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i cant do realism in portraits..

Discussion in 'Getting Real!' started by bex, Jul 13, 2016.


  1. basepaint

    basepaint Air-Valve Autobot! Very Likeable!

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    I have a great B&W picture of MM on my computer I'll upload it to the reference folder in the morning for you to use if you like it
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    If you would like and think it might help, your more than welcome to this IMG_2162.JPG I knew I had it somewhere and TA DA! found it,all I ask is when your finished with it you pass it on to another forum member;)
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    Clive Stevens Mac-Valve Maestro! Very Likeable!

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    @bex, whereabouts in Hampshire are you?

    If you’re not too far away, then I could spare you a few hours ‘tuition’ if you wanted.

    Oh, and definitely take up the offer from @The dude, or I will..........:):)
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    Wow soo much advice it's like a gold rush in here. Time to set the brain to sponge mode and soak it all up
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    @bex
    What works for me when iam airbrushing close to realism is not looking at a portret as a face but as shapes.
    So for example a eye is a pulled out circle , with a small circle in it , with straight or curved lines, so if i airbrush those exact circles , lines and other shapes it wil become a eye.
    It is easy to get lost in a portret because the human brain indentifies a face as a complete thing, so if the eyes are nice, your vieuw will make the entire face more awesome and errors will be hard to see.
    Some other tips:
    1.Try to turn around your entire picture and airbrush a portret upside down , this will help being more objective and focus more on the shapes instead of the beautifull face.
    2.If u start with for example hair and the focus is fading away, get away from the hair and start with a eye, this way you can't get the airbush block because u start something new.
    The advantage of this is when u go back from the eye to the hair u will see all more clearly.
    3. If your portret doesnt look good remember that the next one will always look better.
    4. Human eyes get tired when looking at a picture for a long time , remember to take a rest for the eyes for 15 min every hour orsome.
    U will see new errors or new tricks suddenly because your eyes are fresh again.
    5. It is a gift to analize your own work and be critical about it , if u can see your own mistakes means u learned and will do better next time.
    I hope this helps !

    greets Souldog Airbrush
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    Basstrack238 Mac-Valve Maestro!

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