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Title  Female Elf- Proud Winter
Author  KrishaSnyders
Submitted / Updated  10-16-2004 / 10-18-2004
Category  Elf
Gender  Female
Format  BioWare Standard
My new portrait, her name is Proud Winter, she could be an elf or half elf of any class. Originally from a sketch i drew then i have painted using the computer. I am quite happy with it and i feel i am getting better using a computer to colour pictures. Hope you enjoy her! Update: Fixed right ear, tiara, left eyebrow and right shoulder. Fixed some colouring.


Submitted: 10-16-2004 / Last Updated: 10-18-2004
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Comments (8):

Posted by Phaere at 2004-10-20 06:27:00    
Good luck with those tutorials, Krishna. I hope to see some more of your work here soon. :)

Posted by KrishaSnyders at 2004-10-19 19:30:00    
Thank you. There are alot of things within these web sites i haven't even considered while sketching. I found out that i tend to have the eyes too high up into the forehead and that sometimes my eyes are too large and have an irregular shape! That tutorial on colouring noses is valuable! Now i will know how to shade them properly using the computer(this was one of the areas i found most troubling)! Thank you so much Selvan. I can't wait to get started on my next portrait.

Posted by KrishaSnyders at 2004-10-19 15:21:00    
I am sorry, sometimes i take things the wrong way and to heart, i realise that Selvan was trying to help and i took it too personally. Instead of seeing him trying to help me, i saw him attacking me. I am deeply sorry Selvan. I hope you can accept my apology. I am just a beginner remember and i am getting use to using the computer to colour, i am finding it real hard to contrast and shade the right areas . I have never before this used the computer to colour as you can imagine its very challenging spending days on a work and having only negative feedback. Though i must get use to it, I will try to take it a lot less personal and more as a growth. You have all had lots of experience with your work i can see that i have some of the most talented portrait makers here and i wonder if you remember how it felt to be new? Phaere, i never meant this as a negative comment, I never said it was easy to collage the pieces together i can imagine it quite hard trying to find pieces that fit and look correct but you must admit it does help things look more realistic using real life things than doing it from scratch you can hace the face more symetrical, the colours matching, not to mention great detail? I have quite a few of your works i use within NW, the half drow priestess is my fav. It is quite frustrating having an image in your head of how you want things to look but have no knowledge of how to achieve them. Thank you for your encouragement, i have reviewed the pick and fixed problems i saw. Anything else please don't hesitate to tell me. I'm sorry for the trouble i have caused and i hope to see some more comments from you all about my future works as i strive to improve.

Posted by Phaere at 2004-10-19 01:35:00    
While I agree drawing from scratch is very hard (I have done it myself and know how difficult it is) I resent the comment that pasting armour on a famous person is easy.
It somehow implies that photo-collages are just an easy way out, which is not always the case. I would suggest you try and make a convincing collage and you'll see that that can be quite as difficult as drawing from scratch sometimes.
About the portrait: I feel it needs more work also. The anatomy is not quite right, and it is a little flat in colours. Although comments and critique's can feel a little harsh mostly it is to help you improve in making portraits. :)

Posted by Selvan at 2004-10-18 16:19:00    
Olivia is right. My comment wasn't meant to be discouraging. On the contrary! 'You can do better' means just that. You CAN because there are simple tricks to make beautiful paintings both on paper and (even more so) on a computer. I'm looking forward to your next portraits and I'm sure that in a few months time you'll be looking back on this one saying: 'Selvan was right, I can do better now.' ;)

Posted by Olivia_Chillia at 2004-10-18 15:51:00    
Krisha, I can see why you might have interpreted Selvan's comment as negative, but I think he meant it as encouragement rather than criticism.

One thing you might try (and I say "try" because I don't know how you'll like it) is to edit your drawings in Photoshop. For example, you could copy half her face and flip it, resulting in a perfectly symmetrical face. Or you can use the liquefy tool to adjust parts of the face.

You are improving. Don't be discouraged. :) It is good to see original art here.

Posted by KrishaSnyders at 2004-10-18 15:34:00    
Thank you for your comment. I will try to correct this. You must remeber though she does have her head at an angle therefore her hair will move with gravity thus covering up a little of her ear. Her head is slightly turned to the right thus changing the perspective of her ear thus making it look different. This is not just cut and paste work, this is all from scratch so you can imagine it is much harder than pasting armour onto a famous person. As i have said i do need practice i am new to using a computer to colour. This is my second portrait, so give me a little slack, i don't need comments like "you can do better."

Posted by Selvan at 2004-10-18 00:43:00    
You should work on proportion and symmetry. Her ears look completely different (it's mostly the angle) which is underlined by the fact that her piercings are located at the lower edge on one side and then again at the upper edge on the other side.

Take a ruler (or something) and imagine a straight line from the centre of her chin through the crystal of her diadem - then compare both sides of her face and you'll see...

You can do better.

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