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Okay, so let me start by saying hello. Also, that I am pretty new to painting, real life, and digitally. I've only been doing it since February, but I've painted two books so far. This is work from my second painted book, which I am hoping to have finished fairly soon. It's all based on a series that I had drawn a few years back, and had been begging for me to finish.
So I have been taking inked artwork, and attempting to make it into painted work. It's been an interesting process, learning how to work both digitally, and in color.
I should maybe also note, that all of these pages were created on an ipad. I might post some detail pics later, as well.
I am aiming to keep learning about digital painting techniques, and am hoping to get feedback from others who have done this kind of work. I'd like to get both opinions, and constructive feedback that will help me to continue improving, as this is not where I want to level out.
Pre-emptive thank you for your time, and comments!
Last edited by Shane Peters; June 8th, 2011 at 04:09 AM.
I like a lot of the action shots you have going, but everything looks a little too contrasty. The highlights are rather generic and blown-out, and the colors are over-saturated. Some exploration into brushes might be wise. A round, soft brush can make things look too mushy and digital. I think you have the potential to develop a really cool style here, keep it up!
Thank you very much, I totally agree with that.
Okay, so I'd like to know what people think of these re-leveled, and somewhat sepia-toned pages, versus the originals.
I think you should explore some of the tutorials on the FZD School website. They talk about how to make your image "read" better. As it is, my eye is having a hard time focusing on any one element. The background is jumping out at me as much as the figures because of the lack of atmospheric perspective. I would study how to make focal points and lighten your backgrounds a bit.
EDIT: I also second the highlight comment already mentioned. They are far too white and look like an overexposed photo. Tone them down and use white sparingly, for mere specks of highlight.
It looks like the underlying drawings and compositions are quite good. But overall the panels are very difficult to read and comprehend, there are some where I just couldn't make out what I was looking at. I think the rendering and colouring approach you're taking isn't doing any favours for clarity. The blurred/out of focus effect also doesn't work because in some panels there is no clear focal point that is more finely detailed and in effect the entire panel seems to be blurry.
You seem to have good drawing/painting skills but they're hard to make out because of the overblown highlights and rendering method. At first I thought you took a low quality webcam photo of what is a pretty decently drawn comic.
I'd say just stick to basics and making each panel read clearly, don't go overboard with the rendering effects.
[Edit, Sorry, didn't realize you were actually responsible for the painting and not the linework. In any case I think you need to simplify, if the values don't read in greyscale, they most likely will only be more confusing when they're coloured.]
Last edited by Iboltax; June 14th, 2011 at 04:11 PM.
Thank you both. And just so to clarify, I am also the person who drew the art.
Going to read the linked tutorials. Thanks!
Here's an example of one of these pages, as just inked work:
I think one problem that I've been having, is over-editing my work. A lot of the highlights are coming mostly from me leveling, re-leveling, re-re-re-re-leveling, and such. I had been trying to find ways to cut down on the time of these pages, but it looks like I've done nothing but make them need to be re-done. I'm going to link one more color page, which was from the first book that I did this conversion from:
Thank you all very much for your crits, they have been immensely helpful. Here are a few of the pages retouched, based on your inputs:
If there is any other feedback, feel free to leave it. When I finish the rest of the issue, I'm going to go back and just do a some touch ups on each of these earlier pages. Again, you have all been very helpful!
Last edited by Shane Peters; June 19th, 2011 at 10:04 PM.
Did this after all of your inputs. Would love to know what you think, now.
Last edited by Shane Peters; June 21st, 2011 at 02:29 AM.
The anatomical construction, composition, ink, and perspective for these pages are excellent. I'd buy a print copy when available. Plus, nice colors on the latest pic.
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Thank you, FS!