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Material studies. by Suzanne-Helmigh Material studies. by Suzanne-Helmigh
Phew this was great practice :)
On 28th of November I had my mind set on finishing 100 studies of materials. Never knew I was able to finish.
I learned so much about materials, reflection, lighting, colors etc. I would recommend such a practice to anyone.
I started saving the references somewhere halfway so if you would like to have that file for your own practice purposes go to this FB link, click options and than download
www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi…

Thanks to these studies, I was able to paint these:
Lifestudy July by Suzanne-Helmigh Lifestudy June by Suzanne-Helmigh Lifestudy May by Suzanne-Helmigh April Stilllife by Suzanne-Helmigh Candlelight stilllife by Suzanne-Helmigh Life study #01 by Suzanne-Helmigh
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i-Dvnt Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
Nice going..! Excellent things shown in it, and it's a perfect way to teach people as you do so with the composition as such!
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silenceartwork Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't suppose you have a written list of all the materials? I can tell what most of them are, but Id like to do my own studies, this is really getting me into the mood of doing it hehe
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Neelai Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love looking at these! Every time I do I recognize something new :-D Although I must admit that I can't guess them all.
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Sandramalie Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing! Great work!
This is really inspiring, I want to do a mini version of this as well^^
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the1dragon1girl Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Student General Artist
...is that tigerseye i see?
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
yes! :D I used to collect lots of those type of gemstones as a kid.
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:iconthe1dragon1girl:
the1dragon1girl Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Student General Artist
I still do
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bbvzla Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Están geniales... Te felicito...!!! Muy buen trabajo...
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Manda-of-the-6 Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Student General Artist
These are great! I particularly like the snakeskin and wine glass ones.
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Mad-Alice-07 Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll be lucky if i could draw one XD :p 
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Karenauau Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Student General Artist
Hi Suzanne ! Amazing Job you did there. Last week I had this intern test and my work was turned down. I was feeling a little depressed and came across your journals. It's really Inspiring and motivating ! I'm going to start my own practices. I have a question though, did you paint this in grayscale first or directly in color?
Thank you for making those journals!
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
We all go through hundreds of turn down before we get a yes :) don't feel bummed out too much ^^
these were done in colour right away :) but i think you'd still learn great things while doing them in greyscale.
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heyimaimee Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I love these! I'm currently in a class where we have to do all sorts of scary rendering but you make it seem so easy! Nuu 
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neophobica Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
These look pretty amazing! I really like the egg :D
Did you plan the different materials before you started or did you choose materials as they came to your mind?
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! I had the first 12 planned and than i kinda had to brainstorm about new ones that didnt' look much alike the ones i did.
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neophobica Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the info!
I already started collecting ideas for myself :D
And as soon I have time I can fit them in to study ^_^
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TytoTheGreat Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The textures on this are lovely, what a great way to practice
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TheTragicNightmare Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm trying to study materialsmaterials but its so hard and reference won't help me if I dont understand the surface properties. Resources to learn the shiny dull flat reflective properties please??
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MarinaOrtega Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's awesome! I come to check this practice more than once, because I really like how you finished them and even the overall composition of all :) If I can ask, how do you like to paint materials and textures? Do you prefere to use a lot of customized brushes or do you prefer to use more common brushes painting closer to the traditional way with a bit of custom ones only? Keep these good practices!
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I only needed about 5 different ones for all of these together.
I see no point in making it harder to keep with one brush, it was all about being able to paint the material in as little as time as possible without loosing the information of it. :) As long as it's all hand painted, with whatever type of brushes (crunchy-spray-soft etc) it's a great excersize.
It's a skill needed even when doing photobashed images in other projects, this way you can fix materials by painting them because this study teaches you how materials work :)
(lol this was more talk than you asked for XD )
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MarinaOrtega Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Perfect!Thank you for taking your time answering me. It's an issue in which I have no fixed habits, sometimes I try too much brushes and don't find which I want, and another I use one or two, and later I notice I should have used more, hehe, so I am trying to review this kind of exercise. And yes, definitely it would help with a lot of kind of works, from colorful illustration to realistic photobashing. Thank you, Suzanne! :) Congrats for all your nice work.
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OwlComet Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
They look so cute!! X,D 
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
haha thanks :D
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Kathelonia Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great examples!
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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Creaturehunter Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student Filmographer
Very awesome material study! I really love this one.
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! :D
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Creaturehunter Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student Filmographer
No problemo XD
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Beatz-Art Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuushi
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:P nomnom
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Beatz-Art Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha :excited: 
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eggs4lyf Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I cannot handle ur art its too good for my puny mortal eyes
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much glad you like it ^^
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DeepDream-21 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Really well done! You inspirated me to do that, too :D
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
cool! Show me a link when you post it on DA :D
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Deanit83 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this! Really amazing =)
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks ^^ :hug:
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Gigi-Avila Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional
Omg, amazing! I'll start my studies today!Really helpful! :love:
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
good luck! :D
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Gigi-Avila Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Professional
Thanks :D
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sinnelius Featured By Owner May 18, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you, you are, way too nice.
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! :D
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gothicAge Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
aweome Clap 
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :hug:
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gothicAge Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
nothing to thank…you do a great drill with yourself-the results speak for themselves
(i wanted to donate, but im myself burned down… facepalm  )
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zanazoidrift Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Interesting! Sherlock Holmes 
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks ^^
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Martin-Krieger Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a lot of stuff. Do you do this with painting techniques? or more of a 'vexel' layering type thing?
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's all hand painted. :)
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Martin-Krieger Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Tablet, mouse, or trackpad? :)
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