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    Thanks a lot for the tips! I'll try to keep those in mind while I'm painting.

    Your work is stunning as always. The colors in "Dreamscape" are incredible. The composition is really interesting, too: the grain of the rock does a great job of bringing the eye up into the landscape and it creates a really neat movement around the focal point. Also, HOLY CRAP I just saw the second image XD

    Quick question: When you do a painting like that with a lot of different hues, how do you get them all to work so well together? I tend to run into trouble in situations like that, particularly when first laying in the colors.

    (Also, when you say a 'quick' painting, like the one of the Japanese mountains--how much time do you usually put into something like that? It looks really finished as far as I can tell.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meps View Post

    Quick question: When you do a painting like that with a lot of different hues, how do you get them all to work so well together? I tend to run into trouble in situations like that, particularly when first laying in the colors.

    (Also, when you say a 'quick' painting, like the one of the Japanese mountains--how much time do you usually put into something like that? It looks really finished as far as I can tell.)
    Thanks mate! I think a slow cautious buildup of color is my strategy. At the start of a painting I work with a just a warm monochrome, then gradually introduce variations. I almost always pick colors from within the image to work with. Near completion I may overlay layers of color to unify the whole piece. Similar to applying thin glazes to an oil painting.

    Quick for me is generally anything under 4-5 hours. The Japanese mountains was something like 2-3 hours.

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    Thanks again for the help! It's interesting that you describe your process as "slow and cautious," because it looks so spontaneous and energetic. But like you said, that's the look of the painting, not the process. Can't wait to see more of your work

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    Love your gnomon entry, did you see the one with the river/vertical landscape on the horizontal landscape, that one is sick as well.

    SO which dvd's are you gonna pick? i was wondering this seeing as your at such a high skill
    level. LOL curiosity. . . .sorry . . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdrianNagorski View Post
    Love your gnomon entry, did you see the one with the river/vertical landscape on the horizontal landscape, that one is sick as well.

    SO which dvd's are you gonna pick? i was wondering this seeing as your at such a high skill
    level. LOL curiosity. . . .sorry . . . .
    Thanks! Unfortunately I didn't win this month. I thought I had a good chance too, but you never know how the judges will react. There are a lot of great Gnomon dvd's I would like, many in the 3D and game art field. I highly recommend the series by Iain McCaig, which I have watched and rewatched many times. Also there are many good DvD's on the general foundations such as color, light, anatomy, and composition.


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    Hopper Mech concept.

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    Nice, cant wait to see that in action, i love a giant legged machine thingy!

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    Hey hard luck with the gnomon contest, but with the quality of work you have, I'm sure you'll win eventually. Just one crit before any questions - I think the hind-legs and the body of the Hopper Mech are not in the same perspective.

    Other than that, I find your work simply stunning. You have a strong sense of colour harmony, and I find that I can learn a lot from just looking through your sketchbook.

    Since you encouraged another member to ask questions, I have one I want to ask you. I see you use a lot of negative spaces to offset shapes. Its is nowhere more evident than the large expanse of red in your gnomon entry. Do you lay down these spaces right at the composition stage, or do you create them as you lay down shapes during painting? I guess, in a roundabout way, I'm asking how and when you compose your images.

    I hope that question doesn't sound as vague to you as it does to me.

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    Vritra-
    Thanks for pointing that perspective issue out. I can see it is a bit wonky now.

    I'm not very consistent, at least as far as my process and composition strategy. I actually think working digitally has made me a bit indecisive in that regard. If you look at some of my process GIF animations, you can see the different places where I added more canvas space to the image, completely altering the composition half-way through. Rarely do I have a clear idea of a composition from the start. That may very well be to my detriment, but I find myself getting bored of an image when the path is set in stone.

    Mainly I keep the Rule of Thirds in mind, as a generally pleasing layout for important details. Try to have a pleasing balance of positive vs negative space, in a way that leads the eye into and around the image. I leave the rest to instinct.

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    Awesome sketches and beautiful colors! What is the time you so learned to draw?

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    Awesome stuff, as everybody here I love your colors and compositions. Keep rocking!

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    yet another sketchbook that kills the hope and feeds the motivation.
    you're only 1 year older than me,
    respect to your work. i'll have a look into this SB from time to time.
    but it would be interesting to see your progress from the beginning. your sb already starts at such a pro level.

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    This is a very impressive sketchbook. Love the brushstrokes and use of colour.
    I really like the step-by-step environments.

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    wow, wonderful paintings, for the moment my favorite is the blind follower, great piece! keep on sharing!

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    The hopper mech looks great. I love the simplicity of it, and the giant cricket legs are marvelous.

    The only critique I have is from a design perspective: Since so much of the craft's weight (the bulky section around the pilot, for instance) is concentrated in the front, it might work a little better if the front legs were somewhat bulkier or had larger "feet." That would help to distribute the weight more and absorb the shock on the cockpit when it lands after a hop. But that could just be me overthinking things <<;

    All in all, it's a great piece and a really cool design.

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    Lane, you are great. The grapes are perfect. What brushes were you using for that? I wanna try to recreate the style.

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    Thanks all!
    Meps- Thank you, that's a good point!
    Romzhke- I used a custom brush in the shape of a square, with a lot of soft texture. Easy to make, just play around with the brush controls.
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    Way to beautiful, the last one is a master piece!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Iain McCaig is a great story teller, his art is great as well its a good choice.
    LOL my entry was a long shot but i was surprised that you weren't picked to be honest.
    any way keep blowing every one away!!!!

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    Hi Matey

    I have just gone through your SB from one end to the other and all I can say is "WOW!" there isnt a single thing in here that I dont like. I especially love the girl at the headsmans block and the girl hugging the bear they are both quite poiniant and touching well done on those.
    but my all time favorite award goes to the girl leaning on the tree with the bloke wandering off, I decided that he must be Gay to wander off and leave her and not do the naughty with her as many times an hour as he could, because she is lovely!

    I have some bad news no mate and that is that I have subscribed to the thread and you will now get more of my inane drivel on a regular basis, just accept it as the price for fame and greatness LOL.

    all the best and thanks for posting its a real inspiration.

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    Awesome work man, keep going.


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    HA! i had you frank frazetta pic with the shapes and shadow marking, as a screen saver for a while. You know to remind me what to concentrate on. Not that it worked. but that is my lazy fault. Great to see your work and it is sweet. Good stuff.

    Ps. My screen saver is now a cat saying not a single fuck was given that day.

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    That last piece is beautiful! Thanks for also posting the steps.

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    Inspiring work Lane.
    Keep up the hard work and keep having fun creating and exploring worlds
    best wishes
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    AdrianNagorski- Thanks!
    Lightship69- haha awesome! Thank's a bunch!
    Choob- thanks, i'll try!
    Mitze- serving as a screen saver is the highest honor, thanks!
    Mila- thanks, np
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    I find that these non-creative studies, which focus on light and color, help me greatly when drawing from imagination. My creativity can then flow, less burdened by technical challenges.

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    Damn, that's an awesome study.

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    This sketchbook is dopeee! I love seeing the process for that piece. I love seeing process! I'm gonna go look through the rest of this!

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    Absolutely amazing!
    Mind = blown!


    Do you have any foundation in traditional painting? Your usage of brushes suggest so

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    I love the working process SO MUCH!!! Great sense in colors...Is there particular way to improve it?

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