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Meet Shae by BJPentecost Meet Shae by BJPentecost
((Sorry about the reupload. I've decided to separate certain things out. Also, accidentally hit the "save to stash button." *grumble* Does anyone even actually use that? Anyway, on my way out the door atm or I'd explain further. XD GTG!))

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About my eyes

I am so sorry that I've been gone for so long. Don't worry, I haven't died or fallen off the map, at least not yet. ^__^ I've just been really, really busy with work and doctor's appointments and such. I have a new pair of glasses that are working well (I asked the doc to take out the prism and that got rid of the stereoscopic issue. It was SO WEIRD seeing everything in 3D O__O; It made painting very difficult.). I still see some vibration and I have to take breaks every twenty minutes or so but I can still see and I can still paint! :) However, my eyesight might get worse as it has been over the years. In fact, I'd say it's a fair bet. My vision (uncorrected) is about 20/400. The only reason I'm not technically considered to be one step away from legally blind is because my vision can be corrected with lenses but if I take my glasses off, I am literally almost legally blind. If it does get worse, I've got a referral to the Bascom Palmer Institute (which I'm pretty sure will not take my crappy HMO health insurance). I've already flushed about 3k down the toilet just getting to this point and that's not counting all the work I've missed.

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About Shae

This is Shae. I sculpted him in Zbrush and painted him up in Photoshop. Yes, it's a guy. You can pretend he's a girl if you want. Shouldn't be much of a leap. =P He is a satyr. I've always envisioned satyrs to be less "goat people" and more of a race/species unto themselves. He would be covered in fur except for his face, palms, and other obvious places (the fur doesn't just stop at some random point, it smoothly gradates). I've considered making him an adoptable but I have no idea how that works and I don't know if there would be much of a market for him. XD It seems like the adoptables that do the best are super-fetishy. Although I guess some people class pretty boys as super-fetishy. XD I don't. I think this is fairly tame. But then again, I'm a friggin weirdo so, heh, maybe not the best judge. ^__^

Shae is an experienced ehtyric (magic user) and his talents include: Perfect vision (he can see in the dark, long distance, infrared, and ultraviolet), long jump (30ft straight up in the air, 75ft straight out), leadhoof (you really don't want to get kicked in the head by him), seduce, fast talk, blend (he can blend in with certain environments so well that he almost becomes invisible) and a few other little tricks.

Enjoy! Once I get the tidal wave of medical, student loan, and mortgage debt/payment/bills coming at me squared away, there will be more paintings to come. :) I hope to make a full illustration of Shae if possible.

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:iconjoshuatjkvela:
JoshuaTJKVela Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I think she is dope.
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Brendavid Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm taking a zbrush class now, and I just keep coming back to these. They're so pretty. ;_;

I've used them as references to get ideas to make my exported renders look like paintings instead of sculpts, but so far I've been fairly unsuccessful. I don't have any problems photo manipulating a sculpt to give it colors and a background and nice lighting effects, but making it painterly is beyond me. Even when I paint over them, they still have this overbearing "I'm a 3D model" look. I've played with filters, effects, painting, trying to get the nice sketchy lines and paint flecks, even dropped textures into it. I can't figure it out at all. D: The closest I got to anything was drawing a bunch of lines by hand on a dissolve layer.

Could you spare any tips for me, by chance? Because these are just awesome. Here's my attempt: sta.sh/01e2adv81z5n

Of course, I'm not into copying, I'd like to make the techniques my own, but right now I'm kinda at a loss.
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You've got a good start! :)

It's really a matter of experimenting and seeing what works for you. It's trickier than it might seem. I still struggle with that very same issue from time to time. When combining 2D and 3D, I paint over my models with a hard, oval-shaped, low opacity brush. Filters can help but they only do so much and overuse can be very bad. A few tricks that might help:

1.) Add lighting with overlay layers. Rim lighting can be especially dramatic.

2.) Add additional colors and color variation, especially in the shadows and highlights.

3.) If you're going for a painterly look, use broader strokes and don't spend too much time noodling on detail.

4.) Better quality renders usually mean a better end result. The more work you do on the 3D side, the less hassle on the 2D side.

5.) Careful application of texturing can help erase that sterile plasticy look renders sometimes get.

