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Still working heavily under the influences of others to analyse their techinques.
Quick Question for anybody out there that knows:
Once youve painted an environment, what is the most efficient way of colouring it, so that you retain values and lay colour over the top? If thats even possible! (I really hope so)
Note: James Paick (this is just to remind myself later on)
Last edited by ThomasM; June 15th, 2012 at 08:21 AM.
Nice! I love the composition in the first thumbnail.
About the coloring. I always doodled around in multiply and overlay levels over my black and white layer.
You can use the Color level on your layer to keep values too, I believe.
Actually, try this site too
Matt Kohr has taught me a lot :]
keep up the great work. I'm curious how your colored environments will turn out.
As I was scrolling through I was going to make some suggestions about value control with regards to the first batch of enviros, but then I realised you seem to have that sorted very well! Really impressive stuff, man I really want to do some enviro studies now myself!
Wonderful sketches on the previous pages too.
Thanks for sharing!
Mac Tire - Thanks for the useful comment, as youve probably seen now, I visited your SB a few days ago and everything looks great there
Mila - wow you really helped me out there, thanks a lot. Actually you can get three great brushes from that site (I checked it out after you posted it) which are BASIC but proved to me the importance of value. Just a hard round, soft round and a flat. With those three I have hugely improved, rather than wasting time with multiple texture brushes and effects
RIGHT! incoming massive update.. but for now I'll just show something to prove I'm alive.. Been playing around with all sorts of new tricks as well as good old fashioned value work.
I'm really starting to feel like I could be on to something good with all this landscape work, after all there are few on these forums who can do them well, and I'm in desperate need of something interesting to distinguish my portfolio from others.
Last edited by ThomasM; June 17th, 2012 at 07:10 AM.
..*CRAWLS TO DESK*... eurgh... done.. finally. 100 thumbs.. with some enviro studies and analysis
.. and a 40 minute still life I did today, but then the light changed too much to continue until tomorrow. As I had a portrait of some guy on there, I decided to leave it as the underpainting.
Last edited by ThomasM; June 18th, 2012 at 08:10 AM.
damn lovely thumbs in that last post. id love to have a play with some of them, theres loads of depth and interest in many of them!
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Velocity Kendall - well seeing as you mentioned it, youre welcome to have a play around with them if you like - don't let them go to waste!
MacTire - thanks amigo, and thanks for stopping by again. I'll be working everyday to get some of these enviro's up and running on a big scale. I'd like to have 3-4 minimum for my portfolio by the end of next month.
marko markovic......... yeah true. I did 100 in 3 days. Each one took about 15 mins.... I guess thats 25 hours in 3 days.. not much time for anything other than art at the moment!
One of my application pieces (of the 10) will be a TAD poster...
Last edited by ThomasM; June 18th, 2012 at 06:36 PM.
ha ha Tom it's great to see you throwing yourself into these landscapes, I always think idea generation really is so important to a good piece of art. I also really like the coke can still life, I can't actually tell if it's traditional media or digital but it looks very painterly.
Marian - yeah its oil paints actually. Ive done so much digital work recently I thought I'd stretch my oily wings a little and try something physical. I'm hoping to work up a few still life's over the coming week or so, and hopefully put in something in oil in my application. I love the idea of painting in oil, it seems like the most incredible medium
Finally finished. These two have taken all day, and I'm still not sure which I like more.... the foreground values have been done now though, and I think the fire is looking interesting, which was something I was really striving for.
Last edited by ThomasM; June 18th, 2012 at 06:38 PM.
Hey Tom I think the values are stronger in the red one. Assuming the fire is the main focal point have you thought of using the blues to cool down and push back the areas to the top and sides as they travel further away from the fire? I just wonder if that might make the fire glow even more.
Marian - Yeah, that was an intentional thing, I liked the effect of a smaller value range in the right one, as it was flatter generally because of the single colour. You're right about the blues, I've kind of attempted that with purples, although I'm pretty sure my monitor isnt calibrated properly at the moment because I keep getting messages about it. Thanks for the useful crit though, and I'll change that when I come back to this piece in a few weeks!
Just saw and advert for this while I was practicing my values from imagination...
Apple frog butler.
that is awesome man. the whole book rocks.
strange purple - thanks man, I checked your sketchbook out and its looking great. I'll stop by again soon and leave something constructive.
PITCHBLACK - haha yeah, I don't know what I was thinking then, but I'm glad you like it.
Some ideation and thumbnails that I did for that last piece (I forgot to upload).. and something I saw online which really made me laugh. And two thumbnails that I worked up a little, used some custom shapes on (the first time I've tried that and its great) and slapped some colour over (I really have no idea how to go about "colouring" a value paint, but Im assuming people just kind of go for it)
Last edited by ThomasM; June 20th, 2012 at 04:23 AM.
The sketches are strong in this book
Everything is permitted
Your black&white landscapes and pensil drawings are AWESOME!! I dont know why u drawing in grayscale but its cool)
udon head - cheers
Artezianin - Im drawing and painting in value alone rather than colour because Im trying to establish the basics of image making. Adding colour can be such a complex subject in itself that I like to break the image down into stages.
KairhartJ - Thanks, much appreciated!
strange purple - yeah no worries I'll swing by today and leave something useful (I hope)
Nothing very exciting.. just something from this morning and some studies and notes from Kekai Kotaki
Last edited by ThomasM; June 22nd, 2012 at 11:11 AM.
Some more Jama analysis... I just love that guy's work! He said it himself somewhere in his sketchbook (which I've been through several times in its entirety) that he wants to make each piece look like the still of a movie frame. Although that's not always my intention, it is very interesting and I've learnt a lot about how he does this through my "analysis" of his pieces over the past few weeks.
Anyway.. something more exciting next time I promise.
Amazing work and making-of!!!
Keep it up!
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Nothing but compliments from me. It's a great pleasure to view your work. I've got to say your thumbnails/studies look fantastic. Also, the self analysis in the last post was really helpfull. I'm learning a ton just by viewing your notes .... values are hard, i'm currently struggling with that in my environments too. Also, you seem to have a nice dexterity when doing your thumbnails.
This beign said, I would really appreciate it if you could crit my sketchbook, you seem to have gotten the hang of some things that i'm currently struggling with so some insight from you would be really awesome.
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Tea of Doom - Ive left a huge reply in your SB, and thanks for the support here.
Sean McClain - I'm gonna head over to your sb to see whats going on, cheers for stopping by
Mila - yeah, being analytical is the only way I can learn!
wilkerson - hah yeah its always a little hard to write on the wacom anyway, and my handwriting is particularly illegible.
Black sun s - ahh these arent my works, just analyses of some ofmy favourite artists.
This morning's work - getting there slowly! In comparison to the my imaginary landscapes at the top of the last page.. well.. they're not even comparable
..and my first tentative attempts at colouring a value piece properly (still prefer the grayscale one though)
Last edited by ThomasM; June 26th, 2012 at 09:46 AM.
Dont have time for big crits since I'm at work.
But these last couple of landscapes are really really good Tom. Your studying of composition is showing through a lot and your forms are looking a lot more coherent too.
This last one is really very nice.
Awesome work man! I really like your tree studies. Also your characters have a lot of personality. Keep at it!
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