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Was inspired by http://keepwalking07.deviantart.com/...-you-356224024 while drawing bonsai trees.
Decided to try my hand at it and 30 minutes turned to 3 hours as I kept trying to fix a broken piece. Anyone have any feedback to salvage this for learning purposes?
1. There's no point in salvaging quick practice sketches, even if you got carried away and lost the track of the time. Just make another one.
2. Focus on big shapes, don't overdo detail.
3. Think of lighting, not color.
4. Composition should be done at the planning stages, not as an afterthought.
Yup, took your advice for big shapes and to make a new sketch. Usually my paintings are too dark and I use that as a crutch so I wanna learn how to make things more vibrant and lively like the inspiration link.
Here's a resketch attempt. How do you think I did? I feel like I lost a sense of the scale, so I'm gonna try to see how to fit in some more background area.
Last edited by archangelgabe; April 25th, 2013 at 05:28 AM.
Better value range, and doing it in b/w was a good idea, but you have still got very haphazard compositions there. Almost as if you didn't know what you were after, whatsoever. You should think about two things: what are you trying to tell the viewer, and where you want their eye to focus.
Recommended reading: "Imaginative Realism" by Gurney, "Creative Illustration" by Loomis, "Framed Ink" by Mateu-Mestre.