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RayGuselli
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 Posted 17th January 2008 22:13   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Tried my luck..............


Tried another lioness smudge...this time with some texture...

Hope you like
Best wishes

Ray

   
JohnW
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 Posted 17th January 2008 22:21   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Ray,
Very nice really like the work you have done on the fur.
John
   
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 Posted 17th January 2008 22:37   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Thanks John and Neal

I think I still prefer the first one just because of the pose of the lioness but these are fun to do....

Realy want to get into smudging....kerep asking Rebecca for help and she always assists!

Nice thing about this forum and everyone here....all like one family and help each other.

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Ray
   
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 Posted 17th January 2008 23:14   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Awesome Ray, i actually prefer your last one, looks more natural like he is not sitting in a zoo saying...'dam another visitor pointing a camera at me'.
   
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 Posted 18th January 2008 01:53   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
OH WOW RAY! I do love your smudge. You did real good with the fur. I went to the barn today to take some pictures of horses to try and smudge for my web page. I haven't tried an animal yet. You did so good Ray!!! I guess you just use the 'hair' smudge brush the whole time, don't you? We will need to ask Scott! He will know!!!

   
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 Posted 18th January 2008 06:49   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Many thanks for the kind words and encouragement....

I really want to learn to smudge in the style of Rebecca, Scott and a lady called Lisa in another forum....all very talented..

Rebecca, I used Sarsas hair brush for everything....once I saw it working on the fur, I was frightened to change it in case I lost it!.....

I really want to try something like the children that you do and muct try to get Maria toi sit still for 2 minutes to get a shot of her to work with!!!

Best wishes

Ray
   
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 Posted 18th January 2008 14:38   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Great work on the lions Ray. I love animal portraits especially the 'big cats'. I would have no idea how to start on a picture like this, would you or Rebecca know of any good tuts for beginners?
Minor skin grafts can be performed on pigs by covering any cuts and
grazes with thin strips of bacon.
   
Yvonne
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 Posted 18th January 2008 14:55   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Well that took a long time to load Ray but it was well worth the wait
Very nicely done
Are you going to do Scotts online tutorials that begin in March I think,mind you I don't think you need it,you and Ronnie seem to be doing great,with that little help from Rebecca





Yvonne


Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can."
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RayGuselli
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 Posted 18th January 2008 18:14   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Thanks all....appreciated.....it is such a struggle for me!

Yvonne, I am going to register but hope that as I am away on holiday at the end of March for 2 weeks I wil still be able to catch up etc....

Rebecca has been a gem!!!

Just got another message from her where she has very kindly offered again to take me step by step through an image....that sounds wonderful,,,

I am going to take a special picture of Maria (if she stays still for 5 seconds) and hopefully use that....

That is what is so great about this forum...people are brilliant.

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Ray
   
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 Posted 18th January 2008 18:32   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Ray the tutorials seem to be self paced and as long as you download them you can do them as and when you find the time.
I print mine off so i have them forever so to speak.

Yvonne


Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can."
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RayGuselli
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 Posted 18th January 2008 23:00   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Thanks Yvonne....enrolled and exactly as you say!

Tried another smudge of a wolf...

Ray


   
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 Posted 19th January 2008 12:54   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
You just gotta love these........

had to practice smudging on this image

Hope you like
Best wishes

Ray

   
Yvonne
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 Posted 19th January 2008 13:58   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Just Beatiful pictures Ray the cats especially
I too enrolled in the Smudge course hope my brain will work

Yvonne


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 Posted 19th January 2008 14:29   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Ray, both are great, but i do like that Wolf.. great background also on that picture, how did you do it ??
Cheers Ronnie
   
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 Posted 19th January 2008 16:09   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Just purrrrrrrr fect Ray, maybe just ask Rebecca how she paints in eyelashes and apply the same technique to the kittens whiskers and then it really will be the Cats whiskers of a pic !
   
RayGuselli
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 Posted 19th January 2008 18:33   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Thanks all...appreciate the feedback
I am sure Rebecca will help neal she has been brilliant in e mails to me....

Ronnie, the b/g was already there but if you look closely you will see that I used a heavy opacity on the smudge to effectively distort it etc....

I then applied a texture to the whole image but masked out the wolf to keep it texture free....

Hope that helps

Best wishes

Ray
   
Ronnie
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 Posted 19th January 2008 18:39   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Ray, it almost look like he in a studio posing for the photo..
Great shot...

Cheers Ronnie
   
RayGuselli
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 Posted 19th January 2008 20:58   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
This was a lion with very matted fur...decided to give it a try for a smudge...

It was from the South Lakes Animal Park....4 miles from me

Best wishes

Ray

   
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 Posted 19th January 2008 21:31   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Love all the animal ones Ray. You are very talented. I think I will stick to cooking!!!
  
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 Posted 20th January 2008 16:29   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
STILL practising....

Ray

   
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 Posted 20th January 2008 16:35   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
gotta love the sad look on that dogs face.
   
Yvonne
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 Posted 20th January 2008 16:41   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
And this is the results before you start the class Ray
You sure have a two headed start on me

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 Posted 20th January 2008 18:40   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Beautiful work ray......just show how persistence really pays off!! Well done!!

Andrew



Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them............
   
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 Posted 20th January 2008 19:03   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
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Andrew wrote:
Beautiful work ray......just show how persistence really pays off!! Well done!!

Andrew


Hi Andrew,

For persistence read....pig headed!!!!....

I really just want to do this with some success so much.

I see the works of Scott, Rebecca, Helen and Lisa and am astounded at how good they are....

I am happy to persevere but still find it frustrating to end up with results that are not really what I want....I know what I want to see but cannot get there!!!!!

Pooe Rebecca (and others) have been kind enough to help and must be as furstrated with me as I am at not getting the smudge as I want....

Anyway, let's see what happens with Scotts class....

Ideally, I would like to watch one of the smudgers on a video at work and I think that is the only way that I will learn...no amount of reading etc....I need to see it being done I think.

Best wishes

Ray
   
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 Posted 20th January 2008 19:05   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Just posted this in another forum....

fouled up on the left arm where I missed the texture mask....

Ray

   
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 Posted 20th January 2008 20:11   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Ray, your getting there..
ihave had a go at this one, that way i will be able to give you a few pointer's on how i do it..

First i used LInda's Smudge Brush ( its on Sylvias site to download if you dont have it ).
My settings where > Brush size 13 > Strength 8% > i done have the to boxes ticked..
Its best if you have the picture zoomed in to 200%, thats the best size to work at.
On the cheeks i feel its best to do small circle's, you can also do this on the nose and chin..
You can give this a try and see how you get on..

I will remove this picture once you see what i've done.. i dont want to post on you gallery..


Cheers Ronnie
   
RayGuselli
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 Posted 20th January 2008 23:18   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Hi Ronnie

Please dont remove unless you want to...it is great

Appreciate the hep re the brushes and technique....will give that a try tomorrow..

best wishes

Ray
   
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 Posted 20th January 2008 23:52   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
terrific Ronnie, one of these days i promise to give smudging a serious bash !
   
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 Posted 25th January 2008 17:52   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
They didnt have the colour I wanted so I said no to this, otherwise it would have been ok in the drive I guess....

Ray

   
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 Posted 25th January 2008 21:32   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
yeah such an ugly colour and it is probably too easy on the petrol...........
   



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