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    the Layered Cake.

    Here was my entry for the Dominance War 3. Any tips on how to enhance my photoshop painting skills?

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    The graphic design and backgrounds to everything look a bit chaotic. If this is a concept sheet, I'd drop all the funny business and just make it simple and very readable. Think about gettng the information across first and foremost. Also, I'd go in and tithen up some of those paints if I were you. Don't be afraid to use a hard edged brush sometime on strong flow. As it is right now, everything looks kind of fuzzy. Even the metal plates.

    However I do think the design looks pretty cool as it is right now. It's just hard to tell with the aforementioned fuzziness and being overshadows by the loud BGs.

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    Thank you for your feed back. I noticed how people were complimenting the background more then the work itself.

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    What interceptor said and push some more values into the img to make it pop out to the viewer and up the brush hardness. As for the background i would keep the edges on the graphics were you placed the text cleaner and drop the busy line work(the greenish brush work) in the background texture so it detracts less from you main focus.

    I do like the design. Also the winning pose can use a bit more work to make that pose really striking. Dont get m wrong i really like how you posed the winning shot. I just think you can do better IMO.

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    Your main problem with the digital color pieces is that you're relying too much on value. You can completely desaturate the images and you'd not lose any information about the surfaces and light. A common trick is to colorize a grayscale piece, but you appear to be about one step beyond that. What you seem to be doing is thinking of the color fields as monochrome, grayscale analogues- "this part of the costume is red, so it's all the same hue" can only take you so far. That red will, in reality, have browns, purples, oranges, pink, maybe even some yellow, all in subtly shifting relationships. The earlier you begin thinking of all the colors in the piece, the more they individually will matter to the piece. Become familiar with the ways color works in modeling forms by intensive practice with observation- it's really the only way. Volumes can and have been written about this stuff, so check a few out.

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    wow didnt know people were still looking at this. Thanks for the tips! Now if only I can find a Model Painting session in Las Vegas Like I did back at Art Center. :/

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    Your paintings look less finished than the sketches, which seems pretty backwards. I'd suggest digging and running through the paintings one more time. Like others said, add a few more colors to your palette on the next run.

    The sketches are awesome, though, and the amount of effort put in is impressive. Good work!

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    Im BACK!

    So yeah didnt get around to Fixing the Argonaut thingy, but did get into a Team Production, Broken Minds We even got freatured by Game Developer October 2010 So here are the posters, and the startscreen to the game.

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