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Blood and Gold: Progression by MelissaFindley Blood and Gold: Progression by MelissaFindley
This piece is a portrait of artist *quickreaver that I did for pixelbrush.net's Faces event. Check out the final version of this painting here: [link]

Since I had to show my progress in stages as part of the event, I decided to put it all together to show how this went from initial sketch to final product. You can see how ridiculously often I change my mind on things, from the design of her necklace to the way she's holding the glass (although to be honest, I wish I'd stuck closer to the hand in step three and four, but I've never had a hand give me as many difficulties as this one did.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
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Dkelabirath Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
I actually prefer step three - it's less refined but it has an impression of voluptuous decadence to it that a queenly vampire might have.
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Dkelabirath Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
May we please feature this resource over at #ClanVentrue?
It's great to have readily available tutorials, and we'd love the final version too.
I think that they'd be popular amongst our vampire-appreciating members.
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Nervosix Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
the portrait reminds me of Eudoxia in the book. I like it alot, well done.
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LonnKev Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really awesome. 8D

How many layers did you use here?
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lonelytrepidation Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
this is really awesome!
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Riana-art Featured By Owner May 17, 2008
Dont get my wrong, the whole pic is great, and very believable facial features and neat colors but the glass...the glass is really eye-catching to me, it looks extremely realistic, especially that the different indeces of refraction are drawn in. You put some great attention to details!
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cocacolagirlie Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sending you this message just to let you know that
i've featured your work in my journal between my Resources features
: [link]
This is amazing :clap::clap:
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MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much!
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cocacolagirlie Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure :D
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allein21 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
It gives me a lot more appreciation for the amount of work you put into this piece....
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CherishedMemories Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
Love how one can see the progression of your amazing talent. :heart:
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SableGrey Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
All I can say is WOW
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SparrowsFlame Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting to look at. I've got a question for you, Melissa. Is there usually a piece of each artwork that you like to save for last? For example, when coloring a person, I like to color the eyes last; it makes them "come alive". Do you have something similar or do you just do it all as you feel like it or when it comes to you?
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MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008  Professional General Artist
It's not that I like to save bits for last... but I inevitably for some reason end up painting hands and ears as the last bits. However, usually I work from whatevers in the back to whatever is in the front. Makes it easier when you're not trying to wiggle backround in around hair. This one was an exception since I decided to add the wall paper in last minute. Hands tend to fall into the "foreground" of most figures, since they're often in front of either the figure or whatever the person is holding... making them the last thing I would work on. Ears tend to come in front of hair, which comes in front of faces--So I paint the background, then the face, then the hair, then the ears last of all. Unless there's hair in front of the ears, then that comes last.
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SparrowsFlame Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Makes sense. Thanks!
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mizzd-stock Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
stunning! I especially adore your clothing designs :wow: :love:
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sfgirgis Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008   Interface Designer
i have a questions but i am at a loss at where to start.
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Nyrak Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! She turned out evilly gorgeous and I just love all the gilt details. And the wallpaper BG is awesome!
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CainKinris Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008  Student Digital Artist
That is so awesome! :) :)
Great work! =]
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