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January 19th, 2012 #14
That second portrait is wonderful due to the amount of detail given to the shading. The contrast is on the right track. Compared to the other drawings it looks as if a lot more time and care went into it. I agree with Topcross about the highlights/shadows on the still life cup.
I'd suggest practicing gesture work (try to get a flow going, become more organic with your hand, head over to posemaniacs and do some 60-90 second gestures). Also, practice more varied range of line weights, try making a drawing with 6-8 different line weights. You could also build on the cup-still life with different line weights to make it pop more. Keep up the good work.
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Thank you for commenting, lol i totally see what you mean about the whole highlight thing now, gonna go back and take a good look at the reference and see if i can correct it.
January 19th, 2012 #16
Ok so heres still life number 3, really not happy with this one but each one is practice again, but I'm wanting the next one to be a bit of a step up from these hopefully. Oh and I;mthinking the midtone value on this is way to bright, not sure though.
January 19th, 2012 #17
here is still life number 4, not even gonna comment about how this one came out, except the fact that it had a lot of hard edges which was proving really difficult to render out, so if anyone has any advice on that would be much appreciated .
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Are you using a brush on 100% hardness for the edges? because I seem to see just a little bit of blur around some.
Also, the front side of that last study is very flat, try adding a little bit of gradient there as well. Though I think it's mainly missing a core shadow.
In general, all your greyscale studies only have a short range of values, try to use all values, from near black to almost white.
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January 19th, 2012 #19
really annoyed after doing this. I had totally lost all motivation when i started this one and it shows, definitely the worst so far.
January 19th, 2012 #20
So yay, out of my still life studies I'm kinda half happy with this one so far, at least that I think it's better than the other ones so far. By the way that thing underneath it is a really badly rendered puddle thing lol.
January 20th, 2012 #21
I would have to agree with Voodoo_Mama, working on the fundamentals would be most beneficial for you at this stage, you are jumping all over the place trying different things.
Most evident seems to be lack of understanding of saturation. Simply put, saturation is the intensity of colour, it varies massively, just like hue, so take your time to figure out what goes where on the photoshop colour picker and do some more pieces from life. Really try to take note of the colour, value and saturation you are seeing
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January 20th, 2012 #22
thanks man, will do.
January 20th, 2012 #23
Ok, so heres still life 7, was focusing only on the colours not the overall picture. Definitely going to just do greyscale for now and focus solely on the values and form. So ye if anyone can shine some light on any of this would be much appreciated.
January 20th, 2012 #24
In some of your work the perspective is off. I say before you digital paint still lifes, try to work in a traditional media, noting perspective, proportion, and value.
January 20th, 2012 #25
Thanks, will look into it.
January 20th, 2012 #26
Ok, so heres some new posts with more than just the annoying still life studies lol. Theres two studies and two sketches I did of my insanely untidy room. The first was just a quick one and the second was more of a finishedish one (might colour it in photoshop sometime).