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    Mantis Landscape *first digital painting*

    This is my first entirely digital painting. I've added some WIPs on the rocky road to the final because it might be of some interest to see the "ugly stages." I bounced back and forth from Photoshop CS3 and Painter X.

    Here, I roughed out the initial composition. To create the multiples, I duplicated the initial creature which has it's inherent risks of looking like well...just that. The creatures are meant to be a hive mind, but that isn't a good excuse! I made sure to grind it in my head to go back and tweak things to eliminate any copy/paste look.

    Mantis Landscape *first digital painting*

    The creatures were roughed in blue with the intention of going black. However I didn't like what was going on with the coolness of the color and after playing around I landed on a green/yellow base. After getting the color issue settled, I discovered a mistake in the perspective and fixed the horizon line by raising it. The initial rough of the main mantis looked like a plastic statue, so I repositioned him and also worked out in more detail of it's anatomy. I also did some major tweaking of the skull and hair of the protagonist, and getting the features foreshortened correctly.

    Mantis Landscape *first digital painting*

    Once that was done, I was ready for the final pass of individualizing the background "mantids," returned the blue into the sky, fixed the jaw, and tightened things all around.

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    The composition is rather odd... Flesh out the story of the painting before you start sketching - why is she there? Why are they there? What is the interaction - currently there isn't any. Her pose does not in any way relate to the apparent mantis army behind her - is she scared of them? Are they her friends? The overall standard of painting is fine, left eye looks a little off and a few other wee bits and bobs, but the main area which could be worked on is the composition.

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    This scene is taking place outdoors under direct sunlight. That means this lady should have hard-edged shadows on her face cast by her hair, her nose, her eyebrow, etc. Currently she is lit by a very soft, ambient light, which is more what you would be likely to see inside of a white room with multiple light-sources.
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