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Hey thereeee. It'd like to reads some advices about the colors. Everything seems so muddy. >.<
I think you need to push your values and vary levels of saturation, it seems like everything in your image has approximately the same level of saturation at the moment.
Consider the light source. Where is it coming from? The light source on the giant robot (?) looks like it comes from the right of the picture, like, a very strong directional lighting, and if that's the case then it needs to cast shadow behind it. I think that's also a huge contributor as to why your colours look muddy - the lighting is a bit confusing.
You really need to work on your perspective first. I don't mean to be blunt.
Thanks for the fast answer. I'll try to cast the shadow behind that robot thing. It's been a weeks since I started drawing with colors.
Yep, I can't deny I'm bad at perspective. I have to improve a lot of things. Where should I start with the perspective?
Use round hard brushes with photoshop (or whatever you're using), and use full opacity. Don't even use the other tools for now.
Also work on your fundamentals like previously said. Maybe get some book like Successful Drawing by Loomis or Perspective made Easy by Nordling.
Damn backgrounds. It's really hard for me. I'll work on this!
Get more modest then. Simply paint a robot and maybe some very small part of environement. It seems to me like you may have tried to put too much into the same painting.
mm I drew the robot first, then I tried to draw some kind of a cool background. That's all. So I'll erase all and draw some easier stuff
Do you think it's getting better? ^^
It is better but I think you need a bit of help.
Set values and colours, be careful at how colours react to values. For example, highlights aren't as saturated in colour as you've done it. Do more planning rather than filling the blanks. It's a pain in the ass but you get used to it and it makes you improve alot.
Also build the structure. Here everything lacks values but also structure.
Here's a paintover (note that I did NOT fix most issues, just made it to show how to use values and structure to improve the robot). I only used the hard round brush with either 30 or 80% opacity.
Last edited by stephou; February 21st, 2014 at 04:34 PM.
You're awesome! Thanks
I'm working on it
It's a bit better but I think the weak composition isn't helping either. Like I said, it seems like you've just thrown elements in rather than make the whole thing work together. What's it supposed to be exactly ? What are the most important elements about it ? What mood do you want to portray ?
Also, are you using a mouse ? It seems to me you either lack patience to do things properly or you are doing something fundamentally wrong.
mmm the idea is to have a broken robot (or whatever it is) near the repairing hangars and a city in the background. However, it's complicated. I'm really used to draw single chars, but when I try to make some kind of composition everything looks weird and messy. I use a Wacom Bamboo and photoshop to draw and as you said "...you are doing something fundamentally wrong.". That's all. I should plan everything more carefully.
I think there's something wrong with your linework or method of working. I'm not sure exactly which though. But for example, you added that number on the hangar, but you used low opacity even though you used a hard brush, didn't put it into perspective or anything.
I think you need to work with full opacity for now, or maybe go back to paper. You seem to go way ahead of what you're capable of. Start a sketchbook here on conceptart, and do simple sketches of objects and maybe portraits or whatever you feel like doing.
As for the composition, here's a thumbnail of something that could work much easier. Note that the hangars aren't that visible, but since hangars aren't actually the most fascinating thing when it comes to design, you shouldn't be filling half the painting with them. Keep everything simple.
!!!!!!!!!! That's amazing! I do have a sketchbook and I'm familiar with drawing single characters. The problem pops out when I have to put any of them in a scene. So I suppose, I'll have to work hard on colors, composition and do simple but effective drawings, just like the one you drew! I'd like to draw concept art, but I must learn tons of stuff. Thank you again, I now have a better idea of where my skills arrive. I can't describe, how helpful you are!