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    Unhappy still learning

    I've gotten pretty far, but before I do to much more I figured I'd better get some critique and advice.

    I don't know what to think of this. I'm using a reference photo and basically painting that. But this is the first landscape painting I've ever done (with any amount of seriousness) and it's really challenging. My husband can crit people and such, but when it comes the landscape, he's no help at all!

    Any help?

    It's not very detailed--kinda gloppy, but it will be refined I swear!

    ref by b-f-g stock on deviantart.



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    Looks good so far...The most important principle in landscape painting is "atmospheric perspective." That is: things further and further away tend to take on the color of the sky, generally getting lighter (if it's a daytime scene.) If you look at your reference photo, you will see that this is true.

    With that in mind, it's a good idea to start with the distant background and work forward in space. What you've painted looks good, but the foreground is already so bright that the sky can't get much brighter and the end result is likely to feel very "flat." You might want to paint in the distant forms next and then plan on darkening the foreground forms.

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    This seems a lot more washed out than your reference. You should be placing the values long before getting into details. If you're having some trouble with the values, try doing a grayscale speedpainting first (not a lot of detail but try to get the shapes, values and negative space right) so you know about how dark things ought to be.

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    Thanks so much for your advice Giacomo and Vineris. This is the result so far--though I haven't tried speed painting the values yet.



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    Take a moment to look at the horizon and think about the angle of the trees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Rainville View Post
    Take a moment to look at the horizon and think about the angle of the trees.
    view the ref jason .... yet i agree it doenst come off in the study... the vertical planes beeing in shadow are the crucial hint in the ref, which aint in the study (yet?).

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    Looking good so far! You might want to incorporate some of the green colors in the middle-ground into the grey rocks in the foreground.

    Please Sir, I'd like some more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sone_one View Post
    view the ref jason .... yet i agree it doenst come off in the study... the vertical planes beeing in shadow are the crucial hint in the ref, which aint in the study (yet?).
    Ah I see. That mountain in the background in the ref starts to even out at the left though, so he could show that in the image to get a better sense of what the horizon's doing.

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