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    Hey man, thanks for stopping by. I really like how you've handled the clouds in this last image. Appears to be very deliberate use of solid colors (as opposed to haphazard soft strokes), and it's working well to define the forms. Very nice atmosphere in this piece. Keep at it!

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    Hi mate, great sketchbook

    I love this painting with the blue clouds and the windmill. I think the first version is actually the strongest for some reason, before the ship is added (maybe the diagonal element helps?). Of the ones with the ships, I think this one

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    is better, it just feels more mysterious and interesting. I couldn't say exactly why though The blade runner painting is awesome.

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    cool ideas man - great studies...very creative mindset....keep climbing ...

    love that last study - love the color saturation in the clouds......beautiful

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    wow thank you so much for the feedback!

    Kvetch: Don't you think the diagonal flow kinda throws you out of the image in the first version? That was part of the reason I added the ship. I think it helps breaking the flow and getting the viewers eyes back in the image. But maybe thats just me? I thought this one was the strongest as well of the ship versions http://conceptart.org/forums/attachm...9&d=1360690755 but there is a problem with that one. It's impossible to tell how big the ship is... so I made another ship version as well. I think I'm gonna go with the 2:nd one. But I'm blind when looking at this now... What do you guys think?

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    The last paintings is so nice! but maybe try a long tall spaceship in the direction of the light ? just a suggestion, anyways like mentioned before, the colours are absolutely awesome! keep on the good stuff

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    Thanks Deceptive! I'll might try that but I think then it could be too much diagonal flow.. Now I'm thinking the 1:st version again.. feels more interesting..

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    Hey, still looking good. The clouds really are awesome.

    I've read a lot about composition but I don't really feel that I've managed to truly understand a great deal yet. I find some ideas about leading the eye smoothly through, into or out of the image a bit dubious, since our eyes move in little jumps with the brain kind of deactivating vision during the movements. It makes more sense to me that the eye is drawn to interesting, unusual or high contrast elements, and that keeping these in balance is probably more important than where lines point or lead to. But I dunno. I think a character's gaze, or a really arrow-like shape could have that effect. When I look at artists with awesome composition, they often have elements dramatically pointing out of frame, but subordinate them to areas of higher contrast, action or detail, and often use perspective and character gaze/orientation to give priority to the focal point. A complete lack of 'bad composition' might make an image feel staged and unnatural.

    I think with the second one there is a very problematic tangent that breaks the depth, right where the mountains, ship and windmill blades all intersect.
    I also think it's not immediately clear that the saucer is behind the mountains, so either bringing the mountain forward with more contrast, or pushing the saucer back with more atmosphere would fix this.
    The angle of the ship doesn't work so well for me, it kind of implies that it's crashing or maneuvering fast, and it's so big that a stable, horizontal position would feel more suitable, but I dunno, this is obviously totally subjective. If you were on that ship though, at that angle, you'd want to be strapped in tight.

    The perspective on the house could do with a bit of work, and it might be worth experimenting with having the clouds moving back into perspective. At the moment there's a very shallow layer of cloud between the viewer and the house, but nothing moving back to the horizon. It might also be good to separate out the foreground elements somewhat to give more depth, at the moment the house, windmill and tree are all in the same plane.

    I do still prefer the first ship design. The shapes are just more unusual and interesting, I like the negative shapes it makes in the sky.

    Here I changed some stuff around quickly, think I made it a bit garish and the ship doesn't work so well now.

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    Wow thank you so much for that Kvetch! Really helped a lot! Cleared my thoughts and I learned some things as well so here's the result:

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    wow those clouds are perfect! i love game of hard edges versus soft.

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    Those clouds are killer. Are you using the blend brush tool, maybe on a wide tooth brush? I find my mac pro can't handle heavy blending or smudging. Maybe when I get a new computer.

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    Looking good! Only suggestion is watch out for where the tree is touching tangent with the mountain, it might reduce the depth a bit there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magellan View Post
    Wow thank you so much for that Kvetch! Really helped a lot! Cleared my thoughts and I learned some things as well so here's the result:

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    Thank you all for the feedback!
    WOW. I am blown away by this one. Those clouds are so nice to look at! Volume, texture, color, etc. It's all there. The ONLY thing I would nitpick on this one is the fact that all of your foreground elements, the barn, tree and windmill, are placed on the same horizon line...if that makes sense. You may be able to add even more depth to the image by staggering them.

    Someone else mentioned the tangent you're creating by that tree touching the mountains; maybe you could take this opportunity to move it and kill two birds with one stone.

    Again, amazing job! Big fan right here

    PS: might I ask where you drew inspiration for this one from? The clouds remind me a bit of NC Wyeth.

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    Oh man, that little guy with the balloon is great!

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    blu01: Thank you!

    CarmenJudy: Yes I'm using the "Mixer brush tool" in ps. I like the paintlike feeling you get from it and the blending of color. For this image I used the normal round, soft edge and two different tooth brushes

    Kvetch: Yeah I forgot about that! Fixed in it in this version!

    Syle: Thank you! I was acctually just changing that The only real inspiration I had for this image was from a national geographic (number 11 2012). There was an article about weather and a cool picture of a hurricane or something. Never seen NC Wyeth's work before, feel that I missed something great there!

    well I changed the tree. so I guess this is the final version... time for some new stuff!

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    oh noes! I preferred the disc-shaped ship. It was far more mysterious and dynamic (that's the angle really) to me. I guess the final is too static for me forming a straight angle with the horizon. Anyway, very nice final regardless, possibly the roof should have cleaned edge like the windmill-thing and the tree? Interesting looking clouds, nice technique and I'm glad that you were brave enough to leave them quite abstract and painterly.

    Well, I'm now waiting for the new stuff too

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    Nice colors I really like this blue in the sky))) though I liked disc-shaped UFO more... But anyway great job!

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    Thank you!
    R-K: Thanks for the feedback! I liked the disc shape as well but from the feedback I got people seemed to like the other one more so I went with it.. Anyways time for new stuff!

    This is made for a project in school and it's gonna be printed on a bus shelter at 3,6 x 2,1 meters. It's probably gonna look like shit that huge though...!

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    a few sketches and some school stuff..

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    didn't have time to finish it completely before the deadline but still something..

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    study from blade runner!

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    image I'm currently working on.. Comments and critique are highly welcome!

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    here's the final result

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    really cool design ideas, and you styles nice and clean too

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    Thanks a lot neeva!

    here's another painting I did recently. Not very much depth but I kinda liked the shapes.

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    4,5 hour painting.

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    an experiment I made trying to find some interesting shapes and colors

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    It's nice to have conceptart.org back again! here is some new stuff:

    Some thumbnails that never became anything..
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    another set of thumbnails. I proceeded with one of them and the result is down below.
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    And finally a Dean Cornwell study!
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    Was at a medieval games show and took some reference photos. This is something that came out from that.

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    Hej Magellan!

    Diggar din kille med vitt hår i början, är det från Blade Runner? Sjukt nice!
    Även post #83 var nice, enligt mig en tydlig förbättring att sätta till något som sjunker ner från molnen.

    Keep it up, kommer sätta follow på din sketchbook : D

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