Hey guys, I've only very recently gotten into digital painting and I quickly sketched this last night to get a better understanding of values. It started as a grayscale painting, then I threw in some basic colors just to see what it would look like. I'd love to get some feedback on what I'm doing right and what I need to improve/fix. Thanks!
Note: For some reason PS kept saving the image in a different format than the original. I'll upload the "real size" version if I can figure out how to fix that.
The composition doesn't really lead my eye anywhere. What is supposed to be the center of attention?
Nothing really. I wasn't going for a specific subject or composition for this, I was just trying to get a better understanding of how to use value to give depth to my painting, which is why there isn't much to it besides different "layers" of mountains/rocks.
The only thing that could be considered a subject I guess would be the columns/ruins in the background, but again that wasn't really my focus.
You draw like my Boyfriend, I actually had to check to see if you were him.
Anyway, I think right now, as karmazon said, my eyes kinda fall flat and I barely look at it. Some focus point would help, or something foreground/background could really emphasis a mood.
Considering it's just flat colors, it's no surprise there is little depth. Keep going! Also, the horizon (at least where the castle sits) is in a pretty boring place.
I just cropped it a little : Idk, I think you should experiment with the layout before getting too far into the values. When I compare my crop to yours, my eyes seem to be directed upwards much easier. Also, I think it'd be pretty awesome to have some buildings on the very top of the ridge to take advantage of that, maybe some scaffolding, or birds, or something cool.
self-epidemic: Yeah I realize it's a pretty flat piece, it definitely needs some kind of.. something Thanks for your input!
clarithium: I agree, your crop does make it more interesting. I like the idea of having some buildings on top of the ridge too.
This was only supposed to be a quick exercise for me, but I think I'm going to change it around with all your suggestions in mind and see what I end up with.
I would definitely work on the center, make more buildings so that it's some kind of an ancient town instead of that small structure in the middle and one large on the right.
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Quick paint over. Your wise to be painting in value. You might as well stick to pure black and white. That way you can work in greyscale mode and using the colourpicker is easier and the files are smaller, so you can up the resolution. I like the diagonal rock in the background, ads more interest to an otherwise vertical-fest composition. Vary up your shapes and sizes of rocks, don't have elements straight on like the river; asymmetry is your BFF. Try to make objects in your scene overlap in interesting ways. Hope this helps.
Damn Chris, that's really good, wish my original looked like that
Thanks for taking the time to do that, both the paint over and the tips are really helpful!
DAMJAN: Thanks, I wasn't happy with the way that looked either, but I really just put it down to remind myself that I want to have some sort of subject in there. I definitely plan on working on that.
I've been extremely busy with work so I haven't had a chance to go back to this yet, but I really look forward to sitting down and improving it with all your tips and suggestions.