Saturday, August 07, 2010

Pale

I love how skin looks in paintings; all the tones blended to make a persons exterior. I think it's such a beautiful, and complex thing to paint. I decided not to finish this piece; I like it as is. The hardest parts were the collar bones; they're soft, and didn't have much definition. Unlike the face, with a lot of tighter brush strokes and highlights. I'm aware that they're not proportioned correctly... ;)

Either way, I left it incomplete, and decided not to fix the errors. It was great practice and had a good time doing this. I am aware that the painting looks pasty and grey; especially his body- but the reference image was pretty much just like that- which is the reason I decided to paint it in the first place; capturing all the tones and shades of a pale persons skin colour.

Done in photoshop using mostly the default "Airbrush Pen Opacity Flow" brush.

27 comments:

salli s. swindell said...

photoshop? really?? very amazing...i love that you have left it unfinished...

Journey said...

don't apologize.
they're good.

Nour said...

This is really good, I like the direction your taking.

Abz said...

Journey, I dont think I did apologize? lol

Adam Knight said...

Man I'd love to see it finished. I really like how it's coming along.

-Jono said...

Love it, amazing quality.

Mahesh said...

You are right. Painting skin tone and textures are the most challenging part.
Here you done a great job!!

lincoln said...

I like the subtle blending of color. How do you approach developing the structure planes?

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Wow this is amazing. You really have skills!

jazzlamb said...

Love the paste-y color palette! Works wonders for this!

Jason Crawford. said...

Hey there Abz.
Wanna say two things.
I really like the warmth that you have captured in the nose and I like the random splatterings/dots that suggest the imperfections of someone's skin.
Well done in not overworking the image - JC

michael robertson said...

really great stuff, man. you really have a huge range, my friend.

Rachel Elizabeth said...

I really really like this one.

matt dawson said...

Awesome work sir! I like the fact you felt you'd got to a place where you could stop and the piece does all you want it to. You really have got a marvelous luminosity to the skins hue, and lovely tone. I remember seeing something on the Lord of the Rings making of DVD which showed an artist airbrushing the dead Sean Bean mannequin. He talked about trying to capture the 3D depth of skin layers, blood vessels and skeletal structure in 2D (which he did to jaw dropping effect). While on the subject the CGI rendering for Gollum made use of 'sub surface scattering' of light to try and show the same effect. You a fan of Lucien Freud's work...? Amazing colours and loose treatment. Excellent work on the blog of late... keep up the pace sir!
PS. Olivia will give me nightmares tonight ;)

Amy C said...

this is beautiful I love how the skin looks almost silvery with its paleness!

Nikolas Ilic said...

Nicely detailed! Rendering looks awsome!

Julio Cappa said...

Good work! great! keep doing things like this.

Wayne B. Medina said...

wow this is awesome abz!!!! I gotta try some of this realistic painting stuff! i love the post below this one as well! keep it up brotha

laila said...

Wow! i dont mind being pale now :) and its perfect the way it is!

Vixen lily said...

this is starting to look great, took a look at the rest of your artwork your really tallanted!!

Justin Rodrigues said...

This is great Abz. love the look of this almost looks like marble.

Gabby Zapata said...

this looks great! even if it is unfinished. I have a bunch of those but i dare not to post em haha. Also, in response to your comment, yep i was going on a off perspective haha, because obviously is all off! :)
love the pastel-ish feel to this.

Jeremy said...

Nice rendering! Skin tone is always challenging but you did well.

Jonas Santos said...

very nice man!!!, i like this style,

a hugh from Brazil!!!

Becky said...

Im amazed photoshop?I wonder if I could at least attempt it hahah.Amazing Abz!

Gavin Goo said...

Wonderful stuff Abz! Really great!

Gorillustrator said...

Wow! the rendering of the skin here is amazing, you've nailed it.