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BHD - The Starlet by cypherx BHD - The Starlet by cypherx
another in the bad hair day series

not really an "original" piece, but wanted to experiment with using surface blur on paintings to see if I could get them to look more smooth... turns out... it works. I'll likely be going back over some of my older "rough" paintings with the technique to improve their smoothability.
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Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Dear cypherx

Your Fabulous artwork is featured in
:iconart-portraits: ...and...:iconaction-portraits:

you are Most welcome!!! .............................................:heart:

LevanaTempest Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Beautyful work!:heart:

It would be my honor to feature your work in:iconhigh-vision:


LIGHTLOOKER Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
VennKaden Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love her eyes o.o and starfish xD it is so vibrant!
WackoNuke Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
cool sea star xD
Scatshness Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
awesome !
Mindopants Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
Ohh, this is so beautiful. :la:
pajupaju Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
love the starfish. aweeesome.
mothfly Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
looks pretty with the smoothness :aww:
cannibalgnome Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
hehe... she's blue.
gabbyd70 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
:heart: Featured- [link]
foreverstrange Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
She's stunning!
The look in her eyes, to me, looks like she's sort of pissed but amused at the same time at her situation. And the shape of her mouth and cheeks makes me wait for her to crack a smile. Just wonderful.
Chilwi Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Very good. strange situation. ^^´
nomorefaith Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
love it
RiONX Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
Very nice :D!!
Red-Rook Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
Oh Crap! Starro is back!
paintedmenagerie Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
I really like this one the starfish makes me think of the ocean
Puddum Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous! Doesn't look too comfortable, though. :lol:
BloodshotProductions Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
Remarkable work as usual, Dear!
patsour Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
Nice work; I prefer work that is raw and unfiltered, gives paintings more personality IMO. Just a personal preference, not so much a critique.
cypherx Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
uh huh
AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yay! More BHD's. We want more.
lurfly Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
Paint moreeee :)

very pretty but I have to disagree about the blurring. one of the reasons i love your work is the touch of roughness. it shows the work that went into it and it gives it a very authentic and natural feel. too much editing and it starts to look well i dont know but i like your work a bit rough around the edges thats all.
DanielaUhlig Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
with an octo on my head, it wouldn´t be a bad hair day for me

really nice. wanna see more works of you!
cypherx Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's a starfish thingie.. they tickle and scratch and smell like fish ass... not that I go around sniffing little fishy bums
Dragonfly22 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bet you learned that from your photomanip tutorial, and it does work very well. I recently went over all my drawings to add contrast with a very Peel off marker I got... the feeling of revision is great, even if it's unlikely they'll be seen outside the dA realm.

I'm loving the color of the star and the eyes. You've improved lots!
p.s. I'll be watching out for the skin tuts ;)
cypherx Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haaha oh shite... methinks you're hinting at something. yeah I'll go dig thru my stuff right now. problem is if i find them my scanner isn't yet hooked up so I might have to just give you the name of the articles
Dragonfly22 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah haha I just didn't want to sound like hurrying you because I know you're busy n stuff (and I'm not in a hurry either). And wow, cookies for you if you will remember the names. xD
cypherx Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a 2007 "American Artist" mag here that has a great one..."Portrait of Pam McMahon... and i found a pdf online so I don't need to scan it... here you go (let me know if this was sort of on the lines with what you were looking for):

Dragonfly22 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now I see why you guys prefer to work with digital! Traditional is loads of work! At least oil portraiture anyway.

The article was *very* illustrative as far as procedure and lightning & shadows go, but I'm still wondering if I can use the same color palette for skin regardless of the colours of the bg (which seems to work in your paintings). For example, in this work [link] you can see that each face slightly reflects the surrounding colors. I'll keep nosing around for some colour theory book or other basic stuff. And there are many others you have to learn by trial and error. But the mag article was a great starter!

thank you!!
XenoPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
amazing atmosphere, would you mind if i executed this idea in a photo? (credit to you)
minix Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010   Digital Artist
I love the colors! I'm quite a fan of surface blur also, especially for skintones. I apply it, paint over it, apply it again, paint some more. Its the greatest thing since sliced bread and wacomkitties. I totally bastardize and manipulate the eff out of my paintings. I used to be such an uptight purist, no filters. Then PS filters got better, and I got old. lol Lovely work.
cypherx Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, I'm a fan too methinks. I had the misfortune of losing a large chunk of time spent on a painting recently (my hd failed and I hadn't yet backed it up on the external) and it sort of knocked me off of wanting to paint anything as I knew I would have to go back and do about twenty hours of work.

Thanks to this I can salvage some of the painting because I had a copy uploaded on DA and an early version psd though truth be told I can't use much because of the pixelation it causes... anyhow great little trick to use for anyone

i love tools as a general rule. Most lazy peeps do
Demi-Urge Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
A little garlic shampoo will clean that right up. :)

Great image!
LITTLESHAVER Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
I haven't seen the original but this generation of it is fabulous. Not only the hair, but the expression on her face and the tonalities and shadings for contour, Its so much fun to look at! I envision this "character" as an animated performer in a TV series. HBNGFI ytas yuwx nmc ooops, I've run out of words, only gush...
BluDrgn426 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I think she's got something on her face
Kangarou Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, looks good in this one.

Is she being mind-controlled, or is there some new fashion trend I haven't heard about?
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