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Any thoughts on the color composition? Im still having a lot of trouble making anything look realistic.
You're details get in the way of the larger forms. Part of this problem is no clear light direction. Light alters color and will keep things from being too monochromatic. Right now the painting suffers from too much blue for th elights and shadows, background and foreground.
Yea I have a problem with using the same color, but it seems every time I add in different colors they dont flow right...Ill try and add some color and post my progress. Thanks dpaint!!
I really like the glowing wings and the overal look of the dragon. I think it has a really terrifying look to it too and I don't feel a lot of work is needed to complete the piece.
As far as improving it goes, I don't feel colour is too much of a problem as I think the key here is lighting. You have worked on the highlights but it seems like you may have underworked the shadows and the darker areas.
I would start by making the distance (background really) darker and then adding some more shadow to the area below the dragon. Then, paying very close attention to the strongest light sources, tailor the dragon and bring out it's form more.
In the paint over I have done, I haven't touched the highlights. Pretty much all I have done was, on two layers set to multiply with the opacity adjusted, I darkened some of the areas where light doesn't quite reach. The background has been darkened to seperate it from the middle ground and overall to create some contrast.
For a bit of added movement and detail to the piece, I quickly made the snow around the dragon's claws seem more disturbed to imply that maybe this dragon has just landed with an impactful thud.
Like I said, I think a lot of the work for this piece is already done and to complete it, you should spend some time on the darker areas. I hope this helps.
Awesome advice shrunkendesigner! Thanks for taking the time to add in the visual explanation, greatly appreciated! Ill post my progress..
I guess i'm a little late because I agree with everyone else. I do think there is just to much blue but I know what you were going for.
I'm the guy that does his job! You must be the other guy!
http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...73#post2633373 <- longest link to a sketchbook ever.
Everything needs more form you do that by paying attention to the angle of the light. You've set up a problem by having the wings and mouth be light sources but I would still go for something with more form to it. I adjusted the colors to keep it from being too blue and messed with the peak and how the light falls on it.
Thanks again dpaint!! Im definitely going to use all the advice. I really need to work on my composition and lighting. I wish I could paint like I see speed painters do it, by adding the bigger objects and doing the color and lighting first, then adding the detail. Im soo backwards.
Ah it just takes practice. Continual, repetative, programing the mind, constructive practice. All fun. Best of luck with the piece. Hope to see it posted up here when its done.
Thanks for the motivation shrunkendesigner! Ill post it when its finished.