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Thread: snowboard painting / Mt. Hood
September 23rd, 2008 #1
snowboard painting / Mt. Hood
this is my friend Shawn Craddick doing a switch 360 at Mt. Hood in Oregon... he asked me to paint this for an add... I don't think it's good enough yet... I have to make the foreground a little clearer... the mountain in the background a little lighter... and the clouds a little lighter... anything I can do to make this really pop, stand out... 'cuz he wants to use this for some add or something... the painting is 3' x 4'... thank you so much...
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That's either a tiny guy or a huge ramp. Or both.
...Where's his right arm?
September 23rd, 2008 #3
It's in front of his leg on the snowboard.
Even though it's silhouetted, it could probably be a bit more defined, or bring the arm out a little more to make it look more apparent - it kind of looks like it's just the leg.
Also, I think you want to make the snowboarder the focal point, but right now it's not. Trying to think of how to make that come out more.
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September 25th, 2008 #4
here is what i got... i think i did what you were saying with the guy...his arm... made it stand out more... as for the size of the guy, I worked from a photo... this is real size, he is not tiny, he's just going huge... thank you for your comments, much appreciated...
and here is a close up of the guy...
September 25th, 2008 #5
did some more on it...
and here is the photo I worked from...
September 25th, 2008 #6
Hi Markb, I really like the focus of your piece.
The drama you're trying to relate with Shawn's pose is pretty evident, but if you define his body a little more I think it could really stand out.
In addition, I like how the reference image showed him and the mountains in the background in a warm tone, with the sky a deep blue violet colour. If you follow the image along those lines, a warm and cool colour juxtaposed you could really make it pop more.
I like where it is going, but I fear using the same mixture of colours, as well as the same texture for both him and the background muddy it a bit, and let him recede too much.
Actually, I really liked that crop of just him, as well as the tilt you put on him to better convey the action. I think you could play around with the picture more for a really interesting composition and a truly epic moment. Keep at it man!
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September 29th, 2008 #7
i took your advice HNguyen, or at least I tried to... thank you here's the painting...
and here is a close up of the guy...
... the photo of the first one is not the best...
September 30th, 2008 #8
did a little more... and it's a better picture...
September 30th, 2008 #9
nice progress one thing that bothers me is that the ramps top is perfectly lined up with the ground which creates a very apparent line and completely splits the page in half, I know its in the photo as well but you may want to raise the ramp line up slightly, it would help the eyes move up to the figure and add greater depth to the piece.
September 30th, 2008 #10
October 1st, 2008 #11
Nice Progress Markb, I'm happy some of what I said was of use to you. Thanks for thanks as well, as a newbie to the forum I looked at it quizzically for a moment
I may have missed it before, but it looks like you played with the middle ground some more, I like how you've tightened it up.
I also like that you're playing with the composition more, as well as the highlights and definition on the body.
My favourite part of your most recent updates are the sky you've built around the top of the image, it elegantly silhouettes him. With the sky so bright, I think you could haze out the background a little bit, particulaly that dark bit in the middle to the level of the mountain next to it.
I think with the last crop you could add just a bit of the top of the ramp to the bottom of the edge, maybe at a tilt or with a slight curve on the top to convey space. It would anchor the user to the foreground [use a little bit of a blur filter for a nice field of view gimmick]. Just copy it and play with it as a layer, so if you don't like it you could always dump it. Aside from all that, I'm glad to see you've kept on it, as it is really shaping up.