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    Neion's Sketchbook

    Trying to get better at concept art and illustration. Please skip to the end if you want to see the latest work critiques are welcome, need all the help i can get.

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    If anyone could give me good advice or tips on using colors better i would greatly appreciate it.
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    Forgive me if I am wrong but you seem rather new to painting environments if that´s the case you should avoid using colors in the beginning and focus on greyscale values.
    Using color without proper values as a base will give very poor results

    here is a method you can try
    Start out using values (greyscale) instead of colors, divide you composition into the groups foreground, middleground and background, with foreground being the darkest and background being the brightest this can change depending on the light setting, it is the most commonly used method.
    Then you can make a new layer and set it to overlay,color or multiply depending on what you like.

    and do studies from photos or real life, alot of studies

    try looking at this it might be of some help aswell

    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL58A62B98F9FB2AAE
    this is some video tutorials by Feng Zhu from fzd school of design

    Hope this help
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    Thanks a lot man.. i've been practicing environments for a month or two.. and i have seen all the Feng Zhu videos and tried the value studied.. i do that for every one of my paintings with the black layer on saturation.. but somehow i still get shitty colors. I will do the real life studied that seems like a good idea. Thank you for taking the time to reply i appreciate it
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    Mhm, also check out some old master landscape paintings to see what colors they use, and do some studies from them. Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Cole are my favorites. c:
    Keep going and good luck!
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    Im not going to repeat advice already given. I really like the second one you posted, it's so happy
    Anyways keep working hard, its the only way
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    Thank you. I did some black and white studies! and then ill add color to them. I will post them soon!
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    Hi there, these are looking good! Just to throw my two-cents in, I'm not sure you actually have that much of a problem with values. I think your bigger issue is saturation. You could push your values further and use a bigger range, sure, but it looks to me like you don't have all too much difficulty knowing where to put your darks and lights. You seem to have a big problem with color choice though, which comes down to where things are saturated and where they are not. There are a couple of basic rules of thumb about saturation that may help you immensely. In general, colors in life tend to be less saturated the lighter they are, and more saturated the darker they are. This rule can be bent for effect and isn't always a perfect representation of nature, but in general it holds true. Try this in your paintings and you will see the results immediately. I am pretty sure that this is the one and only reason why your colors are not working because I have had the same problem! If you look at my sketchbook, you will immediately see the point where I figured it out haha! The second rule of thumb to think about is not to mix your warm colors with your cool colors. You will get a muddy painting that is not very pleasing to the eye, and it will happen every time. Instead of mixing them, use warm and cool colors in comparison with each other. This will give you a brilliant, popping clarity in your work. Good luck man, you are on the brink of making some wonderful paintings!
    "One can easily get lost in a lot of little truths without seeing the big ones" - Andrew Loomis
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