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Post by PietFrancke » Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:26 am

Benedikt has been lonely long enough...

This model stands an inch tall and is made of resin (plastic). The characteristics of plastic are very different than metal. Metal reflects light, but plastic will absorb and be translucent (note the thin shield for example, and the fact that the hanging sword can be seen through her dress.


The first image is pretty much what we get out of the camera, after ACR adjustments anyway. Here she is in all her glory, covered by glue spots, dust, and spider webs.
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The first task was to run it through Nik silver effex, to produce a grey scale image. Then the next step was to clean the image up as much as possible using a mixer brush to blend undesirable detail away.
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I am undecided if I wish her to have milky white vampire type skin, or a healthy outdoor type glow. She has pointy ears, but should she be blonde, dark, or red? We will see, Conan would want a Belit milky white, but I do not know about Benedikt..

I will go very slow with this one, I see a giant orb spider in her future.

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Post by Matt Quinn » Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:56 am

Pale blue skin and blond hair -- my vote. Can't wait. Matt
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Post by PietFrancke » Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:04 am

Matt Quinn wrote:
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Pale blue skin and blond hair -- my vote. Can't wait. Matt
I like your choice Matt, I don't know if I can pull it off, but will try.

First, I tried giving it color and making it lighter, and it was a dismal failure. The closest I could come (so far), was to leave it alone, and rather make EVERY THING ELSE both darker and warmer. Here are the results - a good base start anyway!!

edit -- forgot the pointy ear, so new image updated...
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Post by Matt Quinn » Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:07 am

Piet, I like where it's heading. Matt
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Post by minniev » Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:51 am

Matt Quinn wrote:
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Piet, I like where it's heading. Matt
Excited to see a new one! I vote for silver-white hair and rose gold skin.
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Post by Psjunkie » Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:58 am

Appears Matt has this one under control so I'm gonna sit back and enjoy.........love it Piet

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Post by PietFrancke » Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:20 am

Psjunkie wrote:
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Appears Matt has this one under control so I'm gonna sit back and enjoy.........love it Piet
Ha, Ha - thank you Matt, Minnie and Frank. I figure before I get into too much trouble coloring, I need to get rid of some of that extreme "suck in the light" lack of detail in some areas. So I painted lines and shadows on the nose, lips, some shadows where a strap touches the skin, that kind of thing. Tried to reestablish missing detail.

Next, just to limit/control things, we will attempt to paint the helmet and if that works, move on to other metal parts. I hate to commit to atmosphere at this point, but I think I will try dark brownish at those places where the helmet is pointing down, and blueish to where it is pointing into the air and see if we can get a feeling of metal reflecting.
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Post by Matt Quinn » Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:07 pm

Better and better. WTG
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Post by PietFrancke » Sun Sep 23, 2018 12:11 am

Matt Quinn wrote:
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Better and better. WTG
thanks Matt - I am shortly going to take a shot of a gigantic orb spider (if he is still making his web on my deck). It is dark and he comes out and I will use a flashlight for focusing and a flash off to the side. Plus we collected some shells today that might become part of the background, we will see.

I spent 1/2 hour or so trying to make the helmet look more like a helmet. It might be too blue, it steals from the Maiden's skin color. I am in a No Man's land. No longer photography, not drawing, not painting, cheating every which way I can to attempt to learn what I am doing..

I put a little bit of color on the helmet, and then I took the entire image and increased darkness, contrast, blues, coolness, that kind of stuff - and then used a mask to apply the effect to the helmet only. And painted dark lines where I figured deep shadows were, and painted some white lines where I hoped light would reflect. Still ugly as sin, but just trying the best I can..


Duck - if you ever see this, you should do a step-by-step art tutorial. Would be nice to see something from someone who knows what hell he is doing!
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Post by Matt Quinn » Sun Sep 23, 2018 12:37 am

I admire your skill and patience. Not to take anything away, but what about a copper helmet with a white plume and copper greaves? Matt
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