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    a quick gimp job

    I did this in 15 - 20 mins today. I found the skull online.

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    the details of the face are too soft and blurry. The cards are too flat a color and the white steals all the attention. The fire behind should be casting a bright orange light behind the skull as well as shadows. Look up references for both fire and how a fire lights up a scene. The colors are too literal and instead you should decide on a harmonious color palette before you start. hope this all helps.

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    I see what ya mean and I an gonna work on it some more.

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    The problem also lies in telling us you spent 15 minutes on it. Do you honestly expect us to be impressed or invest much time in giving you a critique when you painted this in a sloppy manner in 15 minutes? Lets see what you can really do. Do you have any finished illustrations that you've spent more time on like say 5 or more hours?

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    No but I like a challeng and will rework this same pic to see what I can really do myself keep watching FIG I will make it better.

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    Well its good to hear you are encouraged to keep working on this using critiques. Lets see you make this into a kick ass piece. Use hard edged brushes to bring detail, not so much of the soft edge airbrush tool you are using in Photoshop. Also, lets see you chisel the detail on the bone with painting. Think about hotspots and where highlights should fall and also add shadows to the skull. I would first start by creating a layer over the line art, setting it to multiply and then using the paint bucket tool to apply a base coat of Burnt Sienna or some other dark color. Then paint your colors over that.

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    ok FIG I am workng on it right now

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    Isn't that a huntington beach bodyworks stencil? I wouldn't suggest stealing designs like that. I would learn how to draw it out and do it yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake Kobrin View Post
    Isn't that a huntington beach bodyworks stencil? I wouldn't suggest stealing designs like that. I would learn how to draw it out and do it yourself.
    it looks like he's just experimenting, learning and having fun.

    i don't think he's going to be selling this image as 'his own' or putting it in a portfolio.

    c'mon, if he's having fun and is interested in the work i say go for it.

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    It sounds like he is just practicing coloring/painting. He even says he got the design from online, not that it was his artwork. Its like people who want to color comics when they request or obtain high resolution versions of comic pages to practice on. As long as this guy stresses he is not going to make money from this and that the line art was not originally his, its not a big deal.

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    Not selling it and I did get it online just want to learn to use gimp.

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    as said, just too blurry, the teeth are looking good, make the rest a bit clearer and this'll look good. Don't like the colour combination, too saturated for that combination. Also, in literal terms, if the cigar is red hot then the skull is sucking in, therefore no smoke and unless there's an updraft the smoke wouldn't shoot up like that, it lingers and swirls and is generally much softer.

    (personal taste - lose the fire background, doesn't complement the skull at all). Good start for 15 minutes though

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    ok "effort" number 2

    ok I started from scratch and am to this point and thought I better check in. Also, I am not happy yet with the brushes I have found but I think I am heading in the right direction. Let me know and thansk for all the help so far.

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    more

    here it is after more work I like the tecture of the skull now.

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    update

    Here is the latest version. The hat is ruffed in only gonna stop for today tune in tomorroy to see what happens next... if ya like what ya see that is LOL

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    OK I lied I wanted to get the back ground going

    ta da I think this rocks better than flames.

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    I freakin love the background man!
    its coming along very well, but dont stop now- push it to the next level!
    you gotta fix the hat, dont be afraid to look up some photo reference.
    try to loose all the white from the pic, except from where the light is reflecting brightly...very brightly.

    Dont overdo the red from the eye/light, keep it in its place. I dont know if you know what I mean, but the theres a little bit of red on the outside of the scull which is very visible

    I will see if I can help you out further, but you are doing pretty good on your own there bud!

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    Thats a nice start rendering the skull. Lets see a shadow on the hat and the lighting coming from behind which if I remember correctly was to be fire.

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    big improvement in the second attempt. I'd recommend using a color not quite as dark around the teeth and add more color to it... it looks too close to black. Can't wait to see the final piece.

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    ok spent a good part of this morning working up 2 versions. The flames are temporarily kicking my butt. I will post wha I have in a few.

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    forgot my mem stick and my vpn is hosed up so I will post tomorrow morning

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