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    Post Recent Graduate-David Chen Portfolio

    My name is David Chen. I am a recent graduate at SCAD. I am focused on CG rigging, concept environments, color scripts. I am looking to learn how to better my work and garner ideas
    for future projects so that I can have a more appealing digital illustration portfolio so I can land a job in a game studio or film studio!

    I am looking for input on my work, my presentation of my work, and and tips or suggestions otherwise.

    Thanks so much!

    David Chen

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    my website (dachenart.com)

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    Your works look nice but they feel very simple. I think it may be the lack of textures. Sky isn't just a simple gradient. Most time it has clouds, even if it's thin and scarce. If you meant to paint somewhere the sky will have absolute no clouds nor stars or birds, you should rework the composition.
    Also, when there is a light source setting toward the horizon in the sky, ie sunset or moon set, it's never just a lighter round ball that faded out in circular gradient. Because of the way our atmosphere reflect and refract the light, it's often a broader fading. (kind of hard to explain without a diagram, if you can't understand, I'll try to draw a picture later)

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    Thanks look! I will try to add some clouds to that piece to break up the boring background.

    Let me know what you think of my website and portfolio

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    I really like the pencil works on your site. I feel like there is a interesting story going on in some of paintings, but they're so small and loosely painted that I really have trouble telling what's going on.

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    Shorinji- Thanks for the compliment I thought that if the paintings were too big, some people might not be able to see all of the paintings, but I'll go ahead and resize those scripts so they're bigger.

    Keep them coming guys! I really appreciate the feedback!

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    Man, your major problem is the lacking of value separation and your knowledge of your tools.

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    all89002jiuhn- I suppose that you are making a point about how general I am being? I should be more specific. I really need some feedback right now on my portfolio contents.

    Hitsu//San- Thanks for pointing these out, man! I just need you to be bit more specific.

    In terms of value separation, you refer to the inability to create a "crisp" edge? Also, let me know what you mean by "knowledge of tools."

    Did you mean that I should use more Photoshop tools (and generally just become more practiced)?

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    Since happened lots of times i've decided to do a quick tutorial for value separation, we are talking about visual so let's go visual, hope you don't mind
    It's quite simple, in short it's the maximum gamma separation between your image from black to white. If you have a short value separation (like the first image, it have a separation from 5 to 10 point of b/w) your image tend to be flat. If you have a high value separation (the second image have 30 points) you can create depth (as you can see black stripes are in front for our brain) in a more realistic way. It's quite awesome that you have a range of 100 points, from black0 to white100, of value. I don't want to explain color value separation cause it's a bit more complicated and can confuse even the most expert illustrator sometimes.

    About your tools knowledge... well choose a tool, like photoshop or whatever you use for digital pain or for paint or for sketching on a paper and master it. Be sure to explore, to read, to ask whatever you want to learn to do, don't simply put colors here and there and try something that you'll see done from others. By doing this you can express your art as you want. It's like knowing a language you know, if you know only 10 words of english it becomes really hard to speak, but if you know every word and all the grammar rules (not like me XD) you can say whatever you want.

    If there are questions let me know.

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    Hey man, great start to your portfolio, i agree wholeheartedly with Hitsu san about value. The first environment while vibrant color wise, lacks a a focal point for me. The horizon based on the perspective of the rock would suggest that we would be able to see a continuation of rock or cliffs in the distance or mountains.
    some depth and a focal point for the foreground would help this piece immensely.
    right now the eye is drawn to the underside of the rock, but the most interesting area for me is to the left in the dark shadowy area, despite the fact i cant really make out details due to where the light source is.

    based on looking at other pieces in your portfolio a greater range of color and knowledge of light sources could really help you
    below is a link to James gurneys blog and the posts that concern color, he's a master of color and light and his blog is fantastic, check it out! choc full of information & tutorials about nearly everything, perspective, value, color, light, you name it!
    hope it helps!
    http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/search/label/Color

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    ArianeWhit- Thanks for the compliment! What did you like, what was something that you think I could do better?

    Hitsu//San- Thanks for the explanation and the quick visual demo, it really puts the point across, and I can definitely see where the piece s can benefit from this. I guess at this point I just need to put in some more practice and log those Photoshop hours.

    silarvalla- I have both of the Gurney books, and just need to absorb more of the info within them into my brain. To be honest, the first environment is actually a background for a film, so it is relatively very lacking in focal points because none of the character are put in -_-. Now that you have pointed this out, I seriously agree that I do need more pieces with actual strong focal points. Have you seen all the other pieces of my site? what did you think of them?

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    ArianeWhit- Thanks a lot! what did you like? what did you think i can work on?

    Hitsu//San- Thanks for the quick visual demo, I can see where this can be of us to me in future pieces!

    silarvalla- Thank for pointing it out, I completely see it now. That first environmental piece that I attached is actually a background for a 2D film, but I can definitely see where more layers of atmospheric perspective can be of use, as well as using details and contrast to push out supporting focal points.

    I have both the Gurney books, and am continuing to absorb as much as I can out of them.

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