Aye everyone, my name's Maria, and I happened to join just over a couple of minutes ago, kindly invited by Franklyn. Hope I don't get stuck anywhere, do tell me if I do.
I'm an amature artist who has only recently tried CG Art as a serious work. It still challenges me, but I'm slowly tackling it. Getting into Photoshop was a particular milestone for me, after finally admitting (secretly to myself!) that Paint Shop Pro cannot hold the quality I am looking for anymore.
There were thoughts about trying to start learning 3D modeling, but I feel that I am not quite ready for that jump yet. I want to develop myself as a traditional artist primarily.
I write in my free time, and practice crafts (newbie-level beadwork, stitching, and masks). Strategy games have a special place in my heart.
This is one of my works which I am most proud of, a reference-based Photoshop 'painting' of an Old Nepali - I had the photo in an another file, and I looked at it to match with the one I was doing in a different canvas. No kind of tracing was used, even the colour was modified before being applied to my work from the photograph. I'm crazy that way.
I wanted to print it out when I was done, so the canvas was very big, 2550x3300 pixels.
I'd love to hear some advice on it, use it for later works.
The detail of the nose, cheeks and eyes area is here. I started from this area, so it looks particularly detailed in my effort to make it look close to the photo:
Link to a high-res: http://img416.imageshack.us/img416/2509/asepalismaller0es.jpg