I really like the lizard study you did.
The paintings you do from imagination lack color perspective and the values are kinda strange.
Colors tend to desaturate in the distance, especially reds and yellows.
For checking the values, I use a black layer set to "color" on top of my painting. So, I can turn a B/W mode on and off.
Checking the values of your paintings and studying the values in photographs really helps with the readability of paintings.
Keep up the work!
Your 40 minute drawing has some nice values going on!
However, your last drawing looks really flat because there are little value differences. Especially between the background and the foreground.
Take a look at atmospheric perspective - also check out some B/W photos to observe how values and distance relate
Looks nice already – I especially like the orangey shadows to contrast the cyan light. However, the figure has some strange hints to perspective that should be fixed:
I just realized, that the upper body is bent back, so this is not too strange. But for the lower body – if you want to go with this kinda extreme vanishing point to the left – the legs should be at a steeper angle to match the hip's perspective.
Last edited by ecki; December 18th, 2012 at 12:19 AM.
Reason: Another idea