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Posted: 08 April 2013 07:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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After reviewing @chohole's tutorial on her website, I retextured the tshirt in the Odd Outfit. I used patterns from colourlovers.com and attribution for the patterns I used goes to joeseven. I also used the EHSS for the skin. I know it looks like one of those really bad portrait shots for school pictures but it's a work in progress smile My next step is to improve the appearance of the hair. It's very flat looking although that could just be my lighting setup. Does anyone have suggestions for hair shaders? This is a lot of fun by the way wink

Edit: I haven't done any post work yet.

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Posted: 08 April 2013 08:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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If I were still able to do art the old fashioned way, by hand, this would count as a sketch. Anybody got any input on the pose?
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Posted: 08 April 2013 09:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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Sithkitten I like the pose. It turned out good. As for the hair where can you get it? Is it a freebie or paid product?
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Posted: 08 April 2013 09:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 34 ]
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Sith I am no expert but I found with poses the hardest thing is to get the "stiffness" out of the character. Maybe a slight bend at the neck and wrist and the hair is a bit to symmetrical, I know when I was working on a pose with a gal holding a sword just by moving a finger a little bit would change the whole look....I also recommend standing in front of a mirror to see the little body cues you give off, just make sure no one is around or you will get some ...remarks grin
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Posted: 08 April 2013 09:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 35 ]
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the most common thing I see with many poses that don't look natural are the Collars haven't been touched.Dropping the Collar bones instantly adds a relaxed start to the pose. Only tension in the body movement should dictate how far they then come up, reaching up, out etc.
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Posted: 08 April 2013 10:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 36 ]
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Progress so far.
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Posted: 08 April 2013 04:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 37 ]
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Tweaked the shoulders a bit, but changing the camera angle made me even happier.
@Ilena52: it's the Pure Hair: Lovely. Unfortunately not free.
@Szark: have you been talking to my dance instructor? I read your post and could hear her in the background, saying "Drop your shoulders!"
@nreed: Agreed. I have a heck of a time with the stiffness, because I can never pin down what part doesn't look right.
Think I've got the pose part okay now, time to concentrate on the textures. Unless, of course, someone sees anything glaringly obviously just not right. smile If so, by all means, let me know!
Man, I'm a doofus today. Forgot to attach the modified pic.
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Posted: 08 April 2013 08:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 38 ]
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Good start, everyone! It's interesting to see all the different ways people are approaching this theme...

@Cyonix: the character looks good.
@bluemoon: great start! Not sure what's the cause of the lighting problem, though.
@BWSman: very cool image... Wondering what you'll come up with next! wink
@NV Oracle: I hope you will join! Still plenty of time...the deadline is April 30. Just one item needs to be untextured or retextured. Not even the main item, necessarily, though it should be an important item.
@Jindi: personally I think the reflection looks great.
@stormlyght: nice job with the texturing! As far as the hair is concerned, I have a hair tutorial (link in my sig) with some tips on that. wink
@ilena52: the tree bark looks nice...is that the part you retextured? Her eyes have an odd glow to them...not sure if that is intended.
@sithkitten: I definitely think the pose is better in your latest than in the previous version. Curious to see how this develops...

Keep up the good work, everyone!
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Posted: 08 April 2013 08:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 39 ]
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Loving all the work I see so far. This looks to be a great contest this month.
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Posted: 08 April 2013 09:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 40 ]
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Scott-Livingston - 08 April 2013 08:40 PM
Good start, everyone! It's interesting to see all the different ways people are approaching this theme...
@stormlyght: nice job with the texturing! As far as the hair is concerned, I have a hair tutorial (link in my sig) with some tips on that. wink


Thank you! I'll be reading your hair tutorial smile
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Posted: 09 April 2013 05:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 41 ]
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Thanks for the feedback and yes it's fun to see all the different works in progress.

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@Sithkitten, I knew there was something odd about that horse... smile Thanks for pointing out the missing tail, I'll have to see what I can do about that.

I agree about the angle, the tighter I went in on this the more it told the story. Also agree about the inside of the vase and I think the problem is that it doesn't actually have a base so a circle of wooden table is reflecting up. I hope to have more time to play with this on the weekend.

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@stormylight, I like the patterns and colour combination of that outfit. I look forward to seeing the finished renders from you and everyone else here.
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Posted: 09 April 2013 06:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 42 ]
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Scott-Livingston - 08 April 2013 08:40 PM
Good start, everyone! It's interesting to see all the different ways people are approaching this theme...


@ilena52: the tree bark looks nice...is that the part you retextured? Her eyes have an odd glow to them...not sure if that is intended.

Keep up the good work, everyone!


No. It's not re-textured . Aiming to do it though. Which is going to be a challenge. And if the tree fails I guess there is still her clothes. No it's not intended. Her eyes are white and around the eyelashes it's all thick black. Still banging the head on how to fix it.
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Posted: 09 April 2013 06:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 43 ]
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sithkitten - 08 April 2013 04:47 PM

@Szark: have you been talking to my dance instructor? I read your post and could hear her in the background, saying "Drop your shoulders!"
There may have been words exchanged. LOL
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Posted: 09 April 2013 06:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 44 ]
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Ilena52 - 09 April 2013 06:03 AM
No. It's not re-textured . Aiming to do it though. Which is going to be a challenge. And if the tree fails I guess there is still her clothes. No it's not intended. Her eyes are white and around the eyelashes it's all thick black. Still banging the head on how to fix it.
Take a look in your Texture folder for the Eye parts. Find the Eye lash trans map for a figure. And then make your own transparency map for the lashes. We will help you as much you need.
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Posted: 09 April 2013 07:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 45 ]
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Ilena52, when you get a chance, I'd like to see a close-up of her face to get a better sense of what's going on with the eyes.
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