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    WIPs of Folterknecht

    Hey there,

    I am practicing realy hard to improve myself in digital painting for two years but my progress is very slow and I am always unsatisfied so that I abolish most of my works. This miniute I am trying to improve my skill in shadeing and matallike materials, furthermore I m working on my style so that I am using Warhammer figures and drawings as guides.

    This is my issue of last evening:
    WIPs of Folterknecht


    And this is todays:
    WIPs of Folterknecht

    In the first example I ve started coloring direktly. In the second example I am shading black and white before I ll use colors. The second one looks better somehow but i can t figure out why. I d like to keep the progress. What is it and how do I practice this?
    Is there something I should attend to when puttin colors on?

    Other critiques and hints are VERY welcome, too.

    Thank you so far

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    Hi and welcome

    The reason the second piece looks better is
    because there is less variation on the value range
    compared to the first. (Though the values still need work)

    Study more real objects and real surfaces and see how they
    correspond in relation to light and shadow. What we perceive
    as colours and form are all determined by light itself.

    Using black to shade in colour pieces can deaden the entire piece when
    colours are added.

    Drawing real people, studying their proportions and also rendering real
    objects (not just warhammer miniatures) using traditional tools such as pencil
    and paper will help you grow more than digital programs at this stage of
    your journey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Star Eater View Post
    Using black to shade in colour pieces can deaden the entire piece when
    colours are added...

    ...using traditional tools such as pencil and paper will help you grow more than digital programs at this stage of your journey.
    Star Eater is correct. Pencil and paper is much better to start with. When you get to digital painting, this link has some good info...Itch

    Minimal art went nowhere. - Sol LeWitt

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    well....this is parcial some kind of demotivating. I draw using all kinds of traditional media (mostly pencils and colored pencils) for 13 years while practicing evry day again and again and participated several nude drawing lessons and stuff. I felt kind of prepared for digital work but it seems that there is still a huge lack of basics after so much practice. This is somehow frustrating. But I will not capitulate!

    Thank you so far guys. I will use your advice (and the tutorial) to do more studies in nature and hopefully post some progress soon in the sketchbook area.

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