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    more WIP

    Here is where I'm at. I'll put it away for a couple of days and see how it looks then. any crits are welcome.

    Thanks for the comments guys.
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    no_name_brand: That's tight, tight I tell you! Good stuff!.
    Time for the Finals threads to go up!

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    @no_name_brand - wow! awesome effect of space, love the dynamic quality! just asking, did you try showing the vehicles going away from the viewer?

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    beautiful stuff in here, here's where I'm at ... I wanna have something going on just havn't decided what yet
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    Heres where I am. I'm not happy with the left hand side of the painting, hmmm...

    Shall come back to tomorrow with fresh eyes.

    EOW 146 Into the woods

    Beelow - Oh yeah! My mistake!

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    ahoy

    No Name Brand, looking shweet mate.

    Heres another wip,,, kinda lost atm, will have another crack before I post final. It really needs something in the middle clearing area, stone structure covered in moss,, or something. I'll go have a think about it.
    Feed back welcome.

    Cheers Rich

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    @ RichLyons
    I honestly had a mini freakout when i saw that update man, that's pretty epic. The lighting is absolutely stunning. My only crit would be whatever stone object it looks like you're placing in front of that tree - i would probably move it around more to the left. At the moment it seems like it's going to be too distracting.

    ...

    But seriously man... wow o_0

    **Edit: oh and i'm loving the almost comic book feel it has to it. Nuff gushing i'm done. Lol.

    **Edit #2: Figured may as well just dump my update in here. Just been fiddling with colours and what not trying to keep the feeling of the piece relatively light
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    RichLyons:

    Thats so cool. Did you use some photo-pieces for the detailed leaf parts ? Or is it all purely hand painted. If so you deserve even more respect.

    I totally need to train on envis too. Always avoided that topic ^^° Lets see what I can pull out of the hat.

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    Don't have a update today thanks for the comments though.

    dragon4lunch Thanks man, Looking forward to seeing yours as well.

    VishvaTKH Thanks, I actually blocked them in going away. However I thought that the engine at the back became too much of a focal point and I lost where I wanted the eye to go. I also liked the look of them coming at you.

    Howie I like your colour a lot. I also like how loose it feels. If you put some detail in the focal point, and a little in the foreground, and leave rest as is (don't know if that's what your going for) it will look pretty cool. A lot of people, including myself over work things because we think unimportant areas are important in the final. looking real good.

    xLouisax I like the depth in your a lot perhaps over lap the branch over the tree on the left. right now it's to perfect of a spacing. also watch lighting the tree on the left is light form both sides as well as the trunk on the right corner. if you want bounce light, make it blue that may work better.

    Rich looking awesome man the detail is insane in the foreground. it looks real deep too nice depth. watch the focal point, right now it's kind of the tree trunk on the right. If you put a figure in the patch of light as oppose to in the shadows I think that will become the focal point. Awesome man

    Mephistoau I like your colours a lot feels like Halloween. Small critic. I don't think you have to have the leaves on the left light. I think if you knocked them back it'l give the picture more depth. right now it's grabbing to much attention. looking good though.
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    Arrow

    Lets see: For the start I looked for some nice photos to get at least a small idea what I want to do and then made some scribbles.

    I would like to show a group of people walking into the forest, not on a way but through high grass, like in the 2nd photo from the left.

    Because this is my first eow I would appreciate all kind of hints, tipps and crits.

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    I went for the bottom left tumb. After some working on it it went more to the edge of the forest than it appears in the first sketch.
    Heres where I am so far, still experimenting on it of course, but I have the feeling that I am already over the top with the saturation. ^^°
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    Still pretty rough atm but another day should sharpen it up.

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    @no_name_brand: Nice composition, perhaps a slight amount of the blue vehicle lighting on the underside of the fallen tree?

    @RichLyons: looking very cool, especially the details in the tree stump.

    @Mephisto: Great style that would look perfect in a childrens book, are you going to add any figures or critters?

    @Android411: Very eerie, I really like the strong green wash

    @Absorber: Great scale, those are serious trees!

    @VishvaTKH: Hats of to you for your first watercolour! looking great.

    @Dragon4lunch: I really love the sense of motion in your image.


    pretty much finished with my piece.
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    wow some very inspiring work here, im a beginner and im just getting into painting digitally, and i think from the sketches upto the final pieces everything is wicked!.. hopefully i'll be able to maintain this quality of work some day, im aiming to be an enviromental painter too... but yea just thought ill say how inspiring this stuff is..

    one day ill be posting my entry too! any tips guys? thanks!.. now back to painting some apples

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    @Rusty:
    I admire your consistant stile, you could just take your Gaia-chow and put it in there and it would work.

    @Gibbons:
    I love the little blue flowers near the way, they just catched my eye ^^

    @Mussy: Sadly theres no shortcut, but trying things out and pushing yourself is helpfull. I messed up a lot of pics because I was just too lazy too work harder on them ^^° Just keep painting and get crits from more experienced artists.

