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MM XVIII by leadbirdie MM XVIII by leadbirdie
model: Anna
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OrionShipworks Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the pose and the lighting. 
In fact his pose would make a good drawing exercise. I think the fingers would be difficult to draw properly.
Personally I don't really get the milk, but I'm always glad to see people trying new things.
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leadbirdie Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
milk is a classic texturizer. Not fetish thing. When you draw or paint, you don't need these tricks. But when you make photos it has a sense. Olive oil, water, body paint, foil, dirt, anything.
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OrionShipworks Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the explanation.

Regarding texture, how do photographers sometimes amplify the film grain?
Some photographs have no visible film grain, but others look very grainy.
I like the way it looks. It reminds me of the texture created by pastel chalk.
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leadbirdie Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
In digital age there are photoshop filters to imitate film grain.
It's not important. Anyway, no filter can reproduce an impression of shining crystals of silver in a layer of emulsion.

I have my own theory of artistic media. Any artistic media has a special characteristic which I name as "degree of resistance". Natural stone has the most high degree of resistance. What can you depict if you have a stone wall of cave and another stone in your hand only? Next step: you have an ochre, soot and stone wall in cave. Well, you understand me. Let's remember about Leonardo, who spend a lot of time to investigate new paints and so on. Now. We have digital media and some tools (software) to create something. It's evident, digital canvas is a media which has "zero degree of resistance", because we can do everything with any pixel of our canvas. Oil, aquarelle, acryle, charcoal, ink? Fuck! We don't need this shit anymore:)

What are consequences of this freedom? OMG! All modern digital artists trying to look more artistic and trying to add ARTIFICIAL effects of stroke, "natural" dirt etc...

So I think: some "degree of resistance" is very important. And we just can not use this freedom of media, which modern technology gives us. Engineers in our time are better than artists.
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OrionShipworks Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's an interesting concept you have! I see what you mean about media having resistance.
And I agree with you that Photoshop film grain filters are no substitute for silver crystals in emulsion.

Did you know that I'm a retired engineer? I used to design computer systems.
But now I'm studying art and trying to create some. For real art I use oil, acrylic and pastel.
I use digital media to make play-things such as make-believe airplanes and spacecraft.
But that's just something I do to relax, because the media has no resistance.


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