euclase

timeturnervulpes asked:

I'm trying to find references for a portrait I'm drawing, but I can't find one that matches what I want to draw. Can you upload a side-by-side comparison of one of your portraits with whatever reference(s) you used and an explanation of how to use them so my portrait doesn't look like Frankenstein with impossible lighting?

euclase answered:

Sure! It took me a minute to track them down, but here’s a nice straightforward example:

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^ That portrait was drawn using these references:

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The lighting in the references doesn’t match at all, but I figured out how to draw the final portrait in such a way that it looks comfortable and natural.

My advice to you would be to figure out what kind of lighting you want first. Sometimes it gets tricky. Sometimes you’ll start with an image, and maybe it’s a cool pose, and you REALLY REALLY want to use it. But you can’t find anything to use it with.

So you have to scrap it. And keep hunting until you find stuff that does work together. Or at least almost works together (depending on how much skill you have). Sometimes you end up photographing your own body parts. Or making your dad sit in a chair so he can be Dean Winchester. :P

But pay attention to the lighting, I guess? Lighting is the most important. And pay attention to what your focal point will be. With the Benny portrait, I found a face I really liked, but I didn’t have a body to go with it. So I had to go body hunting. That happens a lot.

And if I don’t care about body hunting, I’ll just fake it. Like here’s another example where I sort of faked the body (and also the top of the head):

^ That portrait was made using this reference, and you can see how I changed things and what I emphasized when I got to drawing:

Sometimes I completely fake the whole body, which is okay, because if I do a good job, hopefully you won’t even notice. Like this:

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I draw fake bodies all the time. It’s terrible. :O

I hope that helps you! It takes a lot of practice—not the drawing part so much, but learning how to tell what looks natural.

euclase

Anonymous asked:

Not sure what kind of game you think you've got going here but it's quite obvious you're manipping these. I'm a professional designer and I know what a manip job looks like and these are a combination of paintover, blendwork of actual photos and tracing. You don't even do it that well because I've seen better cheats. The sad part is you probably have some real skill judging by your pencil work. But I call bullshit and I guarantee plenty of your professional peers would say the same.

euclase answered:

Whatever, Kenny. I’m still not letting you play with my Thundercats.

euclase:

juliedillon:

dicksweredinner:

juliedillon:

return-victorious:

Oh great, now that we’ve shit on euclase, how about attacking some other people?

Like Randis: http://randis.deviantart.com/art/VAMPIRE-The-Turning-135953158

Enayla: http://www.deviantart.com/art/Hajieelkhe-31663218

Chuck Close: http://www.pacegallery.com/artists/80/chuck-close

Juan Francisco Casas: http://www.pacegallery.com/artists/80/chuck-close

I mean, they gotta be cheating, too, right? People aren’t allowed to be that good, especially women who enjoy painting fanart. You’re slacking! You better go send these people nasty, revealing messages too. After all, you are a professional and your opinion weighs heavily on the minds of the masses. 

What’s funny is that the other woman on your list, Enayla (who coincidentally also does work that caters more to a female gaze), was the subject of an absolutely MASSIVE “she must be cheating/she’s not a real artist.etc” campaign several years ago (2006-2007, I think?). Her deviantart was practically shut down for a while by these people. As I recall, I think the issue was that people claimed she used photo textures in backgrounds sometimes? Even if that was true,  hundreds of concept artist dudes do literally the same thing with photo textures, but sloppier, and no one bats an eyelash.  

Yeaaaaah.

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I think people have legit criticisms on ecluses work being heavily traced and manip’d. Nothing wrong with that but don’t try to pass off stuff like tracing an official photo and beefing up the arms slightly as not just tracing official photos with beefier arms.

