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Hmm. Okay, a few things to say.

Firstly, I have been taught never to use reference - at least, not heavily. It is CHEATING. However, recently I've become aware that not only do a lot of my favourite artists use reference, but also that there are certain things I will continue to do wrong, over and over again, without ever learning. Unless I do some paintings from life or from photographs. Therefore, I have justified this to myself! (;

So... on with the painting notes. I had an image in my head (lying awake around 3am like you do) of a communist girl. Originally, she was going to have big red perspex goggles of some kind, and red rubber braces - y'know, the fifth element kind that go between your legs? Anyway, so she changed a bit since then, and has almost turned into a strange retro/future propoganda poster girl. Which is kinda cool.

I used a stock photo by :kristyvictoria: as reference for this, as well as a few other things... all the others were for very minor things though (such as the cyrillic, which was added in paintshop pro last of all). The stock photo is here - [link]

This was entirely handpainted in Open Canvas, apart from the cyrillic characters which were added in paintshop pro 9 last of all. It probably took around 8 hours or so, in several sessions.

[EDIT] forgot the toestring. Then got distracted by food. Reuploaded. (: [/EDIT]
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an incredible piece of work. Your skill with the brush much impresses me.
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pixieface Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
Thank you very much! :)
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perplitude Featured By Owner May 16, 2007
It`s ok to use reference sometimes, and it gave interesting results here, but too bad much of what works here (the composition, the synthesis, the colors, the anatomy, the plasticity) you didn`t manage to "learn" and have in other works.
Oh, I hate to be difficult, but would be nice that you did more works like this, since you have an interesting imagination I see. Come on, challange yourself more, now that the whole of deviantArt has seen what you CAN do, there`s no more excuses. That is, reference may be useful sometimes at the moment. Or you can use different reference photos and combine them into something completely different. In comics it`s practically obligatory and is called "documentation". But if you do enough real life drawing, documentation and excercises (anatomies, ambientations, anatomies, more anatomies, plasticity, like drawing anything - stack of books, any object, little people in prospective "boxes" from all points of view to learn prospective etc) it`s like slowly absorbing the universe and accumulating "inner reference", and then one day using just the inner one you`ll be able to come up with these same results. Since you do have the inspiration, the eye and the hand.
:D
Anyway have fun in any case,
see ya!
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pixieface Featured By Owner May 16, 2007
Have to admit, this is an old one that I don't like too much. There are many things wrong with it, and imo it sucks a great deal. I've moved on since, and am interested in different things - such as texture and expression, over realism. It is more important to capture feeling and atmosphere over slavish accuracy, and those are the things I enjoy about my more current work.

And the whole of dA has not seen my work at all! I am practically an unknown! Which is kinda how I like it... ;P
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perplitude Featured By Owner May 16, 2007
Obviously I exagerated to make a point. And I`m not sure I made it after all.
The point. Obviously, I do not REALLY care for "accuracy". We do not even percieve the world "accurately" with our senses as we live it, but with emotion, and that`s what interesting to comunicate - points of view, subjective and unique.
But lately I`m doing this art school (of comics) so I`m obsessed with the idea that the technique is like a voyage, like challenging yourself to draw different things from different angles and do absurd exercises... well you start to see things differently and expand your visual "dictionary".
But yeah, no need to burden others with my silly fixations...
Have fun :D
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pixieface Featured By Owner May 16, 2007
Oh, art college! Wonderful! I remember it being an awful lot of fun when I was there a few months back. And they do teach you some great things - things I've continued to reflect back on for years afterwards. :)

I'm kinda jealous. I remember my art college days with joy. :D
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perplitude Featured By Owner May 17, 2007
Well, it`s not so much art college as much as like ... a course?
But it does last 3 years (I`m doing 2nd) and the teachers make us work hard.
And I do learn a lot.
Don`t be jelous because err.. I dunno...
CARPE DIEM! cuz every day is unique :yoda:
as easy as that is to say
:D
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funktrash Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2006  Hobbyist Interface Designer
HA PODNHY ! like the bird. about time lara went commie after that whole paparazzi bizzle with the wee one. now she can shoot people that are disturbing and later say they wanted to subvert the ideals of socialism. you made me proud for my heritage again. even if they suck big time now.
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pixieface Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2006
*grins* Thanks! I'm glad you like it!
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breezee Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2006
damn fantastic yo. missed this one :P
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