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    Question Legendary Floating Mountains WIP

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    So I just saw Avatar, and i wanted to practice environments....so I started to paint the Floating Mountains. This is about 2 hours so far, and i dont know where else to go with it. Please give me your best critique.

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    im having trouble creating rocks and everything tends to look a lil fuzzy

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    after you get your initial shapes down like you have here, when you go in to do your rocks treat the painting like a sculpture, use a harder brush and start carving them out, keep in mind that rocks are pretty much harder edges and that harder edges are going to get softer as they recede into the atmosphere or into the distance.

    That rug really tied the room together.
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    i see

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    hope that made sense, looks great so far though, your value structure seems pretty solid, I hope i get to see the final result.

    That rug really tied the room together.
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    it did, and thank you

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    its a good start. What you can do what is already mentioned above or find images of rocks, overlay it or do soft light in your layers and place it above your rocks to get that realistic look. Also, you can use lasso tool to get those sharp edges. Get Whit Brachna's Painting Snow Mountain to learn the way he creates very realistic mountain from custom brushes.

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    thanks, and yea i bought that video haha its great

    im actually using some of his brushes

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    you could try painting with textured brushes or make the textures yourself, i know people use crinkled paper a lot......i would increase the detail with textures on the ones in the foreground...maybe just stick a shitload of shapes on there to the point where they dont even look like anything recognizable anymore, just sharp textures.....look at pics of rocks or artwork that has done something similar

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    google some reference photos of the South China Sea and you will have what you need. Thats what they did for the movie.

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    dpaint: cool, thanks for the info

    now enough about painting rocks, what else should i do? compositionally, color-wise, lighting-wise, anything

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    Okay, well the rock at the bottom looks like something with its mouth open. All the others are solid but that one is split so it draws attention to it. The center of focus needs to have more contrast more detail and or more color than the other areas of the painting.

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    ok, that is supposed to be a cloud haha....ill work on it more

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    WIP #2

    so i did a lil bit more work on it

    i tried to paint the rocky formations and textures of the mountains, please tell me what you think.

    also, i need a general critique, i want this to be good

    thanks everybody for viewing, and thank everyone who replies, it is greatly appreciated

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    well to me the whole piece doesn't have enough contrast. Add sun rays coming and illuminating some areas of your focal point to add interest. Those 3 rocks in foreground should be the darkest. Also those rocks visible in distance should have more of the atmospheric effect and less visible to increase the depth. Just wondering, instead of boring white color for sky, why not try blue hues. Quick question, which brush did you use to draw the waterfall? I need a good brush for that. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAMJAN View Post
    well to me the whole piece doesn't have enough contrast. Add sun rays coming and illuminating some areas of your focal point to add interest. Those 3 rocks in foreground should be the darkest. Also those rocks visible in distance should have more of the atmospheric effect and less visible to increase the depth. Just wondering, instead of boring white color for sky, why not try blue hues. Quick question, which brush did you use to draw the waterfall? I need a good brush for that. Thanks.
    more contrast: got it.

    ill try to add more blue hues to the atmosphere

    and for the waterfall, i used a big soft cloud brush for theh bottom, and a harder edged (almost chalk) brush fro the top

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    Hope you don't mind I did quick mock up with slightly higher contrast and splash of color. You can always emboss your painting do a overlay to bump up the textures for fun. My only other suggestion is detail some of the lush growth. I like the floating rock concept.

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    i like the hightened contrast, but not the color pass

    i like that you did that though, i wanna see my piece from another artists eyes

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    Nice work so far. I agree with Pigeon about the need for brilliant colors.

    I remember you saying you have a rough time coming up with your own ideas. Try to innovate on this concept. Think about building cities on these floating mountains, or How do you travel from rock to rock. Your the artist so it's up to you to come up with your own ideas.

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    MeBabyMe, thank you for answering my question.

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    The original and the second one look like a rainy day, with all the mist. Is that what you were going for? There's also a rock on the lower right that looks "punched" by the cloud, maybe the cloud should be more transparent... Great work! What I really like is that you got the "Avatar" vibe of the place

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    ovicristo: it is from Avatar haha it is high in the sky where there is a lot of humidity and mist from the clouds and the waterfalls from the mountains, so yes. and yea, i see what you are saying with the cloud 'punching' the rock haha

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    I think this is the final image, unless you guys can point out any more things to change:

    also, thanks for all the help, i really appreciate it.

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