Yeeeeeeah actually no. I’ve seen enough of Euclase’s early sketches and works in progress over the years to know she paints these on her own. It’s called photorealism. Her work looks that similar to her reference because she actually IS that good. She’s put the practice in and is good at what she does. Good job making an animated gif, though. Maybe go make some gifs for other photorealist painters who are skilled at their craft, too, and tell them “you’re too good at this skill you’ve spent years on, so clearly you’re a cheater.” 

Nice job on the gif. I’ve got ten just like it.

Here are some better ones:

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Here, this one is really good. It looks like all I did was paste a different head on the guy:

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"I don’t have a problem with tracing, and that’s why I put effort into making a gif to demonstrate that any hate Euclase gets is justified. This isn’t petty or unreasonable at all so stop making me out to be the jealous bad guy. All I’m doing is proving that it’s okay for people to cast similar accusations based on my uninformed opinions. Until she shows some real proof, Euclase deserves whatever she gets."

You actually are an asshole, but I’m a bigger asshole, and I’m used to people like you.

euclase

Anonymous asked:

How do you know which color is best for the lights and which one is for the shadows depending on the tones of the skin ? I'm an artist too and i always have a hard time trying to figure out which color i should use. (Btw, your art is AMAZING !!!)

euclase answered:

The best way to tell you is to show you, so here my friend the former General Obi-Wan Kenobi, who will help:

Skin color (and this pretty much goes for any human skin color in almost any ordinary lighting) is

  • lower saturation yellow at its brightest
  • higher saturation orange/red in the middle
  • lower saturation brown/gray at its darkest

That’s really it?

Skin gets pinker and redder where there are more blood vessels closer to the surface (lips, ears, nostrils, eyelids) and grayer and bluer where there are less, like your jaw.

But even if the person has very dark skin, and they’re standing in some blue light, it’s still pretty likely you’re going to find the same pattern of [low sat, high sat, low sat] or [yellow, orange, gray].

If you’re drawing by observation, and you get stuck, it’s a way to check yourself.

I hope this helps. D:

euclase

hellvibe asked:

Hello!!!! i was wondering if u have any tips for painting skin texture that u could share??? ALSO that being said frick all these people who think ur art is "easy" and "cheating" like one does not simply TRACE texture!! it takes mad skill!!!

euclase answered:

There are two ways I do it.

Keep in mind that nobody really taught me, though? Like I didn’t go to school and learn the right way to do it. I just figured out a method, and it might not work for you.

The first way, I paint some colors, smudge them around to where I want them, and then slowly layer in scribbles, smudging and scribbling until I get a rough, natural look.

Like this:

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The second way, I paint with a soft brush and slowly add details without any scribbling. I still use the smudge tool to blend some, but I don’t push the paint around nearly as much.

Like this:

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The first way is a lot more like drawing with pastels, and the second way is a lot more like actual painting. But they both work pretty well for me. 

Hope that helps!

euclase

Anonymous asked:

Is there any chance you could post a closeup up Dean's face from your latest drawing? And maybe tell what brushes you use?

euclase answered:

Sure.

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And here’s the reference shot I used for his face:

The brush I use for painting is a soft, round brush with opacity and transfer turned on. The size varies. I use an almost identical brush for blending.

euclase
euclase:

Reference + drawing by request. This probably won’t stay up, but someone asked for one of these, and I promised I’d do it. Not as close as I’d like but not bad! Also this drawing was bugging me all weekend, and now I can see it’s because I made her eyes too big, which I have a habit of doing. Especially with so much contrast (I have a terrible time with big bold shadows like that, which is why I’ve been doing more high contrast drawings this year).
Anyway there you go, requester. Hope it’s educational. <3

euclase:

Reference + drawing by request. This probably won’t stay up, but someone asked for one of these, and I promised I’d do it. Not as close as I’d like but not bad! Also this drawing was bugging me all weekend, and now I can see it’s because I made her eyes too big, which I have a habit of doing. Especially with so much contrast (I have a terrible time with big bold shadows like that, which is why I’ve been doing more high contrast drawings this year).

Anyway there you go, requester. Hope it’s educational. <3