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Nymph, wip (contains nudity)

Discussion in 'Works In Progress & Finished Artworks!' started by haasje dutchairbrush, Feb 23, 2015.


  1. haasje dutchairbrush

    haasje dutchairbrush Air-Valve Autobot! Very Likeable!

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    Wood Nymph (mythological female nature deity).

    edit 05-03-2015 Finished painting:

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    Got started on the background of my new project. I thought lets do everything I dislike doing in one painting (foilage, hair, furry critter... only couldn't fit in a wool sweater :p) so I came up with a wood nymph with a linx resting beside her.

    For those only looking for the part between the brackets of the title, be patient, not there yet :D.

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    Last edited: Mar 5, 2015
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    OMG your backgrounds are better than my detailed bits!
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    Can't wait to see it done :)
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    Cool! Me too @ what @littlerick said :)

    Can I ask what size is this piece and what is the paper/board please?

    Nice eraser ;)
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    Will be watching this one .I am always in awe of the work you do .
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    haasje dutchairbrush Air-Valve Autobot! Very Likeable!

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    Schoellershammer airbrush board 4g
    50x72cm (actual painting -2cm on all sides for the tape :))
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    Nice going.....keep the good work!
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    Oooh can't wait, love a fantasy pic.
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    That background looks great! I've been meaning to ask you if you could fit some trees/foliage and rivers/waterfalls into one of your pieces with a SBS. Any chance you've been documenting this one? It's something I've been wanting to paint...a landscape.
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    Lookin forward to seeing this progress. Love the leaf texture in the top right.
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    The background is looking fabulous already. Off to a great start. I love fantasy art and I know its going to be awesome! :)
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    Follow this with a microscope !
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    Not that my eyesights that bad, but a microscope?:laugh::laugh::laugh:!
    always a pleasure to view your works, hassje.
    Nice topic and a great background.:thumbsup:
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    haasje dutchairbrush Air-Valve Autobot! Very Likeable!

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    I haven't been documenting it yet but asthe part on the left is still layer 1 I can still do a wrtite up on that part. No water in it unfortunately. I wanted to do a waterfall in the background but I just couldn't get that to work. Spend half a day messing around with that till I dropped they idea and it suddenly all "got together".

    The write up will be a bit messy as foilage is stil a bit of an experiment for me too. I did it in a couple of pics but still working on "developing a method" for it.
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    haasje dutchairbrush Air-Valve Autobot! Very Likeable!

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    I'll do the sbs of the foilage as I complete steps, that way I can write it after completing the step and still have it fresh in my mind and it saves me having to do the whole thing at once lateron :p.


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    1. Before starting on this I gathered some references of forests (some for shapes and details others for color and atmosphere). I scetched the general shape I want the forest to be in and am now picking different parts from references I like and put them in the painting. As this is "just the background" I didn't make a elaborate scetch and am just winging it as I'm reasonably confident I'll be able to pull that off :D. If one is going for rather safe than sorry draw it all out first.

    I start mapping out the general shapes/forms and lights and darks taking a lot of peeks at the references for idea's. In this case I used a mix of sepia and burnt umber. As I'll be using transparants everything done now will influence what is layered on top including the color. Only sepia would be too cold and I was afraid using only umber would make it to warm as all subsequent colors will also be in the "warm range". So the solution was to mix the two :p

    For the parts where I will have foilage I used a texture FX stencil and some torn appart scotchbrite to lay down some initial texture (this is just filler that saves a ot of time) after that I did a whole lot of scribling to add more texture and soften up the masks (in the end I dn't want it visible that a mask was used).

    As this is nature I ry to keep it a bit chaotic, I do keep an eye on the general balance but try to avoid a designed look. Especialy for the branches in the background i just randomly put some lines down. I already decided that this is the "background of the background" and I'll add some branches going over this when it's finished to add some more depth. If I end up with a part I don't like I'll just cover it up with those branches.

    While doing this I try to keep in mind the direction of the light which is indicated by the not yet visible nymph (important as its easy to get distracted/coppy the light of the reference one is staring at)

    2. The ground was done in the same manner. The debrish on the ground was done after the basic texture/light and darks was in. I just drew some lines with an electrical erasor, added some shadow and fogged them over a bit.

    3. With a pencil erasor I added more texture and tried to get rid of the remaining mask outlines where they were still noticable. This is just some random scribling but I keep in mind my light source and do some more/harder scribling in those area's I want as my lighter areas.

    4. For the ground I did the same only here I was a tad more carefull with the direction I scribbled in (has to follow the direction of the ground). I roughly went over the trees in the foreground to add some texture and the "illusion" of detail. just a few rough strokes will do for this, I don't want to get too detailed here as itis stilla background and shouldn't distract from the foreground later on.

    5. I aded the light beams shining through the foilage with the erasor pencil and a big fat erasor :p

    6. With the electrical erasor I added (scribling) some more detail especialy in the light areas of the foilage and the sun beams.

    7. 1st layer of paint and erasing is in next will be adding the 1st layer of color.
  18. Madbrush

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    Coming along nicely Haasje, the usual quality we expect from you, but I'm asking my self if the background in really necessary since I have a feeling that once the lady is done no one will actually notice it, except maybe the ladies, lol
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    It looks awesome! ! But enough with the background already... let's get to the nudity :)
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    haasje dutchairbrush Air-Valve Autobot! Very Likeable!

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    I think you just answered your own question.... who do you think I'm painting for :p

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