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    Getting the basics straight

    Hello,

    this time I chose a simple painting just to practice more the use of colors.

    I would apreciate some advices and feedback on how to get the basics right..

    What would you do to improve this painting?

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    I watch a lot of tutorials and other videos on youtube and other pages.
    All the good artist draw really quick and in no time with just a few lines they get their painting straight!
    They don't even need a lot of detail and you recognize already where it is going and
    you could even leave the painting like that and it would still be good.

    I tried to paint it as quick as possible but I never get it to a simple painting without much details to be looking good already.

    Thanks in advance for help!

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    Don't worry about trying to paint fast - Its totally not important right now.
    Take your time and work on your basics. Take as long as you need to make a good image.
    Also - maybe just focus on drawing and line work - don't worry about painting until you have a good foundation of line work to build upon..

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    You get the basics right (especially in terms of color), by studying and painting from real life. Inventing colors from imagination won't do you much good if you don't know color theory, and have accumulated many hours of practice painting how light behaves in real life.

    That said, you should really focus on becoming proficient with value before worrying about color. And you should focus on accurately constructed line drawings in 3D space before worrying about value. And you should focus on basic mark-making ability before you worry about constructed line drawings in 3D space.

    Until you are proficient with line, perspective and value, stick with traditional media. This isn't a hard and fast "rule", but it's always recommended. Pencils are just easier to handle, and there are much fewer variables to worry about compared to digital media.

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    You've gotten some really solid feedback from some of the site's most proficient members, but ill just add one thing in spite of my drunkedness: The light source (the windows and the moon) should always be brighter than what they are illuminating. also, moonlight is mostly blue,and regular warm light is nowhere near that kind of saturated yellow. again, use reference to get the lighting realistic. best if kucj,

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    To get the basics right, get them right before painting - in preliminary sketches. It is cheaper to do dozens of sketches than rework a painting with a bad structural error.

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    completely agree with Arenhaus. sketches sketches sketches!n the faster the better.

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    hehe, you pulled this older thread of mine up Thanks for the advices

    Since I posted this thread I have done quite a lot of color studies on theories and also some line-scribbling... I guess in this thread's painting the values are completely wrong. Too saturated in the back, too light in the front, the shadows are just made with black in an overlay layer, the grass look monoton with just some details on it, the same goes for the water... Probably there are hundreds of other things I am not seeing right now.

    here some examples of some line-works I've done lately:
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    In the meantime I also did some colorworks, but I already put them in another thread, so there's no need to post it twice.

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    You are scribbling way, way too much.

    Try to switch to pencil on paper, and practice getting flowing, decisive lines instead of all this crosshatching. It'll help your drawing confidence.

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    not bad tho. thast boot is looking good.

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