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Old 12-09-2011   #1
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Hi

This is an image from a great photographer, Fred James, who has kindly allowed me to practice my smudging..

Here is the before and after and I hope you like

Best wishes

Ray


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Old 12-12-2011   #2
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I don't know what smudge painting is but I think you did a good job.

Since I have my retouching goggles on this is what I see. You removed the red from the mothers hand and arm but her fingers are still red(excluding the thumb). I also noticed you intruduced something on the little girls left arm that wasn't in the before image.

The catchlights are a nice touch. It seems you extended/exaggerated the shadow under her lower right eye lid, to me that created eye bags under her eye and she looks tired.

I enjoy looking at your art

edit - I looked at another of your smudge paintings and noticed little imperfections you added so ignore my comment about something on the little girls arm.
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Old 12-13-2011   #3
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I don't know what smudge painting is but I think you did a good job.

Since I have my retouching goggles on this is what I see. You removed the red from the mothers hand and arm but her fingers are still red(excluding the thumb). I also noticed you intruduced something on the little girls left arm that wasn't in the before image.

The catchlights are a nice touch. It seems you extended/exaggerated the shadow under her lower right eye lid, to me that created eye bags under her eye and she looks tired.

I enjoy looking at your art

edit - I looked at another of your smudge paintings and noticed little imperfections you added so ignore my comment about something on the little girls arm.
Thanks so much for your feedback....really appreciated.

Smudge painting is where the image has been used as a base to paint on in layers.
If you look closely you will see brushmarks in for example, the hair.

All of the image is worked on and using the smudge tool and various brushes, repainted. It is very time consuming as you have to literally try to paint every part of the picture with the appropriate brush etc...

Inevitably, the brushwork can cause subtle differences to shading, as you noticed etc.

I did try to remove the harsher red cast from the arm...may have missed a little.

As a guide, these take between 5-10 hours to do depending on complexity...

Out of interest I have a selection of stuff here

Smudges pictures by RayGuselli - Photobucket

I hope that you may like some.
Best wishes

Ray
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Old 12-16-2011   #4
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5-10 hours is around the same amount of time it takes me to do a beauty retouch. It seems like a long time for one image but when retouching I loose track and the time just flies by.
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Ray, I took a look at your link and all I can say is: "WOW". Thank you for sharing!
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Thanks so much Jim

That is really appreciated and I appreciate your very kind words.

May I take this opportunity to wish you and all here a wonderful 2012.....

Ray
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Ray, I love the your photos. Could you give me some sort of reference to learn how to do this?

Thanks!
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My thanks again to Tom and Miss Cue

Just added some more to the gallery

Smudges pictures by RayGuselli - Photobucket

For Miss Cue, the way this is done is to create new layers above the original image and to use the smudge tool in Photoshop to paint the image with different brushes and opacity etc..

The best exponent by far of this technique is Scott Deardorff who offers training videos.

However, he also has an on line tutorial

From Photo to Painting with the Smudge Brush :: Digital Image Magazine

His training pages are here...

Deardorff Training | Master the Art of Digital Painting in Photoshop

Scott is the real master of this as you can see and I follow in his footsteps trying to learn all the way, although I have not purchased his dvd's (yet!!!)

My last couple of smudges are as follows: -

Hope you like

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Ray, thanks for sharing the links. I LOVE the photos you've done. I tried to check back earlier, but couldn't find the thread. I finally noticed that on a tab at the top of the page, I could see what threads I and posted to and then I found you again!

I can't wait to start fooling around with this.


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