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This is a digital painting I am working on. I just got a tablet and thought I would give it a whirl.
I'm pretty happy with how its turning out so far, but any advice is more than appreciated. I pretty much suck at working with light sources and such, so I thought I would use this pic to practice that as well.
Oh, and here's the link to the original pencil drawing I am going off of as well: http://trissa.deviantart.com/art/Swamp-Hag-110204992
Last edited by oneiros51; February 10th, 2009 at 07:45 AM. Reason: image size change
It's looking good so far. I would suggest working holistically instead of part by part though.
Firstly, please resize your image.
I think the top part of the tree is good. The reflected glows look nice.
I'm gonna give you a general critique.
It's a much better idea to do your practicing from live sources or good photographs.
If you wanna draw trees, there are plenty of great photos you could get from the net.
You've realized your weak points, and that's what drawing from imagination is really good for, but it's no use trying to improve at something if you don't know how it actually works. That's when you need to go to real life and find out.
Thanks for the input, and I resized, sorry about that.
When practicing lighting in art do you think its better to start in pencil, or is it ok, to practice digitally instead?
i dont know if this would help, but i draw where my light sources are on a diff layer that i delete at the end, just as a reminder. i just draw a line and arrows, it helps me. i really like this so far tho
Well, the medium is not really that important, although it is easier to use a medium that you're familiar with while experimenting, so you won't struggle trying to do two things at once.
A good exercise to comes to terms with lighting is to analyze light and shadow as solid shapes.