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January 2nd, 2012 #1
Hey all, I have decided to start a new sketchbook for the new year.
Here's a link to my old stuff if anyone is interested Old Sketchbook
Check out my new stuff on last page.
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Hey guys, just dropping in with a few thumbnails from today. I know the quality isn't good but thats because I'm not used to designing environments, let alone cities.
These are for a little project I'm doing this year, to break me out of my comfort zone. Subject is "Deep Sea City". I'm uncertain on which of these to take forward, so any advise would be great, cheers.
January 11th, 2012 #3
I like 1st and 3rd on thumbs on the left and the last thumb on the right. I look forward to seeing it finished
That elephant study is brilliant too!
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January 14th, 2012 #4
WRappiii: Thanks for the feedback. I have decided to mix 3 & 5 from the second sheet. Hope you like
Hey Guys & Girls
Here's a quick update on my Deep Sea City image. I'm struggling with the detailing and lighting on the buildings.
Any feedback on this would be great, cheers.
January 14th, 2012 #5
I'm not good enough to give any great feedback to you, but I really look forward to see the finished piece.
Great looking thumbs
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January 14th, 2012 #6
Have you seen Feng Zhu's video tutorials? They would help you out with environments and much more. Here's a link.
About your Deep Sea City image, one thing that pops into head right away is that there's no clear foreground > middleground > background. It's underwater, you want atmospheric effects. Do find a lot of reference, it helps a lot.
January 14th, 2012 #7
Trixtar: Hey, don't knock yourself down, the way I see it is every comment is a good comment. Thanks for dropping in.
Razz: Hey, thanks for finding time to drop in. I do know of Feng Zhu's DVD's, the guy is a legend. I actually watch his basics of perspective again before starting this image lol
About the unclear foreground, middleground and background is that due to values or is it the over all compostion? The idea was that the rocks on the right and look out point on the left are the foreground. Then the road, gateway and the first part of the city are the middleground then the rest of the city at the back.
Is there any way I can make the seperation clearer?
January 15th, 2012 #8
Riox, it's a value thing. You have elements in the picture that belong to FG, MG and BG, you just need to separate them. And try making the glass sphere on the left smaller, now where the glass meets the rock it also meets the end of the canvas, creating a tangent, that's something to avoid. Not that I'm anyone to teach you, but it's just something I would do
Oh, and it's not Feng's DVDs I'm talking about, it's the free videos on youtube. Quite a few hours of tutorials there with some invaluable info. Do watch those!
January 15th, 2012 #9
Love the elephant in the first post. About the depth issue, typically you want the highest contrast (lightest lights and darkest darks) in the foreground to improve the sense of depth and emphasize atmospheric perspective, which should be even stronger under water because we're looking through water, not air, at the buildings in the distance. I imagine it would look similar to a foggy morning (which is kind of what I see when I look at your second thumb on the second thumbsheet). I would also suggest vamping up your light source because right now it's feeling pretty dull overall.
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January 17th, 2012 #10
Razz: Thanks again for the great feedback. I have taken on board what you have said and hopefully that comes through in my image. I think I just need to practice more with my values because they have always been my problem.
Dierat: Hey, Cheers for the feedback. I'm glad you like my elephant. About my City piece I do believe that I have put in enough atmostspheric perspective in there now, but if not please let me know.
Right guys and girls, this is my finished Deep Sea City image. I have reached the limit of my knowledge with this image. Also I really can't look at anymore so, I'm calling it done.
Hope you like. Feedback appreciated, cheers.
January 17th, 2012 #11
Your elephant study seemed to be pretty strong in shading. I imagine it would look good with further editing/color washing on it. I think stricter shading like that will only do you good in future paintings if you have subjects which are strongly formed as that.
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January 18th, 2012 #12
January 18th, 2012 #13
great variety in the thumbs for the deep sea city.
The final image still has some depth issues. There needs to be some kind of middleground, in my opinion. And you need to play with the values a bit more, especially in the city part. The sight needs to be more blurry, because of the vast distance
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January 18th, 2012 #14
The study of the elephant looks very well done. I did somethings with your image. I hope I did not fudge it up. To me it looks like it has more depth but idk. I'm just starting to get serious.I hoped it helped a little.Checkout my sketchbook filled with awesomeness.
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January 20th, 2012 #15
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