I finally made some significant progress on my latest digital painting!
I tried to work on using some of the rendering techniques I learned in my chiaroscuro and head drawing classes to make the figure look less flat. I still have some work to do, especially on the arm, but I’m a lot happier with this version – it looks less cartoony.
I also tried out a couple new tools in Corel Painter: the “just add water” blender and the “burn” photo tool. The just add water tool worked great for blending out some of the brush strokes and adding some depth to the water. I used the darkest water color at a low opacity (I think 5%) and blended over the figure to make it look like her lower half was deeper in the water. I used the photo burn tool to darken some of the shadow areas.
Here’s the first version for comparison:
Part two looks better, right? … I hope…
Also, solved the mystery on whether or not Irish Merrows are meant to be “evil.”
In Irish mythology, there is a huge difference between male and female “mer-people.” From Ireland’s Eye.Com, Female merrows were exceptionally beautiful, but with flatter feet than a human and webbed fingers. Male merrows on the other hand, were supposed to be extremely ugly with pig-like features and long pointed teeth; they were rarely seen.
So, here’s where the mix-up happened: back in high school was trying to write a story using Irish mythology, and decided (for reasons I don’t remember) to combine the features of male and female merrows into one character. So, apparently when I started this drawing I had my version of a merrow in mind instead of the real version. But, so far it’s made for an interesting painting so I think I’ll leave it that way
That’s all for now - Hope you like the new painting!
Here are the links to Ireland’s Eye if you’re interested: