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moonlight balloon - steps by vinegar moonlight balloon - steps by vinegar
just some steps, showing the general doodling progress.. from the first scratches up to adjusting levels to correct the dense of light (i usually don't do it, but here it seemed to work better)..

btw, i used only 3-4 layers for this one. done in painter 7.
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CalamityJade Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
beautiful! :heart:
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scariel Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2006
Aw, the wind blew her apple away and kinda unbalanced the scene a bit. It's still great though, and inspirational seeing a bit of how it came together.
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vinegar Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006
i do agree ;) the apple was an element of balance, but later i changed my mind about whole piece completely and the apple just didn't seem in place any longer..
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Katterrena Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2006   Photographer
I'm so glad that you posted the making of version. Show's the progression of your genius. :giggle:
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miscarlet Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2006
It's very nice. It's funny; I find myself prefering the skeletal stages almost more than the finished product. Just the kind of girl I am, I guess.
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yazmin Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2006
C'est Magnifique!
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lemonfox2002 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
she reminds me of kate winslet in titanic
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copperphoenix Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2006
Even without commentary, this is a useful guide to your technique, especially for those of us still in the initial learning stages for this type of art. Thanks for posting/sharing it! I'd be kind of embarrassed for people to see the initial stages of one of my own works -- I think I lack both your skill and your self-confidence, probably because the former engenders the latter. :) I like the effect of the final adjustment layer; it does do a lot to add to the "moonlit feel" of this piece. It's also nice to see someone changing their mind partway through a piece, and altering the content away from their original sketch -- it encourages flexibility in those of us still feeling our way through the initial stages of learning to do this kind of artwork, to see this kind of change being made by someone whose final results work so well. I also really noticed how much difference the highlight stage made in the image -- it's easier to understand the importance of each step when you can see them at work in an actual picture.

Dang, but pictures like this make me ever more anxious for a chance to try Painter, one of these days! :XD: Does it make a radical difference in your working style, as compared with another digital tool, like Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro? Did you learn your techniques using the traditional artistic tools (real paints, etc.), or directly in Painter? I hope you don't mind my asking. I'm self-taught, mostly, and tend to ask questions of people who seem to work in a way I can relate to and understand, in order to learn from them (you). :)

Thanks again for posting this! :XD:
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vinegar Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2006
wow, thanks for this comment! you can find more of my tutotials and wips on my website if you're curious about my workflow..

i'm self taught too.. actually, i work in painter more like with traditional media. i paint there like with pastels, later blending like i would with a finger or tissue.. photoshop is a bit too "slow" for me.. both in blending and working (low computer ; ) )

don't use paint shop pro, it's pointless.. it's also a commercial program, but way worse than photoshop. i know what i'm saying as i've been using it for one year i think.. photoshop is a bit harder, but has more options.. i always work both in painter and photoshop, painting in painter and adjusting, adding textures in photoshop..

and yes, i learnt all by acquiring some traditional techiniques.. i didn't just start with digital media, i've been doodling in pencil all my life..

let me know if you have any more questions!
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fudging Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2006
I really like it how it was just a boring doodle until the eyes and hair were put in, then suddenly it was awesome. Then it just sort of stayed awesome and you didn't break it anywhere and got you a DD, so congratz :D
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