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Portrait Restyled by Scayris Portrait Restyled by Scayris
I'm glad I finally managed to get this one finished. I've been working, or well, trying to work on it for a couple of months now. Took a few sessions of a few hours altogether and I'm quite happy with the result :)

The reason why this painting means so much to me is that it's a step in what I believe to be the right direction towards the maturing of my style. I also love how her eyes came out. ^^

Drawn (finished) on Xubuntu 12.10 using GIMP 2.8.2
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I can see that you prefer a semi-realistic style.
I like her smile and the look in her eyes.
The expression on her face is warm and friendly, i also liked that!

You did really good with her nose, the shape and shades are just working out great!
The shape of the eyes has a touch of your own unique style you should really flesh that out.

But now to the more important part of a critique:

Her skin looks a bit pale/cold i would have tried more warm, red tones.
It is difficult to find the right skin colour and it differs from person to person, but you should spend some time to find it.

Pay attention to the position of her eyes.
It looks like the right eye is falling out of her head.
it is a difficult perspective where you have to decide whether you make the eye shorter, so that it fits in the head, or make it more round to give a 3 dimensional feel (which works in the fewest cases)

Her eyebrows look a bit weird, like they were shaved and start growing again.
They have too less volume, but maybe its her style i dont know...

What bothers me the most is her hair.
The shading is fine, but the hair itself looks stiff and undynamic like it is glued or something.
Give the hair more flow, volume, substance.
The strands at her neck are really thick at their tips and lets them look smeary.

altogether you did good with this one, but there are some issues you should work on to be really successfull with this style of art.

I would recoment you to use some other program except GIMP

"Easy paint tool SAI" is a powerfull and relatively cheap alternative if you have paypal.
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charitylinquist Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student General Artist
awsome any tips for someone trying to learn digital art
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Scayris Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you! :)

Well, digital art is quite a large field.. If you want to do digital paintings such as this one you're most likely going to need a graphics tablet. It's not impossible to paint with a mouse, but you could compare it to cutting down a tree with a fork. If you already have a tablet, great, if not, look up Wacom Bamboo series, those are practical and meant for beginners.
If you really wanna draw with a mouse you could try out some of the vector graphics programs, such as Inkscape. You can use vectors in GIMP too by using the Paths tool, but it has many limitations, making it more of a convenient option than a tool to create an entire image with... Drawing with vectors gives you a lot more control over each line, but it's slower and can get complicated, so you might want to find a few tutorials online before you get started (Google is your friend.)
Assuming you have a tablet I'm guessing you'll be using it with GIMP. First step is to enable pressure, which is done by clicking edit > input devices and then choosing stylus from the device list and setting its pressure option to mode:screen. You can do the same for eraser too. After hitting "save" the pressure should be working and you can start painting!

For some general tips..
Never draw on background layer, make a transparent one over it and draw there. This way you can add a background afterwards.
Using more layers and naming them can really help with keeping things organised.
Experiment with brushes, their size, hardness and opacity to find out what looks best where.
When colouring or shading use Ctrl to choose colour from the painting itself, I do that all the time when I'm soft-shading.

But mostly just practice a lot and you're bound to get a hang of it after a while. Hope that helps :)
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charitylinquist Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student General Artist
thank you I been wanting a tablet so I look that up and the tips do help
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evaogo Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
top shit! :O
men osebno ena boljših! :)
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Scayris Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Hvala :D
Men se tut zdi :)
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