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How to get "out of focus" ... image inside

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  1. Aerografing

    Aerografing Gravity Guru

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    Hello,

    Thank you very much for reading, and first of all, apologize for my English.

    I am making this portrait of a dog, and I come to a moment where I do not know how to continue, and it is the parts of the image that are out of focus, that is, they are not in the foreground (they are marked in red).

    My doubts are the following ... as it is a black and white image:

    1- I have transparent colors, blnco, black, etc ... is it possible to get transparent colors "defonque" or do I need opaque colors?

    2- In the event that I can ... please tell me step by step how I can get it.
    - How much black
    - How much other color
    - How much reducer ...

    Thank you very much

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  2. markjthomson

    markjthomson AKA QuickDraw and very happy #nobrushleftbehind Staff Member Mod

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    Spray with the airbrush further away from the paper. Practice on some scrap first and you'll get the idea.
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    markjthomson AKA QuickDraw and very happy #nobrushleftbehind Staff Member Mod

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    The highlight can be done with an eraser. What are you spraying on? Is it paper or card or metal...?
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    Thanks!!
    It is createx's paper!!!!

    and respect the mixture of color...opaques...transparents colors...???
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    markjthomson AKA QuickDraw and very happy #nobrushleftbehind Staff Member Mod

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    OK so you should be able to use an eraser to get some of the soft edges. Opaque and transparent aren’t colors, they are types of paint. Not sure what colour you are using but as it appears monotone I expect you will only be using one color. It would depend on the situation but transparent will give you more control on the depth of shade.

    Here is one to give you an idea of how to get the soft tones...
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    Umm... my opinion would be to listen to what the other guys have to say :thumbsup: They know what they're talking about.
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    Just copy the textures that are in focus. Just make sure you get the direction of the fur right. Look at other references to make sure. For the noce, copy the sharp edges of the eyelids.
    Just a heads up. With such a tight crop, it will look quite flat without the depth of field of the reference.
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    Thanks but I still do not know what I have to do to blur ... what is the technique ... the type of paint ... etc
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    The only way to learn how to paint out of focus is to practise it ! Again and again and again.
    Anything you don’t know how to paint - practise. Paint what you see, not what you think you see.
    You paint ‘out of focus’ the same as ‘in focus’ but without as many sharp edges/lines and less detail.

    Opaque will cover whatever is below it, transparents will allow underlying textures and colours to show through.
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    To paint out of focus you just do not put any detail in. For the soft edges you just hold the airbrush further away. You do not need any special paint or mixtures or tools. Just paint what you see. If you see a blob with soft edges, just put it like that. Don't worry if it is an ear or a space ship.
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    Exactly this, if you want to have more control you can mix transparent base with the black the more you add the thinner the load of pigment In the paint. This gives you a buffer by which you can’t spray too dark too soon because you will flood the paper. This also creates a softer looking work
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    Thanks @musicmacd Now @Aerografing load your brush up and get practicing... you will learn faster that way rather than asking us to come and hold the brush for you. As we have told you before we can only explain so far, you have to put it into practice. You've got enough here to go and start working it out, I suggest you do so.
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    Most issues arise when you try to paint a complete painting in one pass. The second is when you layer to far with a transparent. I hardly use opaque unless the painting need a solid coverage. When I buff a color I gradually build making sure not to flood the surface like musicmacd mentioned. Layers layers layers. Last layers usually are misting to adjust the hue.

    If I need to lighten or darken a value of a color I will load up with transparent base and some reducer to keep it flowing and semi transparent.


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    I have followed your adviced...what is your opinion? I would like criticism...

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    You need some lighter areas in there too and it’s a bit hard to see because it’s so dark
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    Looking good
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    yep I tried to say Mark totally has you covered but I must have had bad reception at that time.
    Besides Im not much of a portrait artist, just learning that myself but thank you for asking.
    What youve done I think looks better than I could do.
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    Thank you very much to all participants. :)
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    Just look at my work, spaces that are AB from a distance with no detailed lines that interflow between two shades forms out of focus effect... the Skull I did have more out of focus detail for you to look at

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