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eye gleam?
Mike_G at 2:41PM, Jan. 13, 2006
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I've been trying to push myself, and this part is stumping me. The piece I'm working on has those glowing eyes, like light's coming out of them. I tried making a new layer and putting a hazy white layer over them, but it just looked like she was oozing puss… my next guess is to back fill them with a dark color and ‘air brush’ a layer of white over them, but I'm curious if there's a better way.

Here's what I have so far. Pretty sure there's alot I'm missing.

Any advice?

Oh, and this is being done with the GIMP, can't afford Photoshop yet…feeling the lack of brush templates :P
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LostPriestess at 3:28PM, Jan. 13, 2006
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That picture is lit so brightly, than the glow wouldn't really be all that noticible (if you're doing this underr realy world lighting)

You mught try adding some slight color to the light, or making the contrast more pronounced. Show that the light source is her eyes by putting the approperate shadows in the drawing. if youu just put the white haze over it, it's just going to look like haze, not light. Light produces shadow. It needs shadows to be identified as light. (damn, that sounds like something from a bad teen angst comic)
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mykill at 3:48PM, Jan. 13, 2006
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Do you understand light and shadow? For glowing eyes - the primary light source should be… the eyes! So think about it that way. The brow top would catch shadow, the brow bottom, light, the lids would catch shadow - or is light pouring thru them making them pink. The bottom half of the face should be lit like there's a top light. The top half of the head should be shadowed like the light is coming from below….

How to reconcile this with day light ? - SUBTLE SHADING!, Look at real photos to see how light behaves. Put a small flashlight in your mouth and have someone take a photo. Use it for ref.
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Mike_G at 4:54PM, Jan. 13, 2006
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Heh, good points. Probably the wrong time of day for that kind of effect…
Think I'll back up to the line art and push the day/dusk light behind her.

I tried altering the glow with colored crosshatching and darkening the eyelids, worked really well.
Thanks for the help! ^_^
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Mike_G at 10:34AM, Feb. 4, 2006
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heh, really has been a while. Anyway, I *finally* went back to this picture, finished, and posted it:


thanks again for the advice! ^_^ really helped my get a handle on this
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subcultured at 1:19PM, Feb. 4, 2006
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she looks blind :shock:
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ccs1989 at 2:29PM, Feb. 4, 2006
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The second picture is much better for eye glow, but if you want a colored eye glow try putting a layer on top of the drawing and set the airbrush tool to a lower opacity and go around the edges of the eyes.

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sniper jedi at 9:57PM, April 17, 2007
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Depending on the program you are useing, you could try colouring a solid white circle or oval over each eye, and then useing guasian blur. (what i do in
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gigatwo at 12:13PM, April 18, 2007
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If the eyes are on their own layer, duplicate that layer, blur the top one and set it to addition or screen.
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that kid yellow at 9:14AM, April 19, 2007
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yeah darken you pic before you try and brighten the eyes. i just learned that like a week
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Kristen Gudsnuk at 7:47PM, April 19, 2007
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wow, check out those knockers
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