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study for a figurehead by ceruleanvii study for a figurehead by ceruleanvii
something I've been playing around with - I'd like to turn her into a ship's figurehead that comes alive during a storm. Haven't decided if she'll be carved wood, or painted, or both.
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SannaKore Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I love that you have an interesting story for her! she looks amazing!
option-b Aug 16, 2011  Professional Artist
Seriously, like WOW! Love how you've done the skin!!!
quickreaver Aug 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oooh, I like the beginnings of the wood textures...
AutumnEmbers Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks good but I think what's throwing me off is the texture not matching up with the lighting you have on the figure. That and the lighting on the hair is more intense than the figure so it doesn't look like it's attached.
ceruleanvii Aug 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
yes the texture is just thrown over the greyscale to see how wood would look. If I go with wood vs cracked paint the whole thing will be painted by hand. The hair will have to be solid wood... this is getting complicated.
AutumnEmbers Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, well that would be cool. And yes it does sound really complicated. o_o But I'm sure it'll turn out well. =)
Eli-Hinze Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The wood actually looks really neat. I like it, personally. :)
priteeboy Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, making her look "painted" would be a challenge, since you wouldn't be able to use the realistic skin tones you're used to and it would actually have to be fake-looking. Can you make it look fake without it looking bad :giggle:

Reminds me of how I learned that many of the beautiful white statues and carvings found in ancient Greece and all surrounding areas with similar history, weren't actually like that back in the day. Apparently they were painted with horrid, bright primary colours mostly and looked rather toy-like...what were they thinking :lol: Some things get better with age I suppose :) I do like the wooden texture, it makes it more unique.
ceruleanvii Aug 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
yes it will be a challenge... Figureheads usually seem to start out as painted, and the weather and sea wear down the paint. Sometimes it's cracked and you can see wood through the cracks. And I want her to be coming "alive", so that would imply the glow of skin... so I'm not sure what I'm doing yet!
KerovinBlack Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful work :)
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