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Sweetie Belle Reproduction by kvernikovskiy Sweetie Belle Reproduction by kvernikovskiy
A reproduction of this here vastly superior CrookedTrees piece:
[link] that I made for learning purposes.

The one on the left is before blending, the one on the right is after. I am not so good with the blending.

Edit: Link's broken apparently. I'm using an un-colored in-progress version of the sweetie belle from this image: [link]
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BlackMorass Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
It's always amazing to see the influence Trees has had on other artists.
Very nice work!
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kvernikovskiy Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, he's not just supremely good at art, but influential, as well. Oh man. That guy.
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phew-mello Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Rarity had Sweetie Belle... ):
Awesome!
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kvernikovskiy Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It just occurred to me that reproduction doesn't just mean 'copying someone's art.' Huh.
Thanks :)
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phew-mello Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Yes, I think so too. I mean, you link to him/her/I-should-really-find-out often enough. ^^
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sharpieboss Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The jaw, the chin, and her eyes/eyelids all have strongly defined lines in the original. As does everything else. When you blended them in some part you diminished and overlapped the boundaries and outlines. Which is ok for a 'realistic' picture, but the overall style is still the same sketchy look.

IMO you need to figure out what to do with your outlines.

I hate to use my own work as examples, as you are a much better artist, but here is an image i posted of an unfinished piece without outlines

[link]

and one with the outlines intact.

[link]

I used the same soft brushes for both, but neither time did i blend an 'outline' with the skin.
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kvernikovskiy Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
In the original, most of the outlines have been blended over/removed entirely, and are gone. (See, for example, the edge of the ear over the background. Just for clarity, the image i mean is the monochrome shaded work-in-progress.) I had stopped working before the point when I would have wiped out all the outlines because er, after some point I couldn't really productively go any further. It would be polishing a turd, so to speak. But thank you for the observation!
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sharpieboss Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
May i suggest that you make a greater use of layers for your blending? Or selection tools. It seems like you are blending over boundaries by mistake. A tip that might help would be to shade it smoothly with blending brushes in the first place, instead of shading with sketchy lines and then trying to smooth them out.
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kvernikovskiy Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh? Blending over boundaries? What do you mean by that?
I've had, er, very limited success with softer brushes. None, really. Certainly haven't found one I like yet. But perhaps I should try that again some. Yeah. I think I'll do that next time.
Yet another case of looking around the various super-artists' logs-and-such to try and find some soft-brush settings to use...
If only there was a Cassette Recorder live-stream I could sneak in on. Well, I suppose there's other artists that do both blending /and/ live-streams. I should probably find some of them.
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