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nova and Erika at the beach 02 - REDUX by will-Ruzicka nova and Erika at the beach 02 - REDUX by will-Ruzicka
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So, I didn't hate the original version. It's just there were a few things that bothered me about it, and I wanted to update it a little. Problem is, I must have messed up 3 years ago, and flattened the layers. I couldn't easily edit the piece unless I was going to paint over it... but the more I planned, the more I realized I would want to redraw the characters from scratch.

So first thing I did was to use CS5's content aware delete to remove the characters, then I did a little touch up on that. I added some photo referenced rock textures that I then painted over... fixed the ocean a little and then colored the characters in my usual style.

I mixed it up a little by painting the characters in flesh tones, rather than grey tones. I used adjustment layers to recolor the hair and bikinis and such.

Let's see if I come back to this again in another three years or so. 9_9
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:iconthatoneangelfish:
thatoneangelfish Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thats good! im lovin the extreme detail on the rocks and the water as the waves crash against them.
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:iconwill-ruzicka:
will-Ruzicka Sep 12, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I had a lot of fun updating this one. Oddly the water didn't need much work, I felt.
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:iconthatoneangelfish:
thatoneangelfish Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
no problemo! the water still looks great!
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:iconpimphand:
pimphand Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The texture on the rocks is really nicely done as well as the way you rendered the surf break. Nice work.
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:iconwill-ruzicka:
will-Ruzicka Jun 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I had a lot of fun sampling real rock textures and painting over them. ^^
And painting water for me is a total pain.
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:icondez26:
I just. can't. take. my. eyes. off. of. Nova's. butt.

Is something wrong with me?
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:iconwill-ruzicka:
will-Ruzicka Mar 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
well... that was kind of my intent with the picture, so... mission accomplished.
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:icondez26:
i always thought Nova looked great with her hair up like this
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:iconwill-ruzicka:
will-Ruzicka Mar 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
If I'm not mistaken (and I probably am) this is the one time I've ever drawn her with her hair like that. o_o
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:icondez26:
Well yeah. Here, and in the original picture too!
Which was one of the first pictures of you I ever saw.
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