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March 17th, 2012 #1
Risaki-chan's Digital WIPs
ok here i present some of my WiPs I will be grateful for some critics and advice
1) Bleeding Roses - fanart for "The Mentalist" i used only this two photos in the early stages of painting
2) Red tea - as a Bleeding Roses - mentalist fanart
3)Wuthering Heights - no reference - fanart to Charlotte Bronte book also inspired by Kate Bush "wuthering heights" song
4) falconer, really early WIP no reference, slightly based on face of Chris Hemsworth (the actor who has been playing Thor )
If ypu notice that something is wrong/ could be better, have some tips or critic or just want to say what you think about it Do not hesitate !
Last edited by Risaki-chan; June 16th, 2012 at 05:48 PM.
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Brrr, man those faces creep me out. They're all dead and empty. You try to copy the expressions and faces of the people in the photos, but there's no life or real form to the characters you paint and you smoothen out some of the planes and creases of the face which makes everything look even creepier and plastic-y.
Not to mention you only use refs for the faces, but everything else from the whole bodies to the hands are suffering from great anatomy mistakes.
EDIT: Also it's nice that you have patience to put lots of details, but you're overkilling your pics with unnecessary detail that distracts the eye and yet fails to convey the form, the guy's hair in the first image is a good example of this.
How much do you actually paint from real life objects?
Last edited by TinyBird; March 17th, 2012 at 10:22 AM.
March 17th, 2012 #3
thanks! It was a lil' rought but true
I have a problem with expressions and i know it. When i was younger i was attending art classes and drawing from nature but now i don't really have time for that and my surroundings aren't full of models unfortunately. So with little possibilities I'm trying to make it work ^^; But thanks for mentioning that i will try to work it out
March 17th, 2012 #4
I think it's good that you're using reference. But as long as you're not taking the photos yourself I think you should be careful with using exact likenesses because of the legal side of things. It will also be more helpful for you to first sketch out how you want the image to look, pushing it as far as you're able to, and then find yourself a reference to correct with. It will give more life and creativity to your paintings.
March 17th, 2012 #5
thanks and I'm doing it (first drawing from imagination than correcting it with eventual refs) i haven't posted my first pic cause Janes face was terrible but here it is : this is how it looks before i used any
my my his face was soooo badd....
I took all advice to my heart and I'm now trying to make something more vibrant will post some wip soon
and here it is
i used camels photo as ref
Last edited by Risaki-chan; March 17th, 2012 at 01:12 PM.
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March 18th, 2012 #7
Well. Maybe you do. But you still end up with a near portrait like version of your reference. Even the hair styles are the same. The above is good advice. Study the head and how to construct it, then use the refs to correct in stead of just copying. Using several references for the face is a good way to get a unique look.
Another thing you need to look at is color theory. Avoid black unless you're very confident in how to use it. It will flatten the image and make your colors muddy. Don't just make shadows a darker color of your base color. You will loose saturation in both light and shadow, and the color of the shadows will be affected by the ambient light that reaches them. So under a blue sky all planes in shadow facing upwards will trend towards blue, etc.
March 18th, 2012 #8
I know what you mean i tried to be very close to reference because of the fact that i want the people (on painting) to look like this actors. But i know you're right.
About expressions here is some my older (finished) art i guess this one gives off some emotions and not skin-colour shades.
A Wila (or Rusalka,slavic mitology)
but.. i will change Janes expression, now I'm studing Loomis book ( many thanks for Calireayn for link) I tried to sketch other expressions on Lisbon but i kind of like how she looks like now it was part of the plan to make her somehow emotionless. However i will think about her expression too. Maybe after reeding Loomis i will get some ideas
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March 18th, 2012 #10
yep, of course, sorry about that
i made some loomis sketches
and come up with some sketch how i can change "Bleeding Roses"
March 18th, 2012 #11
The usual thing: stop copying photos, learn to understand what you are seeing. An artist doesn't copy the picture, he understands and interprets the form.
So study the basics. Structure, perspective, lighting, anatomy. Work in pencil, don't touch digital yet.
March 18th, 2012 #12
ok i understand ..... but guys for god's sake look at my other pictures too, only first two ( mentalist fanarts) are strongly referenced ("copied") from photos.. so maybe can you tell me some more about other my works?
March 18th, 2012 #13
Just keep drawing and practicing. I know its not specific to the drawings you are posting, but that is really what will help you improve right now.