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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…

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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icetabby9 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2018
wow  noob LOAF INTENSIFIES Plz Die :plzdie: 
DJ-Muted Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2018  Student General Artist
:uhwhat: :OCsaidfuckyou: - Request 2 
LeftysArt1987 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018
Nice Job!
Babytronic Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
quitra Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
TanithLipsky Featured By Owner May 16, 2018
 cool. i am inspired.
ClipClapCat Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2018  Student General Artist
What brushes did you use?
Tanukitan Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How did you do this? It's so amazing!
Ganondorfs-Sister Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
rxsecoke Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
likely a marble
Ganondorfs-Sister Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
BigHearts27 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018
i love these!
Mario3338 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh look a broccoli ball
Kitanokata Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist
Amazing work!
AMusoke Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018  Student Digital Artist
This is balls dope, deffs something I wanna get started on doing too.
Problem is, I dna where to really start. Like do you do these from life, or are google images enough to work from?
mondspeer Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017
And again, this is awesome!

Hours and hours of dedicated work, I see in this file. 

Talented, you are, young artist.
The Empire Strikes Back - Weird Yoda Icon 
STRRRWBY Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017
Can we get these texture for download? PLEASE!?!?!?!
WizzDono Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016  Professional General Artist
The thing I know to take account is how light behaves on matter. Sounds easy to say, tho I guess the true challenge is to apply it.
SilverXSnake Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016
I just want a big frame on the wall with each of these (real life) elements!
DarinHuddy Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016   Digital Artist
:D (Big Grin) Great work.
codermotor Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
And more inspiration.  I've got my work cut out for me.
gilesdraws Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Professional Filmographer
This is very inspiring, both in terms of quantity and quality. I definitely need to do this, painting different materials is one of my many weaknesses.

Also, the little fly sitting on the poo ball gave me a laugh. :)
TheDarkHeretic Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015
Very impressing and really helpfull, thank you so much for doing that :) Nod Clap !
jamppamaattori Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I started doing this and it is surprisingly difficult. A good challenge!
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!
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
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.
SandraWinther 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^^
the1dragon1girl Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist that tigerseye i see?
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.
the1dragon1girl Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I still do
Creaciones-Jean Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Están geniales... Te felicito...!!! Muy buen trabajo...
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.
Mad-Alice-07 Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll be lucky if i could draw one XD :p 
Karenauau Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist 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!
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.
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 
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?
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.
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 ^_^
TytoTheGreat Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The textures on this are lovely, what a great way to practice
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??
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!
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 )
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.
OwlComet Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
They look so cute!! X,D 
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
haha thanks :D
Kathelonia Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Great examples!
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
Creaturehunter Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student Filmographer
Very awesome material study! I really love this one.
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