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Violet Bow by VampireHungerStrike Violet Bow by VampireHungerStrike
8 x 10 inches, oil on masonite.

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Blog: [link]
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UrsaMinor45 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I generally don't go for this type of work, but your colours completely drew me in, and I am captivated! A lovely piece!
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VampireHungerStrike Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.:)
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RaraAvisInDextra Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Nice work, a colours work so well that i'm still trying to convince myself her eyes are not brown byt violet though i keep seeing them that way.
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VampireHungerStrike Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I used purples throughout to unify the color theme.
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RaraAvisInDextra Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
You're welcome.
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ChaoticChrist Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Beautiful colors, perfect placement of brush strokes! Overall very vibrant and extremely appealing to look at! Your gallery is insanely beautiful. I'm jealous of your skill.
Do you have a preferred medium? Would you mind breaking down your technique for me a little? Do you do a wash before adding the general color? What is your process?
Also I was considering buying some mansonite, how is that to paint on?
Thanks in advance.
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VampireHungerStrike Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi, thanks for the comment. I prefer oils on masonite. Oils give me a longer working time to mix strokes on the surface, and the masonite is a very good smooth surface especially when working small. I've written a breakdown of my process on my blog: [link]

Thanks again!
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ChaoticChrist Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
I can't thank you enough, this is beyond useful.
One last question, what is your general mixing for light / mid / dark skin tones, if you don't mind me asking. I realize this varies by the subject, but generally you must use a fairly consistent mix?
Thanks again.
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VampireHungerStrike Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
It does vary from subject to subject. Lighting plays the biggest role in determining the colors, so the skin tones can really be anything. I may use more blues and greens in fair skin, and warmer colors in dark skin. If the light is cool, I used warm colors in the shadows. If the light is warm, I use cooler colors in the shadows. I try not to formulate the process too much.
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ChaoticChrist Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Thank you,
I generally struggle with lighting / color usage to replicate that light.
This should help a reasonable amount, I'll try it out and see what I come up with. Keep up the great work, I'll be watching.
Best of luck to you.
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VampireHungerStrike Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Best of luck to you, too.
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AMGuzzo Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful work.

Very jealous of your mastery.
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VampireHungerStrike Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!:)
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chocolatyme Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Student General Artist
this looks beautiful...i like the textures of the cothes
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VampireHungerStrike Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I use to hate painting fabric.
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chocolatyme Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Student General Artist
aw haha..why?
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VampireHungerStrike Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It was uninteresting and very hard to get right, like painting something technical and mundane. I'm getting into it now after looking at Dean Cornwell and J.C. Leyendecker.
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chocolatyme Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Student General Artist
oh haha...
oh inspiration brought you to it...thats good...(its kinda like me with hands...i used to ignore it and when a person would say "where's the hand?" i'd be like "your mom...is nice") now my friends got me into it and i was studying the hand anatomy and stalking peoples hands...yea i know....XD
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VampireHungerStrike Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha! I like the image of hand stalking.
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chocolatyme Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Student General Artist
(its surprisingly easy ;o lol)
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MariaAragon64 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I like! Obviously, you're exploring some interesting resources these days. If this had been done by one of my other DA faves, he would have titled it (mischievously) 'Meet Miss Borden'. ;)
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VampireHungerStrike Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Now all I can think is that she's hiding an ax behind her back.:)
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MariaAragon64 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
(Evil cackle.)
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