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    WIP Values Crit

    Hi everyone. Put aside my Gundam mecha work a while back to concentrate on this. It's currently in grayscale, as I want to get the values right before I actually put colors in it. Are my values working right now? Any tips on how it can be improved?

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    I'm no expert on this at all, so someone with more experience could back this up, but I'd say push the contrast a little bit more with the values to make it pop. Make the shadows darker etc. you know.
    Also, another thing that I'm confused about is the story you're trying to tell, he's some sort of knight/marine looking upwards at some sort of portal? Or is he being taken over by the venom-like black stuff? , anyway, good luck and I hope this helps!

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    With the exception of the shadows on the main character there's very little variation here. The sky should be significantly lighter or darker than the midground, and you could add a little something in the foreground to imply depth.

    Or you could go another way. The pose is virtually begging for him to be trapped in a spotlight, in which case I'd darken most of it but put lots of light and high contrast around him.

    Regardless, you need a good deal more variation in tone throughout the whole picture.

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    I think maybe you need more highlights. How come his legs are so black?

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    Also, different parts of the armour are lit from different directions, and he casts no shadow on the ground. Also, he's missing his loincloth.

    A good way to figure out if your values work is look at your piece from a distance, or on a computer zoom out and make it really small. Even when the image is tiny, it should be clear what's going on and it should look interesting. If not, your values are probably not as effective as they could be.

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    your predominant value is there, but you need to pick your two secondary values, either lighter or darker depending of lighting and make them take about 1/3 of the image (together, not 1/3 each).

    here's a googled value map http://www.handprint.com/HP/WCL/IMG/valmap.gif there's so much to say about values! Here's my two cent about the major things you should probably be aware of:

    -Avoid picking the values right next to your main value

    -You don't have to space your values equally, your dark could be near your main value but your lights dramatically far. Highlighted areas and areas of the lightest value would be instantly eye-catching, it can be very useful in directing the viewer's eye.

    -Your secondary values are basically your lightest lights and darkest darks, you want a good range while not going into extreme (such as black, white and middle grey) or you'll likely end up with a muddy mess.

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    The reason to do a value study is to work out the sense and direction of the light - so figure out you light source(s) and rework accordingly.

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    What Jeff said, but also, take a look at the thumbnail for your thread. Does it look interesting at all, does it stand out from the other thumbnails? I'd say not really.

    The reason for that is that our eyes are drawn to pictures that have high contrast in them, trying to recognize patterns. Yours has barely any contrast; my eyes are constantly drawn to the character's boots because they are by far the darkest parts of the entire painting and they stand out the most because of it. Balance out your values; the dark of the boots needs light to compensate or they will be all we'll look at. Decide where your point of focus is and make sure the contrast in values is the highest there.

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    Your composition is really boring. Did you try and play around with angles? I would think it'd be more interesting from a worm's-eye, figure staring up at portal. It could say the same thing much more dramatically, and it could really help to take up some of that negative space you've got on your hands.

    Or, if you don't want to re-work it, you could at least crop it some.

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    Thanks guys.

    Well, he's supposed to be looking up to an enemy who has suddenly broken out of the wall of the building to his right, hence his stance. I'm also planning on putting bits and pieces of junk in the floor so it won't look as drab. I'm hoping that the enemy + exploding wall will add dynamism to the work.

    Thanks for the input regarding value variation, scottmcd. I think the suggestion about making the sky darker is a good idea. I will play around with the levels once I'm done.

    Whyatt, yeah, I still have to put his loincloth there. Actually, I've been doing what you said (zooming away for an overall look) and that's the reason why I'm asking suggestions from everyone. I'm not really satisfied with how it's looking from afar, although that could be because I haven't put more variation in the values yet. I was hoping someone could give areas in the WIP where I can darken or lighten values.

    Also, regarding his feet area, it's still not done. The reason why they're black is because I'm still blocking them. Currently working on them now.

    Lastly, what's bothering me is his right arm. I know the lighting's real off there. Lighting source is supposed to be from directly above, although it's not going to be a strong light, more of moonlight or so. Can anyone tell me, given that info, where lighting would be placed, and if the values okay for it?

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    Tried messing around with it tonight. Thoughts on this one, please?

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    You're still being way too careful with light. Also, try placing him closer to the left wall . Removing the dark parts of it's armor has been an improvement, though.

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    What is the story in this piece? Is he supposed to be looking at something?

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