Old Guard detail by toddm

Old Guard detail

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Added: Oct 17, 2002
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Some have asked about method:
Set your brush opacity (in photoshop) to 45, and paint away. If I use a photo ref (my portrait and this pic) I paint in a silhouette of the person with a dark color- then start painting in the light with my brush at 45% opacity. This allows you to 'build' the intensity of lights and reflections. I do the same with images created without photo ref (gladiator, girl in forrest, dino hunter if it ever gets posted)- I still use a scanned pencil/pen sketch.

I took the photo ref for this pic at the Renaissance faire in Gilroy, CA. I tweaked it in PS to get the right colors (more dramatic)- and used the eye drop tool when choosing colors. To 'blend' colors, I'll use the eyedrop tool to pick up a color I've laid down at 45 percent-doing this multiple times around the edges of a colored area. I paint in background last. Click ing between ref and work in progress.

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Guest's picture

Lovely loose brush...gives a great effect. I like.

cecil's picture

very nice, balance contrast also =)

silas's picture

incredible, great lighting, and I love the expression Smile

chrisxavier's picture

Thanks a lot for sharing. Digital medium provides so many choices so it is much appreciated when somebody takes their time to explain for us “young apprentices”. You certainly helped scatter some of the confusing fog. I must say once again, terrific image and lovely style. The confident brush-strokes really work well together and the amount of detail is perfect.

Art at its best.