have to overlap downwards, like scales) but make sure to leave enough base colour to show the coolness of it.

was with pearlier/ less strong whites that sort of blend into the back a bit more


This is my 'Twighight' face - scuse the iffy wolf I keep meaning to look up a photo to copy!
Also dark clouds, in black or purple, look cool for sunset/ creepy stuff.

Never fails to get an oooo even tho it is SO simple!!!

Cat x


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Re: Need help with people, shadows, and clouds!

Post by wmeventservices on Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:19 pm

Beautiful Cat!

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Re: Need help with people, shadows, and clouds!

Post by AngieAnders on Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:47 pm

This has been helpful to me too Cat, thanks! I am doing a belly painting tonight and want to do some daytime clouds. Was having trouble making them look distinct and carefree at the same time!

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Re: Need help with people, shadows, and clouds!

Post by pjhamel on Sat Jan 22, 2011 3:10 pm

Thank you so much. You can"t even see my clouds. I will definitely have to get a pearlier white. Which brand would you suggest?

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Re: Need help with people, shadows, and clouds!

Post by Wildcatfin on Sat Jan 22, 2011 6:07 pm

If you can't see your clouds go more opaque, like wolfe white/ dfx, they don't 'sink' into the background.

If you want wispier see-though clouds go pearlier. I love Grimas pearl, Kryolan perl-mut (you can heardly seen them at ALL though, best to use over a pale white like snaz or paradise for a sheen). Snaz white prob pretty pale too actually, it tends to melt in... I used to use Snaz sparkle white for stuff but haven't had it for ages now, maybe that for pale ones?

Cat x

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Re: Need help with people, shadows, and clouds!

Post by pjhamel on Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:48 pm

Thanks. I used all paradise for the ones above, and they turned out horribly(you can't even see them). I will have to whip out the dfx and try again.
I've been working on my people too. I will have to try the design again sometime tomorrow to see how it looks with the improved people and actually visible clouds.
Thanks for your help, Cat!

P.S., I love the twilight design!

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Re: Need help with people, shadows, and clouds!

Post by Wildcatfin on Tue Jan 25, 2011 4:49 pm

Hmm, paradise should be fine, is it too watery or your under-paint is too wet? or too close in shade? I tend to use a darker blue in places/ purple so there's more contrast...

Cat x

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Re: Need help with people, shadows, and clouds!

Post by AudreyG on Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:43 pm

I am struggling with people also! I have such a hard time making them look realistic! Sad

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Re: Need help with people, shadows, and clouds!

Post by ablissfulaffair on Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:23 pm

Thanks for the cloud lesson CAT!!!!! Smile Soooo good!

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Re: Need help with people, shadows, and clouds!

Post by Lauri Strandell on Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:14 am

pjhamel wrote:Hello all,
No, I have not disappeared off the face of the planet.

Thanks!
I know! you're on 5 minute TAG ? ! ?
I'll read the rest of your post now!

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