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Went back to the drawing board and re-worked the composition. I like it better, just got to paint the darn thing, which is overwhelming especially with the amounts of blue/grey snow looks like.
UPDATE: Well, started throwing in color. I figured out the mountain/cliff thing, sorta. Working on the castle now, hopefully I'll get it done.
Tsujni - Looking great now, getting a bit curious about the castle silhouette. Reminds me of a conch shell. P.S. Mentioning square brushes was a great tip.
Timothee - Cool, you've got the composition, but something bothers me about how close the castle is to the edge, like the cliff could give way any minute to the weight of it.
Zapp! - I like where you're going with this... the sky's a bit blank though.
Yoitisi - Great sketches, I think the right one where the castle is built into the mountain is an awesome idea.
Last edited by JSpayde; December 24th, 2008 at 04:54 PM. Reason: image update
Changed the foreground a bit and tried to make it look more snowy.
I think its finished but if there is anything I could add or change let me know and I'll try and do some stuff.
Also, what do I do for an icon? I dont want to get it wrong
man yoitisi, stop doing skektches which look better than my near-finished or finished work
JSpayde- Thanks! yeah, I think I placed the castle A little too extremely to the edge , I'll add some more "real estate" under it, so that it looks more stable.
You can work now and play later, or play now and work later.
icon ... lil pic
hosted by something other than CA
NOT attached to your post but image link included in your post
used to identify your piec e in the poll.. see the first post in EVERY challenge to get precise instructions
ok, thanks chaosrocks
Awesome topic and work guys! Heres my first wip. It's a castle built on the edge of a glacier.
cool concept Icemoon!
Final? I'd like to thank my garage floor and the tree by the driveway for the awesome textures and I look forward to working together in the future.
Just a thought, should those of us using photos for textures or as brushes post the photos along with the image? Yes, No?
very cool and promising works so far, guys.
really like the idea of the glacier edge Icemoon!
great concept revenebo. looks like the castle is cracking out of the mountain.
I'd just spice up the contrast a bit. the rock texture is looking great though.
tsujni, I like your entry. the only thing that bugs me is that the castle doesn't look safe to me. It's probably not the definition but a castle always has the use of a fortress to me. in that respect i liked your very first sketch. but your use of texture and the finish to the piece look really good.
really want to participate once again, and here's what I got so far.
didn't decide which version to go with so far..
but then again it's called Mountain castle so I might do it this way
The funny thing is that the original inspiration for mine was Bram Castle. And then Bram Castle leads to Coppola's Dracula and the castle depicted. This of course arriving at my castle clinging to the cliff face.
I like your first concept better, the idea of a constructed base is, I find, intriguing.
open an image you wish to use as a texture brush and make sure its with in the 2000px limit and select "Edit->Define Brush Preset" for brushes. For texture layers, just bring in a texture as a layer and fuck with the blending modes.
This assumes PS. Good luck! In my current piece I mostly use "Overlay" blending mode and erase the parts I don't need.
Last edited by tsujni; December 26th, 2008 at 04:28 PM.
Some great work so far here! My 1st attempt at this
lkjhgfdsa - Cool compistion there!
arutea - looks promising, go for it!
little update, almost done
allright, went with the first version.
not satisfied with the building yet but I think it's just gonna be more detailing from now.
Hey, I would like to suggest few correction, but it's already late and I'm going to wake up at deadly early hour, so I will write tomorrow
Anyway, my concept is about using abandoned mountain Chinese-stylised castle buried in mountain for snowboard/sledge track. A fast sketch describes my vision (how proudly it sounds ):
Since it's a bit extremely perspective, I've asked a Mr. SketchUp to help with this matter:
Then I overpainted in Photoshop. I've cut layer with SketchUp image, created new layer and pasted there, then enabled Multiply layer blending. In that way the white and light colours are transparent, black and dark aren't. Then, under this layer I've created a layer where I placed colours. This method allows to overpaint lineart keeping edges visible:
Added few colours (violet, orange and blue hues)
At this moment I thought about Painter. It was best for painting coloured soft snow, as its' brushes has Blending option, which Photoshop lacks (I know there is a Smudge tool, but it isn't same). Then I've added Color balance and Levels layers in Photoshop to adjust colours and contrast:
Kidult, Monotony, Revenebo, Tsujni and Tonic nice job!
I like this topic so im cooking a lil something too, hopefully i'll have finished on time.
Lookin good, monotony - Although, I think the shadow on the structure is too strong. Curious, how did you create the grass area? I ilke that texture.
Grandmassa - I like the castle and the balloon, however, I don't think they fit within the format. Perhaps, try a stretched landscape. Love your color choices.
kidult - Lovely atmosphere, literally, the sky! The castle perspective seems weird to me, this could me not quite understanding the structure. Are the walls/towers of the middle section tilting inwards? Regarding the mountain, I feel that there is too much homogeneity with the rocks. Maybe try adding larger/smaller rock outcroppings.
arutea - I LOVE THIS SKETCH! When I look at it, I see a small castle surrounded by a massive scaffolding.
lkjhgfdsa - Awesome color and composition. There seems to be some perspective issues and the torchlight/fire glow may do well to desaturate around the edges to eliminate that green cast.
zao75231 - Good start, I like the 3rd one.
revenebo - Awesome rocks! My only issue is that the castle seems to clean in contrast to the rock structures.
Arthemis IX - Love the composition, lookin forward to update/final.
Zapp! - I like the castle, the foreground needs more work! Try using the airbrush to soften those transitions.
JSpayde - I like your second piece better than your first. I can't really say I'm a fan of that weird angle and I'm not advising you to change it. I say run with it and see what you can do. Remind me of Minas Morgul from Peter Jackson's LOTR.
i hate to mention this
but there's a real shortage of snow
the brief specifies
"in the snow" that doesn't mean that some distant peak has white tips
that doesn't mean a bunch a vague poof clouds
and I hate to point this out but technically glaciers are't made of snow...although I'll probably let that one pass.
do some ref... see what snow really looks like..... ok?this is old
and not a real submission, but I had it so I tought Id throw it up here
Last edited by chaosrocks; December 27th, 2008 at 10:34 PM.
actuall tsjuni..you gots snow inthe foreground too.. although if I were really quibbling I might say that your castle itself is not actually in the snow.. bu tyou know that I would never be THAT picky
but there are some with no actual visible snow
and it dosn't have to be actually snowing
although thats on eoption
it could be alien planet snow and be green or something... but it must be snow. I grew up in wisconsin there are many kinds of snow
Ok. Time to practice environments - something I am BADLY LACKING in my art training. Last night I did a few sketches, I'll scan those later as wips.
I was going to upload this as a final, but after seeing what everyone else has so far, I think it would be best to get a critique and advice before making a final.
I have a hard time with getting something to look sublime.
I am also lazy about finding references, something I know I need to do more often. >.<
I should also try to do one of these with traditional mediums, as I am better at those than digital.