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Harem Girl by jackcrowder Harem Girl by jackcrowder
The spoils of war.
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tmulcahy Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmm, the carpet appears to floating. I like the addition of the bowl.
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jackcrowder Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Also just noted that the carpet you mentioned is actually a pillow.
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tmulcahy Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes it is; don't know why I said carpet.
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jackcrowder Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I noticed that on an average print but when I printed it on canvas it blended the textures. It gained the natural shade that I desired but I lost all the tiny details (like her bracelet) on canvas.
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impurrfect Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
I love the background and everything going on in this pic.
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jackcrowder Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I really wanted to go with a scene that would look like it belonged in a harem setting. Historical paintings always make them all glam. I wanted this drab. Almost horrid.
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misterzubair Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
Great use of textures as always! I was wondering, what do you use to get textures in? It's so freaking awesome how you incorporate the textures into you pics to give them that great finish!

Love the expression on the girl's face! She'd cut the throat of the next guy coming in if she could...
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jackcrowder Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I use flat color to begin with. I then add shadows and highlights. I then blur the edges of the shadows/highlights. I use Photoshop and layer the textures. I use an old Photoshop 7.0 that I bought in college so pretty much any Photoshop you have access to will pull it off rather nicely.

That's exactly what I was going for! That look! That bad ass look! Whole illustration was made around it (including light direction).
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misterzubair Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Yep, you did a great job showing it! Everything revolves around her thirst for vengeance!

I was wondering where do you get your textures from because the only way I get textures done in my works are from custom brushes but they don't always come out looking as good but your stuff is always SPOT ON!
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jackcrowder Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
When I was an Animation major, I got a discount on a lot of packaged textures. You should be able to google 'Textures torrent' and be hooked up fast. I wish I had access to that back then. They're huge, I warn you, gigs huge. A lot of my stuff still relies on Illustrator. All the patterns on this piece were traced. It's a high resolution (I intend on printing it out on canvas for an art show whenever I get the energy to actually be productive), so there was no way I was going to be able to use something at 72 dip. Therefore, I stretched out the image in Illustrator and traced the patterns I wanted to use. I recommend checking out the torrent scene for textures, though, because its quickest for your time.
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misterzubair Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
Thanks man, I shall definitely try that out. And I totally understand what you mean by not accepting some 72 dpi stuff. I've just never used textures before because I didn't understand them all that well at all.

Okay, what's the difference between Illustrator and Photoshop? My dad has both and he works on Illustrator so when I go to help him, I just can't work my around Illustrator at ALL and end up redoing stuff from scratch on Photoshop -__-. WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE??
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jackcrowder Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Vectors.

For me, I don't have a Wacom that works. I've had issues with it since I got Vista so I've given up and ditched it. I think the dog marked it because I left it on the tile too long.

It all comes down to Vectors. Illustrator draws in vectors. You can enlarge an Illustrator image as big as you want. The math doesn't change. Vectors are points, more or less, and brushes are applied to the line between the points. Brushes are not the same as Photoshop. Photoshop is all hand work. Those lines are your lines. In my opinion, it's more real. Illustrator requires certain brushes to give it a more realistic look or you can make your own to replicate the look of an actual brush.

The difference is, again, time. Illustrator is the time killer. I use it religiously on my pieces (you can ';place' scans/sketches to go over into Illustrator). The crisp lines paste into Photoshop nicely but you can lose detail if you chose to insert them as pixels. Yeah, it gets complex.

There's a lot of differences. Illustrator is useful for commercial design, I would say. If you're going to make a logo. Nothing I do in Illustrator stays there. It always goes home to Photoshop to be tweaked, colored, textured and such.
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misterzubair Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
Oh I see... Illustrator sounds like it could really help with some of the line work I keep putting aside. Like when it's time to draw buildings and stuff, I get antsy because I don't always like how my buildings turn out (all uneven and stuff) so yeah, Vectors could really help. Actually my friend, Sparkpenguin, has been trying to get me into vectors for about a year now but it's something I need to sit down and shift into slowly because I am so used to doing things the way I do them now. But Vectors also seem to make life a WHOLE LOT easier so I definitely will try to get into it.

The thing is that when I use Illustrator to help my dad, I can't even use some of the basic options found in photoshop properly like the writing tool and even expanding the image. I just get frustrated and I close out and open photoshop... I just have to get used to it -__-
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jackcrowder Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah. Even the same tools are completely different in Illustrator. I paid for my knowledge, so don't give me too many props. I have this nifty VisCom degree that has many coats of dust on it.
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