Posts made in December, 2015

Making of Winehouse

Making of Winehouse

Posted By on Dec 24, 2015


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“I fall in love every day. Not with people but with situations.”


As a part of my series called “Royal” I’m proud to include a worthy Queen, some say, the Queen of Soul, I couldn’t agree more.


I started by making a quick sketch and then erasing any hard line that would be in the way when painting, you en up with a few traces of the figure only, and hints of where shadows are.


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Erasing any useless lines is crucial since they tend to show behind the watercolor paintings, specially working with light tonalities, and once the graphite is covered with the paint, its really really hard to erase, if not impossible.


If anyone knows a way to erase pencil after it was painted over watercolor, please share!


I started painting the thing I was scared the most, the hair.

I knew that the messy half bun that is so caracteristically of hers had to be flawless, so emulating nature I went ahead and experimented with Acrylics and Water, lots.


The result was not pleasing at all, the paint didn’t dilute much but didn’t add any texture or form, or at least I didn’t knew a way to get it from it.


So I went back and painted with Solid Black paint, quite a considerable amount.

The tricy part was to guide the droplets of paint trough a rough path of hair strands, and to do that I painted the path with clear water, soon after I placed a highly loaded brush on top and let it drip.


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Skin was pretty straight forward, I became more comfortable with it, and the post process of color pencil here and there sure helps a big deal.


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Making of Heart Stone

Making of Heart Stone

Posted By on Dec 18, 2015

Crystals IV-web



This is a part two of possibly a series i’ll try to make about different crystals

This time I chose the Rose Quartz, also known as Heart Stone or Love Stone.



I started of with two tutorials as resources. One for the modeling of the crystals in Blender.




After that, the real challenge was the material shading. On the first part of this series I made a very basic crystal material.

Then I found another awesome tutorial by Gleb Alexandrov
however his tutorial is meant for Cycles render, I use V-ray, so I had to follow the tutorial completely on cycles, and then translate the effects and behaviors the light has on the cycles material into a V-ray Material, which was absolutely time consuming, but totally worth it, I developed an in depth understanding of vrmats refraction, and translucence.


If interested in the full article click here

I made a variation of the Ice material to appear more like a Rose Quartz.

Looking back at it, I believe I should have added a bit more Translucency and less refractions, to make it more solid looking, and the tone its a bit redish instead of salmon, but it ended good enough on the final picture.


Rose Quartz

Scale is a big factor on this shading, bigger crystals (below) give thicker and foggy crystals, while small crystals tend to be more refractive and clear


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Lastly I needed to get a render pass of the shadows of the skin and the caustics caused by the crystals, this helps incredibly to blend the effect and make it less choppy and CG looking.


Crystals High-web

I could have worked more on the blending by color ramping the shade from tip to bottom, but I’ll leave that to the next project

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Making of Wahmer

Making of Wahmer

Posted By on Dec 9, 2015

watercolor portrait

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Today I started painting an image I had in my immense folder of reference images I have, that inspire me at some point, it was an unknown model at the time, but I manage to find her trough google images.

Her name is Hanna Wahmer, a Model from Berlin, Germany, in the end the painting doesn’t look like her so much, but it was inspirational nonetheless.




I started with the skin like always, and continued adding detail to the eyes.


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I got to a point where I needed to start working on the hair, and oh boy, I suck at it.

So instead of using watercolors I switched to acrylics, which gave me a bit more control over the strands, later I finished it of with colored pencils.

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