Here goes my introduction...
Hello, I'm new...just joined today...(Happy New Year!) I do have an account at deviantART...(glances nervously) I wanted to join because I thought this was the place where I could get farther faster than being over at deviantART (I used to think it was an ok place when I was a naive little girl. Now, I see that it's basically a crazy popularity contest.).
I'm a high school Senior in a Drawing 2 class this year and would have been in a higher class if I had taken Drawing 1 my Freshman year. I'm planning to work in a field that involves art...perhaps something like graphic design? I'm still not sure.
I need all the advice I can get.
I spent an entire week on a picture with less than 6 hours of sleep everyday (worked on it all day and pretty much all night) because it was a late Christmas present for someone. Also, research papers start after we get back from Winter Break, and I knew I had to finish within the break.
So...um...here's my picture...the first one (I used reference pictures for their poses).
...I'm sorry if the picture's crappiness burns anyone's eyes...>_>;
I haven't done any digital coloring lately because I wanted to boost up my traditional coloring skills using what I've learned in my drawing class. I decided to try digital coloring again was to see if I'd improve any (and I don't think I did at all).
I look at the coloring and I will be honest. I do like it, but I feel that it's only half of what I really would like it to be in my mind...I've been following a tutorial (done by the same artist who did the second picture that I've attached) and studying the screenshots in there to figure out which brush to use and more. For example, the hair...ugh...I spent an entire day coloring and redoing it. The skin wasn't so bad, but I still don't like the result at all. What I was trying to go for on coloring is something along the lines of the other picture there with one guy in it (done by yumix at deviantART). The skin looks much more pleasing to the eye than the skin in my picture.
I'm using a Wacom Grapphire3 4 x 6 (I think that's the size?) tablet and Photoshop 7.
Any advice on how to achieve that level of digital coloring/painting?? I've been busting my brains out trying again and again but I seem to never get there.
Sorry for the lengthy post...but I thought it was better than giving less information about what I'm trying to ask advice for.