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Hello everybody, I've to admit that I come from deviantart, but I really need some constructive critiques and I found this site that looks really helpful. Anyway, these are my firsts digital paintings of environments and I know that I need to improve.
Last edited by ShivaAbarai; January 19th, 2014 at 09:22 AM.
First Painting, cool concept, but since the red area is really dominant in my opinion, i would place an uneven number of other red spots/objects, brushstrokes etc etc on the painting. this because the eye will be drawn to a larger part of the painting than to only the center.
also, i would use harder textures and shading. like now the green vale, it looks like a carpet due to the smoothness
Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals.
1. Learn Perspective. There are remnants of it in the paintings, but it looks like you're just guessing at it. Recommended book: Norling: Perspective made easy
2. Draw and paint from life . Your lighting and colours are extremely over-saturated and unconvincing, your materials are also unconvincing (e.g. the water doesn't look like water). Drawing/Painting from life and using references will help you get better in that regard. Recommended book about Colour: Gurney: Colour and Light
3. Learn about composition and implement a proper procedure with thumbnails into your workflow. The images lack narration or focal point. They have large areas of empty space (e.g. to the right of the first painting) where nothing is happening. All that would've been obvious to you if you'd done thumbnails. Recommended books: Hamm: Drawing Land- and Seascapes / Mestre: Framed Ink
Thanks Joelchaimholtzman and Benedikt.
Yesterday I've started another drawing and I want to show you a wip, I would like some suggestion about the perspective, composition and the lights, expecially of the left stairs.
Perspective looks more solid on this one, but it's quite a mess overall nevertheless I'm afraid.
What are photo textures doing in the image if there's no value organization at all? Is this a night scene? Why are the walls so light in value then? It's clear that you neglected to do thumbnails again.
I could of course go ahead and tell you what to change for every part of the composition, every value, every material etc. so that the image looks more naturalistic, but it won't benefit you much. You're lacking the fundamnetals to pull this kind of image off.
You have to start going about this in a more organized manner.
Heed the advice you've been given and start drawing and painting stuff from life or at least with reference for a while (as well as educating yourself with the books I cited). You're biting off more than you can chew at the moment.
I'd say you ought to stop trying to paint in Photoshop, at this stage neither Photoshop nor color is getting you anywhere.
Focus on learning perspective instead. And I mean learning, not imitating things. Get "Perspective Made Easy" by Norling, and do the exercises - in pencil, on paper, using a ruler.
You need to drill the formal perspective into your system before you can eyeball it.
a great rule of perspective is to have the vanishing points far from each other so you don't get a distorted image.
If you'd read Norling, you'd have known that.
Last edited by Benedikt; January 14th, 2014 at 07:41 AM.
Yep, Benedikt told you everything you need to know for now. Well I'd add values to the list but that comes from life studies.
Follow the advice because where you stand there is no quick fix we can tell you to suddenly improve.
It would be better if you got Norling's book and did the exercises in it. Placing two vanishing points correctly on a horizon line does not mean that you've understood perspetive. Far from it.
"Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime."
This applies here. You're asking for a fish, Benedikt is telling you how to fish. I don't know how to explain it better...
And you're still not listening. If you had followed the advice given to you, you'd know that perspective also applies to mountains and rivers. You can spend as much time as you want on drawing in perspective, if you don't understand how it works you will always be stuck there.
Well, I'm trying to understand
Anyway, I know that the montains looks huge, and can be that are prospectively wrong, but my idea was that the river ends in a waterfall, and that montain ahead are detached from the ground with the houses.
Last edited by ShivaAbarai; January 16th, 2014 at 09:40 AM.
I think it would be very beneficial for you to combine your perspective studies from Norling's book with studying real life objects (houses, trees, rivers, landscapes...). Preferably from life, some from photos as well. Perspective you'll learn freom Norling and from practice, but you're also lacking the visual library to draw the things you want to draw. Only studying (from life and reference) will remedy that.
Well keep on practicing and doing exercises obviously.
And now we're starting to get somewhere. Make sure your vanishing point is actually a point where everything converges. Here it's a bit messy with things getting smaller much faster than others.
Also get some strong structure on the mountains on the side. Here they're just diagonal lines, you should break them.
Since you've been struggling with values, I'd make this one black and white, to see how much of the lighting you understand.
By the way, sorry for the harsh comments, but I got the feeling you were trying to avoid the exercises.