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    nice work on the environments again dennis
    I'll think I'll work on my draw a box basic perspective before trying something like that
    best wishes for the new year


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    Arkhamalien: Trucking has been a little show last week but definitely trying to get back into it!

    I'm going to try that colour excercise you explained at some point. It will definitely be a struggle but I need to learn it at some point. I started mixing that grey 4 times and all turned out terrible haha

    Really appreciate the elaborate critiques and I have done more studies today and tried to incorporate your feedback as best as possible. Definitely was still going into detailing too quickly before having the colours correctly. So I did some really fast ones at the end to try and minimize that. Appreciate the feedback man!

    ElisaCleas: Thank you! It's definitely good to have a good understanding of perspective before doing studies like these because you don't have to worry about also figuring out the perspective on top of the colours, would be a little overwhelming otherwise

    More colour studies, I tried to incorporate Arkhamalien's feedback and start with bigger brushes and not go into detailing too quickly. Still felt like I was going into detail too soon so I tried to go for shorter and shorter times so I would need to stick with really big brushes to make sure I got the whole scene in within the time.
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    hey those look really great man! I think you definitely got more of the bigger truths on these. great job.

    the only things i would say about these is to:

    #1. make sure you get your edges right (like the buildings on the fourth one.)
    #2. blur your eyes and zoom out to make sure you get those damn tones right. (the close building in the first one, the foliage in the fourth one, and the foliage and mountainside on the last one)
    #3. try to get those get those shapes right, look at the road in the last one. you turned a straight line of the road facing one way, to a curved line facing the other direction. five minutes is crazy fast though, so i wouldn't worry too much.
    #4. other than that, these look pretty damn good. good job!

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    Arkhamalien: Thanks for the feedback again, I started a longer study because I think I couldve ironed out some of the issues you adress with a little more time, but my laptop crashed 15min in and then I couldnt be asked anymore Will do more in the future though and keep these in mind!

    Watched week 5's video's of Maciej Kuciara's environment class yesterday and today started with the homework. Started with complete photobashing as using photos was the assignment and then started painting more and more on top. I went with the same idea I had before with that environment I did with the roman architecture on a hill and the boats. I was super unhappy with that one but I am quite happy with this one, turning out better than I thought I would since I havent really started with photos before. A few more hours tomorrow and then I can call it done, worked on it 7 hours today, feedback welcome.

    I'm not sure if I should change the foreground to a nicer paved road and have like a chique carriage with horses or do you prefer the rougher terrain to set it apart from the rest of the scene?
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    Wow this looks great! Nice job I love the sky and everything is drawn really well.

    I kind of wonder about your choice of composition. Everything is pretty nice, it's like you want the eye to zig zag back into space from the horse to the boat to the other boat to the city. But all of the focal points feel kind of far apart, but evenly spaced like this. It almost feels like the horseman is on the same plane as the boat.

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    I dunno, it's a nice picture though!

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    Hi there! Nice painting, i like the mood a lot.
    I agree with JoeCowan, you composition feels a bit static. I think there is too much going on (4 to 5 focal points: horseman/pillar, big boat, small boat, city/sky). I suggest (I'm just spitting things out, you can ignore them if you dont agree) to strengthen the atmospheric perspective so that the horseman doesnt fight for importance with the small boat, make the big boat more important and add depth (warmer lights the closer you are to them too). Then to put the bright sky behing the cliff city and make the warm light at the base to indicate a harbour (a place for the boats to go/ for storytelling). and probably get the horseman closer in the foreground, the perspective of that feels strange to me.
    Overall it's a nice start, keep working on it!

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    JoeCowan: Thanks for the crit, totally see what you meant and I hope I managed to apply your critique.

    All: Thank you! I tried to apply all your points to the new version. I made the boat more into the atmospheric perspective and made the character more into the foreground. I changed the lights to a more orange in the foreground but didn't really know what to change them to for the background. Something I will have to learn more about soon! Also made the boat larger. Thanks a ton for the feedback as it definitely helped!

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    I ink that looks really cool now!. It's all kind of subjective of course.

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    Looking great! I suggest you suppress textures like waves and rain, though. Also, the composition is too chaotic for my taste, as the elements are fighting for my attention.
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    JoeCowan: Thanks man, feedback was very useful!

    Eezacque: Definitely agree, next challenge is using photos but using them in a way to not overcrowd the image with textures and detail everywhere which that environment suffers from, appreciate the feedback!

    Very quick hour environment done today, was going to library for a day of work but it was closed and I really struggle with focussing at home. At least managed to get a little bit of work done. It was part of the homework for week 6, we had to pick a screenshot with a basic block out and make a scene out of it. I changed it quite a bit, attached the screenshot.
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    Dude, loving that rainy environment!

