Here is my completed Asuka Kisaragi for Infinity, with yakuza tattoos and all.
I’m really happy with how she turned out. I’m less happy with how she looks in the photos.
I’m always hesitant to put up photos, because a) I don’t enjoy taking them, b) it’s a hassle to get them from the camera to the computer, and c) I’m never happy with how my stuff looks in photos.
Photos are like looking at the model through a magnifying glass. With the resolution of modern cameras, there is just so much information that when you zoom in (or even when you don’t) it’s like looking at the model from far closer than you comfortably could in real life. So I know this sounds like whining, but I simply don’t have the skills to take photos that do my painting style justice. I paint too impressionistically. These ones were taken with a good camera (Canon EOS 6D) and a standard lens. A macro lens (which we had on our old camera) is even worse. At this point I’m assuming that all of the people who’s work looks great in photos paint in that perfectly smooth airbrush style that doesn’t show any brush strokes or, indeed, paint texture.
For example, here is Asuka’s face at the actual size the camera took the photo:
The main pictures above are as close as I could get to how it looks to the naked eye. Any photography tips would be welcome; it actually bums me out quite a bit.