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DRAW ME: Rainbow Blight by PaulSizer DRAW ME: Rainbow Blight by PaulSizer
Over at the WHITECHAPEL boards this week, there's a thread called "The 'Draw Each Other' art challenge thread", where WhiteChapel members post photos of themselves, then art types draw pictures based on those pictures.
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It's yielding some really cool images, so I decided to jump in and contribute some of my own, based on some of the more interesting and emotive shots.

Here's one for Whitechapel poster "Rainbow Blight".
What can I say? She's a rockstar! She has awesome anime hair! She has excellent taste in clothes! Trust me, I've been to her site, and this is about the tamest outfit I've seen her wear!
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DarkKnightJRK Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome stuff, sir. Love the little FA plug in there, too. :D
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russiantea87 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009   Writer
okay now that's irrefutable in its awesomeness right there
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you think so, and yes, she IS awesome (the real one, not just mine!)
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russiantea87 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009   Writer
I tried to find her, but the link didn't take me to her specific picture. I was hoping to use her as a reference.
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Here's her band's MySpace page: [link]
Lots of cool photos there...
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russiantea87 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009   Writer
Hey you wouldn't happen to know where I could find pictures that would be good references for a steam punk honkey tonk would you: it's inspired by the Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, The Clash, and The Smiths, and it looks like the city of lost children. Sort of...it's sort of like the insides of the Castle in SteamBoy: half of its steeped in stagnant slurry.

It's an awesome opening scene for the character, Tean: his character image was inspired partly by the Misfits, but there's a definete Sid Vicious aspect in his personna as a guitarists.
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
For a start, you should check out images for a nightclub/bar in downtown LA called The Edison. It's really cool, and you can take a virtual tour here: [link]

Might not be exactly what you're looking for, but it's pretty cool and maybe a good place to begin.
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russiantea87 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009   Writer
You know, you're a pretty ginch fellow, Paul: there's several professionals who would just write me off, but that's not your kind of inclination. That's really cool of you. Thanks.
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome. There's plenty of jerks already; I always try to not be one.
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rainbowblight Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
How frickin' awesome are you?? I'm snatchin' this badboy and putting it up on our myspace with a link to your site. You're the man! The MADMAN that is. Love it. And I just may post that jet girl shot in Whitechapel. My front door is made for grungy late night photo shoots, apparently!
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, if you want, send me your band's name, and I can make you a version with the band name in the background. Or if this works as is because it's just you, that's cool too.
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Paste it/post it wherever you want. I had a blast doing it. I kind of wished I could have given you a different costume, but the leather pants/tank top is just so classic! Glad to hear you dig it, it was my pleasure.
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Nemonus Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
Awesome! She's full of attitude and I love the grungy background.
This "draw me" concept could easily be imported to dA!
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Now THAT would be interesting...
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Nemonus Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
It would. On the site where this started, was everyone who posted a picture of themselves oblidged to draw, or was it more of a free-for all than a trade? (I glanced at the forum, but am trying to figure how it would work here--unless we made a forum for it, in which case it would, naturally, work the same way.)
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
It really just started with a group of people posting pictures of themselves, then "challenging" others to draw from them. Not everyone who posted their pics was an artist, but most were. I think it just grew to everyone posting more and more images that were specifically there as drawing fodder.

The forums on "The Drawing Board" used to post a weekly image of a person/movie star/model and let everyone do an interpretation of the image as a week long exercise. It was totally open to all styles, interpretations, etc. It might be interesting to have a controlled, moderated group like that here. The fun thing on the Ellis boards was there were so many pictures to chose from, you could pick the look and person that interested you the most.
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Nemonus Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
"Moderated", I think, is the key word. But if you're ever interested in starting one here, count me in.
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luqkhyjonas Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
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timthecat Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Whee first crack at makin' a crack.

Paul what can I say, the color is lovely. your pallet is kept simple yet you run though the temp side of things going from warm vibrant reds to the cooler blues. the flesh tons worked out lovely as well.

A question, did you color the main figure first and then lay the layers over her. or was it all had mixed on screen. Assuming that you did this digitally ocourse.

well the is all for now


timthecat out
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Yes, you are correct; I colored her first, using pretty accurate colors, establishing shadows, adding some highlights and shine-marks. Then, I add layers of gradated colors, set to various settings (multiply, soft light, vivid light, etc.) and also experiment with layer opacity on the color layers.
All in all, this picture had 5 layers; the figure, the background, the grunge elements, and two color layers for the lighting. I always try to keep things simple, no more layers than I really need. Actually, I lied, there's 6 layers, one for the type.

I have been trying to experiment more and more with how flat color layers can unite the overall colors of the piece. Even though I colored her pretty normally (skin tones, clothing colors, hair), an overall orange tint helped make the palette visually synch up.
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