    A couple of things though, the reflection on the water doesn't make much sense. You've got the light from the moon reflecting which is fine, but what about the palace on the hill and the path leading down to the water? I think it'd be nice to introduce some warmer colours into the water as well, and improving the reflection is one way of doing it.

    The overall colour scheme is a bit unusual as well, It seems like there's some kinda greenish tinge to it. If you shifted the colour balance and made the darks cooler, you could get that super cliched (but only because it's nice) blue and orange colour scheme.

    The anatomy of the horse is also not quite right. I get that it's not a super important element, but you've drawn the animal's torso as a box, which makes it look really stiff. Also, it's tail appears to be unaffected by the wind that's pulling on things like the flags on the ship, same with the bloke's torch.

    On that note, I'm not really getting the sense of a storm. Not sure how you'd do this, perhaps by making the rain go more sideways, as if the wind is blowing it, and play with the lighting to make it more dynamic. Surely the water would be more disturbed as well by the wind? If i squint, it looks very calm to me.

    If a storm isn't your intention, then get rid of the rain and just make it super tranquil, I think that'd suit it more, it doesn't add enough to the piece to be worth all the little questions it throws up. Otherwise, go super stormy and have everything be affected like i suggested

    Anyway, super nitpicky stuff, and it looks really good man, you should be pleased!

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    Titley: Awesome overpaint! I had thought about many off the things you've critiqued and I couldn't get to a solution myself. The waves and fire/tail like that with the wind definitely look a lot better. I don't think I initially wanted it to be a storm but because of the sails of the boat it kind of reads like an awkward in between. I need to keep in mind I should ask for more critique before I upload something to Artstation but just after I finish it if I'm really happy with it I cant help myself but instantly put it on AS Changed that for this next piece though! Thanks a ton for the critique dude

    This started off as a photo study in which I wanted to try and incorporate a bit more of a painterly style. First time using the mixer brush and it's a lot of fun. Would love some crits on this so I can spend a few more hours improving it before I add it to my Artstation. Main question is if all the features look right? I think the face looks normal and correctly structured but I have been staring at it for very long so maybe an eye is too high or something like that. Should I try to make it more painterly with bigger brushstrokes? Maybe I should change some lines from hard lines to lost edges? Any thoughts are very much appreciated!


    Added the WIP's which include the reference and some up close shots.

    Edit1: New version after a critique from Eezacque. Still more crits are very welcome. Main changes: Neck area, less dark shadow around nose and more texture to make it feel like an old painting.
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    Nice work dude. Did you do this based on a particular class or tutorial, or it just came outta nowhere? Still learning painterly brushiness myself, so I'm having a hard time finding things to nitpick. If I had to, I'd say:
    - The rim light on her far cheek looks a little smudgy. I have a hard time w/ soft transitions and edges though, so I'm not sure how to fix. I think part of it is a color thing: feels like there should be a more saturated color in the transition from very light orange rim light to the dark warm gray of her skin--like a saturated dark orange or something. Very minor point though and I could be wrong, I'd have to see ref of similar lighting.
    - The shadow in the upper right right of her upper lip (our right) looks a little harsh, almost like a cold sore. I can kinda see what you're painting on the ref, but I'd mitigate that / soften it up.
    - I'd lose the cracked canvas photo texture overlay. In places where it's laying over her skin, they look like zombie veins.

    Overall though, very impressive. Nice touches w/ the bloom light on her far cheek and necklace.

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    Hey
    I like the night ships painting you did, it turned out good, maybe the horse rider is too dark, but overall it is quite nice.
    Love the portrait too! lovely brushiness is my forte, love how you handled it here. the reference is probably pretty close to the painting, but I would push the colors slightly more, she feels pale, remember the skin tones have lots of color variations in them, like purples, greens, oranges, and variations of red and what not, it's the game of balance between those colors that make it work, when you put only one color by itself it's not looking that great, but once you make the right combination they suddenly play against each other and become complimentary to each other.
    Here's a good mini tutorial on skin tones, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPdkEEYo3F0

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    Diamandis: I watched a tutorial from Greg Rutkowski where he paints a simple landscape, but he does it in a very painterly style. So I've always wanted to try that and did it on a portrait the next day. The Gumroad Tutorial included the brushes and I hate to say it, but the painterly style you do really need certain brushes for

    Thanks so much for the crits, I have tried to incorporate everything that you pointed out!

    Danny_K: I see what you mean with her feeling pale and I you're right about colours having all those different kinds of colours in them and that's something I really haven't studied. I watched the tutorial and it was really interesting. I played around with adding some more colour into the skin tones but mostly the reds worked quite well I found (maybe because I don't really know where to put which colours yet) so I think it makes her feel a little more alive but this is definitely something I need to study on it's own and then do another portrait study where I use tons of colours. Thanks for pointing it out and the link!

    Incorporating the feedback, thanks a ton guys!
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