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Cosplay by Flynn-the-cat Cosplay by Flynn-the-cat
EDIT: This is an updated version - generally tidied and and touched up. Also, see the original photo
Details can be seen here

Also, I've just realised that the thin hanging circles dangling from her neck are meant to be Leia's chain.

This is a painting of a COSPLAY of Leia, not Leia herself :D
(So I'm putting it under portraits, not fanart)
The Making of the Costume

My other Star Wars paintings

Model: ~Bria-Silivren She made the costume herself, so it's a step removed from the original - so if there are any errors, it's her fault >.>
Original Photo: Slave Leia 4
Photographer: =HorseRidingGal

Time: 5 and a half hours
Program: ArtRage 2.5

I. Am. SO. Pleased with this.
This is the first REAL portrait type picture I've ever done, at this level. I practiced on ~Guenhwyvar-Drizzt a few days ago [link] and felt confident enough then to attempt this.

It's not perfect; there's a couple of problems that I fixed (and probably only I would have seen anyway :D ) and the updated file is at home, but I want to put this up noooow ^_^
*eg, forearm of left arm is a little untidy in this one.

The metal ornaments were pretty tricky; the metallic settings don't blend easily and getting the colours and lighting right was quite hard. Also, a lot of the surfaces were very ...'crumpled'.

Eyes are a much brighter green - the original photo had them a very murky grey, due to the shadows.

The hands were actually very hard to get right, as it's all in the very subtle shading, showing the rounding of skin and the position of the joints, so i couldn't just draw the outline as then they looked like blobs. Blobhands :D

I couldn't get the expression *exactly* right - I think it's all th ethe line of the mouth; which was also quite ... fiddly.

The Background the one part I'm not happy with. I decided to play safe in the end with a generic portrait/abstract background, rather than a scene, but I'm very suggestible :D

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Painting from a photograph is always hard and time consuming. But I think you did a really good job on this one.
What I like:
The hand around the arm is really nice, it looks very realistic and the bracelet turned out great. Also the hair and the ear is good, realistic hair and ears is always a challenge for me personally. The cloth at the background is also one of the areas I like. You did really well to bring that silk-feel to it.

What could be improved:
The jewelry looks like it's pasted into the picture, at some areas it's pretty solid at the edges and at other places it's a bit too smooth.
The outlines... or contours, or what I should call it... Especially at the skin, it looks a bit off at some places. For example, the left elbow at her hip looks like it's melting with the hip. (Guh it's hard to explain since eng is not my original language D: ) But I hope you know what I mean.
I guess it got that look by using the eraser to clean off bleeding colours right? It's those small details that makes this image still look more 2D than 3D.

The breasts doesn't look like they fill the "bikini". The edges are pretty solid on the bikini while the breasts are pretty soft shaded.

over and all I think this is a good job, some areas are a bit too solid. I don't know what technique you use, but I think that the best method to use when it comes to painting from a photo is the Alla Prima technique. If you are using a lot of layers - avoid that, that's often what makes some areas appear solid.

hope this critic came in handy :)
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BlueSoulber Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love her face, she turned out great, nice job!
Flynn-the-cat May 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ^_^
ivoryleopard Apr 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
okay it's the same way in the photo as well, except you made her cheek rounder. The edges around her arms need to be cleaned up. The lips are different. In the original they are fuller and in the painting it's turned in.
Metamorphosing Apr 16, 2009  Student General Artist
Oh wow, now I've seen the photo, that's awesome. Simply awesome! :D
Flynn-the-cat Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome seems to be the word of choice in my inbox today. Odd.

AND THANK YOU. Yeah... not knowing what they were *meant* to look like makes portraits a little hard to judge :D
Metamorphosing Apr 16, 2009  Student General Artist
I've finally uploaded the original photo, you can see it here: [link] :)
Flynn-the-cat Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nickelpat Apr 15, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Holy wow.... Nicely done Flynn.
Flynn-the-cat Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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