6.) Adding highlights and extra shadows by hand can help.

7.) If your renderer doesn't handle subsurface scattering well or you can't render with SSS for whatever reason, try to mimic it by hand.

Hopefully that will help. Really, the only thing you can do is keep playing around until you find out what works for you. That's how I figured it out. :)

Good luck. Nice work btw. 
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Brendavid Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the response and sorry for the late reply! I wanted to wait till I had finished it first. Your tips were very helpful. I saved them to a document on my computer. :D Would you mind giving me a crit on the final? I can totally take a few punches. I generally like how it came out, but I feel like I wasn't loose, textured, or rough enough with my painting, so, I guess I have something to shoot for next time.

antellokapibou by Brendavid
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Looks good. :) You've done a nice job of eliminating that sterile look 3D renders can get sometimes. Perhaps you could work a little on making it a more complete illustration? Add another character or extend the canvas and give her a body? It would be a lot more work but it would make for an even better illustration. :) I would also recommend trying to bring the background up a little more to par with the character. I know you want to keep it hazy and vague for atmospheric perspective but perhaps add some detail on the mountains?

Anyway, lovely work. :boogie:
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Brendavid Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the feedback on this! I definitely read it when I got it, and even took notes on it. I've been thinking about it a lot lately.

I often find my work in general just doesn't quite hit what it really can, and just kind of falls flat. I think it's that sort of extra thought and extra mile that I'm really missing. I want to try to do something soon that's a bit more fleshed out. Thanks for the crit! really helpful. :D
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome. :) And congratulations on hitting that milestone of artistic self-awareness. I only started coming to that same conclusion within the last year or two. It's that last bit of OOMPH that separates my so-so work from my better pieces. Sometimes it's hard to know what needs to be done, what I could have done better, or what I should do moving forward. But we keep trying. That's what's important.

Good luck and happy arting. :D
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JayelDraco Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
So fantastic. you really are such n incredibly talented creator. For years I have been consistently blown away by your work.
it is one of my life's goals to one day be able to hire you to help flesh out and design some of the tribes and species in the story that I've been co-writing/world building for the last 20 years.
That may not sound like much to you, but I assure you on a personal level, there is no higher compliment I could think to give to another artist.
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! I'm happy to hear that. :D May not sound like much? You kidding me? XD Creating species and characters is my dream job. XD If I could do only one thing in art, it would be that. Thank you so much. ^__^
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JayelDraco Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
I only mean that it may not sound like much because thus far I don't have the means to hire anybody.
I can certainly tell that you obviously love creating species and characters, or you wouldn't have gotten so good at it :)
You are quite welcome!
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Rockdwarf Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's like a great dream. I just dream of people doing that art. And of people like that. For people like that, I just found them (not in my real life, but well, now I know it isn't just online art)


And for angelicaly beautyful booty drawn boys, now I have you. So bad I would want them in human form, but mhe, you love furries and I never saw a furry like that, it's to me like the olympic furry to the rest of furries. You just do not make art, you just render gods and then they are art. I do not know how to express it. It's just like it's pianfull to look. It's LIVING!!! and it still is like it's frozen in it's beauty.
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
WOW! That is a really nice compliment. ^__^; You are very kind. I appreciate it so much. :D
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Rockdwarf Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just needed to tell you. It's just the impression I got when I saw your paintings and I was caught on it's atmosphere. I can'tkeep it for me, you just need to know, even if you get lots of nice comments, but hell, I need to stop being ashamed.


And I so love your portrait on your ID you look super cute and it makes me hope to see more about you and more humans, certainly.
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
^__^ Thanks. Sometimes I do hoomans. There are a few and I may do some more int he future. Although I'm really more of a fantasy type person. XD
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Rockdwarf Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My problem may be that I am tooo much of a non fantasy person (which does not mean I cant enjoy your art as you can clearly see -who would not enjoy your art?-)

