here's another one from today..I'm not sure how I can paint the sky smoothly as it lightens on its way to the horizon line, I really really really need advice on this one! also I'm not sure what brushes to use, or how much I'm supposed to use different opacities. I tried to capture the simple masses effectively. on the first piece I used 100% opacity all around, but when you look at Mullins' works or such..ah, never mind. I guess I'll just have to experiment.
Critique desperately needed!
Last edited by ruuhkis; September 1st, 2008 at 03:01 PM.
yo dude, first of all, i wish you the best for your new fresh start, im sure its a good source of motivation for you. Those 2 landscapes are great , nice to see your doing studies. As for the brushes, i always prefer to work with high opacity when im sure of the colorr/tone im putting on, when sketching the color real loose and fast its a good idead to use maybe a lower opacity brush to blend quickly color together without worrying about the opacity setting... i like to use a hard brush with low opacity as a start to get a lot of color variation to start with... For smooth stuff such as the sky .. a big smooth airbrush would be good to mix those slight sky color variation. I really like the last one , it has a nice relazing feeling.. anyway, keep it up man !!
If you are working with a tablet, and i think u are, keeping a few brushes set to pressure sensitivity in ur brushset is a good thing.
Using this function doesnt mean u cant use the brush at full opacity since it will all depend on how hard u press the stylus.
However u've got to control its pressure sensitivity so that u dont have to press it to hard to have very opaque brushstrokes when using those brushes. See what i mean?
How much I'm supposed to use different opacities.
Opacity variaton is useful to mix and/or blend colors for instance. But i think its up to you to see how it works throughout experimentaions.
However i think one should be careful not to be too shy with opacity set to pressure sensitivity since it can result in wishy-washy colors.
I'm not sure how I can paint the sky smoothly as it lightens on its way to the horizon line, I really really really need advice on this one!
Really? In this situation i usually rely on the airbrush alot. Painting a smooth gradation with a brush with opacity set to pressure sensitivity will take alot of time.
I learnt some very useful things by wacthing those vids on speedpainting from imagination, even for landscapes.
WhiteC, S.M., thanks...you guys are what this community is all about... and thanks to verehin too, I shouldn't have done that mistake I'll drop by your sketchbooks tomorrow when I have more time. I'm gonna dig into this info that you guys posted and I think it's gonna take a while...meanwhile, here's a piece I did to chill out. it's a study of Le Samouraï's movie poster from the 60's. brown paper, white and red+green acrylics, a loose pencil sketch underneath
Last edited by ruuhkis; August 9th, 2008 at 02:58 PM.
It's funny how my eye can't see the colors as they appear. Bananas are yellow, right? and when there's a light source of different color, the surface of the banana doesn't appear as yellow anymore. but since I know they appear as yellow in normal lighting, the back of my head has big trouble seeing another color cast on it. in other words you could say that I have difficulty in seeing things as flat 2-d designs.
As I've painted mountains I've noticed how the mountains are quite blue in color. in this next painting there's nothing than blue on the mountain on the left. does the blue sky really have such a tremendous effect on it? I began painting it with..desaturated brown? without even realizing its true color in this lighting.
even the shadow areas in the green trees are blue. does distance, 'aerial perspective' have anything to do with this?
+one quick sketch..testing brushes and swift working, mainly
Last edited by ruuhkis; August 10th, 2008 at 01:43 PM.
hey there, nice to see you update this often hehe. Biggest tip i can give you while looking at those last 2, do you see all those small white spots not completely covered by color that pop there and there ? Im pretty sure you started with a white background on both images, you should try fillinmg your background with a color that suits the global palette of the image ( sky color for instances, since it take almost half the canvas ). If you use a white background and apply a color with low opacity, that color will tend to desaturate really quickly, like those orange in the 2nd painting. Good job anyway, keep at it you will improve real quick if you understand how to improve. Lear all about color theory at the same time anmd try to apply things you have learn in each painting.. like i told to some guy too, photo / life colorstudies are great, because it challenges you to guess the color, and when you are not sure about what the color is, you can just go on the photo and color pic , not to just copy the color , but to understand how that color is made. ( Hue, saturation, lightness. ) soon you will understand the link between those 3 values and the light in your paintings.
Keep it up !
WhiteC: THANKS for taking all this time to reply in my humble sb I absolutely agree about those white spots, I'm gonna follow that advice and fill the canvas with dominating colors before anything else. most certainly that will also make me feel more confident considering I don't have to go thru the 'staring at the white paper' phase. again, big thanks
here's one painting for tonight...got some paper stuff drawn as well but can't post it at the moment. just some cloth drawing failure so I guess I can let that slip aside.. but MAN am I learning! I guess when you're new to something, you can't really get a grip of it right away. but you do it until. That's the key!
sup ruuhkis, post # 10 is looking good, nice brushwork in it. I see that you draw a lot of landscape with water in them.. it would be wise to study a bit how reflection work if you want to draw realistic water =) Water is usually of a colro close to the sky color, with highlights where the sun its. Anyway, lot of improvements already, next step would be to do them quicker ( and maybe a bit smaller if you want to only grasp quick colors ) or try to learn how to add details in them. Keep it up !