    Ok, my own again. I am making progress, this one took by far less tries to get the color and mood right then on my last pics.

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    Riiiiiighhhttoooo... so anywho it's about 4am (again) sigh.... But yeah i'm pretty much done with this one. Just one question. With or without birds?
    I know it's only a small thing but i think my brain is too fried to figure out which actually looks right lol....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mephistoau View Post
    Riiiiiighhhttoooo... so anywho it's about 4am (again) sigh.... But yeah i'm pretty much done with this one. Just one question. With or without birds?
    I know it's only a small thing but i think my brain is too fried to figure out which actually looks right lol....
    hmm.. i think without birds, cos it looks like ur trying to portray a night scene so it makes the birds look out of place, maybe an owl would work?

    @Vaejoun : yea ur right thats y im trying to put all my effort in this holiday, i got 2 months till university starts so trying to soak up as much as i can, get a headstart.

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    Mephistoau: Nice transition from happy to dark, I think the balloons are a little unnecessary and distracting. I think the birds are ok but put them on both sides of the picture so its not as weighted to one side. Also it might be a little more interesting if we saw a figure walking down the path or something

    Vaejoun: definitely nailed the color and mood, the composition i think needs a little bit of work but I'm not sure how to fix it. My eye keeps going off the right side of the picture since there is nothing containing that bright green. Maybe if you added a few more trees running off the right side that would help.

    Rusty: digging the upward angle and composition. Are those flamingos or some other creature? Can't wait to see where it goes

    RichLyons: as others have said very impressive amount of detail, great colors and mood too

    no_name_brand: Very nice image, love the idea of the racing hovercraft vehicles. I think the car closest too us with all the blur could be a little less blurry and maybe darken it a little so it comes forward more.


    I think this is just about done, debating whether i should leave the horse as is or put a guy on him, I'm kinda liking just the horse though

    EOW 146 Into the woods

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    @ Mussy and Howie

    Thanks for your input guys, very much appreciated. I've ended up keeping the birds (although only on the one side as i tend to see it as a counter balance for the balloons). Probably would have added a figure from your suggestion Howie but i don't have time haha, and i don't want it to look half assed. But thanks again, was very constructive. I'll just wait for the final burning thread to post

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    May have lost my way a little,,, trying to an a little buddy story between a giant and his school pal,,,
    I have been using a combination of mashing in photos and painting in details,

    No name brand - thanks for the ace feed back mate.

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    @RichLyons:
    My impression is:
    Nature works better without humans, but maybe I just dont like big, fat, school-giants.

    Maybe a little nasty creature observing the kids would make it more interesting since it could imply that something might happen. (Only an idea)

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    You should put a fork and knife in the big kids hands. Dinnertime?

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    @Vaejoun: Really good use of light, I like the large leaning tree in the background.

    @Howie: Love the abstract style, although the horse looks more rendered than the woodland. How about a stag instead?

    @RichLyons: I prefer the piece without the figures.

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    Howie:
    Thanks, you are right. I added a couple of thin trees to stop the eye there.

    Lyons:
    The idea of a character or a story is nice, but the giant totally pulls all the attention away from the nice envi. So I would go for something different, something smaller ^^
    How are you doing this light spots on the trees and the boy ? When I try to achieve that effect it just looks as if I had attached a big color blop to it. ^^°

    Gibbons:
    Thanks, I hope it looks as big as I want it to. ^^


    This weekly really gave me a lot.
    I will definately do this more often from now on. I want to get a little more realistic flair, my pics tend to get too flashy.

    Heres my actual step, getting close to finnished. What do you think ?

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    didnt had time to work on this...hope i can finish it in time....
    Nobody`s going to care how much you can think outside the box if you can`t color inside the lines

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    Man, 109# update is mind blowing. Combining almost two different styles (naturalistic forest/ cartoonish char) is awesome there. MORE!

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    @Vaejoun: looking sweet. Are those red eyes to the left of the image? If so I think you should detail this area a tad more, to show the hunters being watched.

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    Rusty, Vaejoun, RichLyons, Howie, no_name_brand, Nice entries! Scared to post mine. Here is what I have so far.

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    Last update before final.

    no_name_brand, RichLyons, Vaejoun, Howie, interesting seeing the different approaches and styles, all wicked in their own unique way

    ~J

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    why do i always have to start in black and white?...adding color on a b/w piece gives me headaches.......anyway i`ll take a break from it dont like where i`m going with this piece of....
    Nobody`s going to care how much you can think outside the box if you can`t color inside the lines

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    @Beelow: great perspective on the gateway.

    @Rusty: I love the density of the foilage in the trees.

    @Pacha: I think it looks fine mate, the stone steps in the lower left corner really catch my eye.

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