But my style is more supernaturally influenced.
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fermentedmind Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
(S)he's quite sexshay.
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:iconrockdwarf:
Rockdwarf Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
HE
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FallenChocoCookie Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, she looks amazing.
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. ^__^ And I can't blame you. He is so girly looking that it would literally only take me 1 minute to turn him into a girl. XD Just add boobs! =P
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FallenChocoCookie Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha. :D
His name fooled me, too. I immediately thought of Shae from Game of Thrones. xD
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aahhhh. Yes. You're not the only one to say that. Shae, in this case, is short for Shael R'laye. :3
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FallenChocoCookie Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought so. :D
Ahh, okay. That makes sense. ^^
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:iconfallenchococookie:
FallenChocoCookie Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Or he. :D
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nekonostudio Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Student General Artist
I love how pretty he is!!! he looks like a prince!!
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:iconbjpentecost:
BJPentecost Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
^__^ Thanks.
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roxersboxers Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
is it bad to want to nibble on shae? o.O
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:iconbjpentecost:
BJPentecost Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
XD Lol. Not at all. He might enjoy it depending on where you nibble. ;)
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roxersboxers Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
Where would I not! i mean damn!
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:iconnixielupus:
NixieLupus Featured By Owner May 18, 2014   Artist
He looks so cool!
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elfenlied2995 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is so cool. I love it
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Wow super sorry to hear of your health issues and how they are affecting your life.  I've got similar trials I'm trying to overcome, poor health and the bills trying to fix it ruining my future.  It's a long haul.  I hope things get better for you truly.

That said I absolutely love this character.  Would absolutely buy him too as an adoptable and I've never been one to really do that.  But this is awesome, love the concept so much and it's beautifully executed. 

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:iconbjpentecost:
BJPentecost Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. ^__^ Maybe I'll do an auction thingie. I've never tried that before though. O__O; The idea kinda makes me nervous.
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lockrhi Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
He's so pretty ;_;
Do Shae got the booty?
He dooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
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:iconbjpentecost:
BJPentecost Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
=P
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Treyos Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Great to hear that the glasses are (mostly) working!  I understand if your insurance wouldn't cover it, but ignoring that for the moment, is it something that laser eye surgery could fix?  (Is that what Bascom is?)
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I was told laser surgery is not a a good option at the moment. Bascom Palmer is supposed to be the premier vision center in the country or something like that. Hopefully this won't get worse or I might end up having to go there. XC
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Treyos Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Have they given you any data on how common this sort of thing is?  Is it a known thing, albeit uncommon, or are you like one in a billion?  'Cause wouldn't you feel special if you had managed to pull of a unique medical condition! 


... "a unique"... "an unique"... One looks wrong, the other sounds wrong... I hate when that happens.
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Heh. I was diagnosed with exophoria. Hopefully that's the only problem. XC
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Treyos Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
"Exophoria" almost sounds like a good thing.  XD
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:iconbjpentecost:
BJPentecost Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
XD Alas, nope. It means my eyes have a tendency to not want to work together. XC
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Treyos Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Easy solution: cyber-eyes!

I mean, we're getting close to 2020, so some of the Cyberpunk stuff should be here by now, right?
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's what I'm hoping for. XD
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Elucidator Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Extremely cool work! Well-done!
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vanilla-vanilla Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
Good news on the eyes, and it sounds like being able to do this kind of work is helping... :-)
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Brendavid Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Dunno if you got my lost comment since the reupload, so I'll put something similar. :D

I think this is wonderful. :D I really like it. The colors are great and all the texture work.
 I take a zbrush class next semester and I've dabbled in digital sculpt before, and I think paintovers is a great application for it. These are some of my favorites that I've seen. Do you have or plan on making a tutorial? Or have somewhere you learned it from that I can look into? Thanks!
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I wish I had more free time or I'd love making tutorials. :\ I wonder if I could do a Patreon project. Maybe something like a dollar per tutorial? I've really got to do something. :\ These medical bills are zonking me.
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Brendavid Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
sorry for the late reply here! I could have SWORN I sent a reply, but deviantart insists I didn't. I would gladly pay for a tutorial, especially if it's for something as handy as making digital sculpts work in the realm of 2D imagery. I've seen them play very well together, and also seen them mixed terribly. I'm interested in trying my hand at it, but the best I could think to do is color layers over a whitish material.
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:) I'll keep that in mind.
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Brendavid Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
well thanks! :D
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sandcastler Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
Oh wow!  I wish you'd do fantastic detail poses like this for one of your lovely exotic mermaids!!
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