Making a traced base

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Making a traced base

Postby Pudi » Sun Oct 31, 2010 11:53 pm

When I say 'traced base' I don't mean one of those anime thingies that are all over DeviantArt; I mean we'll be using a photo of a real person to make a base.

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* This will be a pixel tutorial
* All paint programs welcome, but something that allows layers and resizing is preferred.
* BEWBIES ABOUND! If you have a problem with artistic nudity (why are you drawing on pictures of naked women, you perv!?) this workshop isn't for you.
* All reference photos much be stock, or you must have special permission from the original artist. No exceptions!

** No applications needed. First come, first serve.
** I'd like to do new steps once a week. I can try to update sooner if trainees feel this is too slow.

Post here or PM me to be added to the list. I'll start the workshop on the 15th, regardless of whether this gets filled up or not.

1) Andrea
2) Spitfire
3) VooDooCocaine
4) Ditzy DM
5) Yiri
6) Allpixeledout
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Postby brownieswife » Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:02 am

I would love to learn how to make a base from a photo!
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Postby spitfire » Wed Nov 03, 2010 2:03 pm

i may fail but i would like to try
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Postby VooDooCocaine » Sat Nov 06, 2010 6:42 pm

I would also like to try please!
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Postby Pudi » Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:21 pm

Woohoo! I've got you three signed up! Can't wait to get started!
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Postby Ditzy DM » Sun Nov 07, 2010 7:33 am

I'd love to improve my base making. Sign me up!
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Postby Yiri » Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:57 am

I had this in mind for a while now, making a base from a photo reference. I'll definately try if you have a space left!
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Postby Pudi » Sun Nov 07, 2010 7:40 pm

Sure thing! Now that we're filled-up, we can get started! I'm going to try and have this set up like a regular tutorial, with lots of pictures...
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Postby VooDooCocaine » Sun Nov 07, 2010 9:49 pm

Dances around I am So excited! :D
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Postby allpixeledout » Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:48 pm

Aw, I'm too late. :P I'll just stalk the thread. :D
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Postby Yiri » Mon Nov 08, 2010 2:55 am

I'm very excited too :D
Something I can look foreward today XD
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Postby Pudi » Mon Nov 08, 2010 12:00 pm

*happy dance*

Our first step will be to find a reference picture, obviously. I like to use DeviantArt, and then I peruse the Reference & Stock – Stock – Model section. There are other stock image sites, but I’ve never really looked into them. (I’m not sure that there are very many that show nudity…)

You can choose male or female; whatever you’d rather do. The less clothed the model is, the easier it will be to draw everything correctly. Just keep in mind that if you go to the nude section, you’ll probably be seeing everything, so make sure you’re comfortable with it. (And that you’re old enough to be viewing mature content.)

If you’re not comfortable with nudes, try Senshi-stock. She does a lot of interesting poses wearing a leotard. So you can still see things, without seeing things.

There are some things you’ll want to look for when choosing your photo:
* What’s visible and what will you need to draw in?
* How much contrast is there?
* Where is the light source?
* Is it a ‘dollable’ position? (IE: Will you or other dollars be able to use this as a base?)

You’ll also want to consider if the face is at a good angle, or if you’ll be able to change the angle later. This is mostly if you want to use a different face for the base, rather than the model’s.

I always find this step to be the hardest. For me, it seems like if the pose is good, the lighting is bad, or vice versa. Have patience, and take your time when looking for a good photo. It will come to you.

And please remember; make sure it’s a stock image. If it’s not, you’ll need to PM or email the artist to get permission to trace their image. You’ll also need to link back with a credit to them once you’re done. Copyrights and all that jazz.

Here is my reference picture: Linked out for B(o)(o)bs

I chose it because 1) it’s a nice pose 2) the lighting shows off the contours of her body 3) I can change the face’s position later.

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Now, go look for a good photo. If there’s any nudity, please link out to it. I don’t think we’re allowed to have nude pics on the forum.

(If you get frustrated and can’t find anything good, PM me and I’ll try to help. I’ve got lots of pictures of naked chicks. :p )
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Postby Ditzy DM » Mon Nov 08, 2010 1:36 pm

Yay, so excited :)

I got my reference on dA as well linked out due to boobies. I think the pose is kind of elegant and the outstretched hand will leave for lots of possibilities for dolling on. Plus the lighting is good and the image is clean.
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Postby Pudi » Mon Nov 08, 2010 2:03 pm

That's a great pose! Nice find!
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Postby Yiri » Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:48 pm

Wow, I had a real hard time finding good pictures... now I found two x.x
And I had some traumatizing pictures to see, but it was worth it :mrgreen:

I think I'll go with this one first: Linked out for beewbs :D and try the other one later.

Never seen such a pretty bald girl, seriously :o
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Postby Pudi » Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:53 pm

Ooo, she is pretty, isn't she? The lighting there is fantastic, too! Good job!
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Postby Yiri » Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:55 pm

That's what I thought too. I'm very excited for the next step :D
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Postby brownieswife » Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:17 pm

I had planned on picking an image where the model is standing, but figured I should challenge myself a bit so I chose a sitting pose.

Linked out for size, no nudity though. link
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Postby Pudi » Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:16 pm

That's a good, challenging pose! Is it just me, or just her ankle look awfully swollen?
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Postby allpixeledout » Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:18 pm

I found one..I think. XD I love Sakky's stock. So. Many. Choices. x.x

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Postby Pudi » Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:21 pm

Oh, fun! She has some really neat pics, doesn't she? The only thing you'll want to be careful with is that her hand doesn't cover her face - otherwise, it's great!
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Postby brownieswife » Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:29 pm

I noticed that as well, it could be the angle but her ankle does look a bit larger than it should.
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Postby VooDooCocaine » Tue Nov 09, 2010 12:10 am

Found Mine! I actually found it a few days ago when I signed up! I think this pose is so beautiful!

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Postby Pudi » Wed Nov 10, 2010 11:47 am

Good pose! I like it!
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Postby spitfire » Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:26 pm

http://browse.deviantart.com/resources/stockart/model/women/?q=nude&order=9&offset=96#/d1o0gr8

sorry im doing a million things right now o.O

something about her kept drawing me in so im gonna tackle this one

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