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    Hey Guys, I'm working on this drawing about GoT's White Walkers. It's still in it's sketch phase

    It's actually for the 2d Gnomon Image Challenge.
    But, I'm a total beginner at landscape stuff, so I'm asking you guys to point out some
    huge, obvious mistakes that are probably in there. Or just some tips.


    I made two other versions with a skewed horizon line
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    I think I'm having problems with perspective and values.


    These are some other landscape thumbnails that I've done.
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    What am I doing wrong here and what could I do to make these better?

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    Well for one don't make the sky as dark as the foreground elements it flattens the picture. Organize the painting by value, background middle ground, foreground Let the elements flow but keep them distinct and give them a hierarchy of importance. Nothing should compete with the center of interest, even in the thumbnail stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpaint View Post
    Well for one don't make the sky as dark as the foreground elements it flattens the picture. Organize the painting by value, background middle ground, foreground Let the elements flow but keep them distinct and give them a hierarchy of importance. Nothing should compete with the center of interest, even in the thumbnail stage.
    Thanks for the reply! I'll try to change it up a bit, I'll update as soon as it's done.
    I think I should create more contrast at the point of interest (the undead guy at the front)

    I want the eye to be lead from the first rider to the back, to The Wall.

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    So I redid it completely, it's still in early sketch phase though.

    Tried to adjust the values, but I actually think it got worse somehow. It looks so flat.
    The sky is a bit lighter. Also changed the image size, it's a bit more stretched out now.


    I think I'm doing something wrong constantly, but I have no idea what.

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    So I redid it completely, it's still in early sketch phase though.

    Tried to adjust the values, but I actually think it got worse somehow. It looks so flat.
    The sky is a bit lighter. Also changed the image size, it's a bit more stretched out now.


    I think I'm doing something wrong constantly, but I have no idea what.

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    Well you need to pick a direction for the light. Right now the background and horse and rider have none. That will inform all of your other decisions and help you decide natural looking values for the elements.

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    For what it's worth, I like the idea of having the light coming from the top right, so the tree would be thrown into silhouette and then you could really play around with dramatic lighting on the foreground rider. I also kind of like the negative effect you've got with the pale landscape against the dark sky, even though you didn't do that intentionally. Not sure how that would work once you get to grips with the lightsource but it does lend a weird atmosphere that works well with the subject matter.

    I cant really see the second rider at the moment so I think you could get away with making him and the foreground rider bigger without losing the landscape feel. And don't forget the wind in the penant/flag thing. If the snow is blowing, that would be blowing too.

    It's a good idea and I'd like to see where you go with this.

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