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I am a fan of Frazetta's work so I have started with his painting 'The Return of Jongor.' I believe it uses all of the design principles. I have just begun digital painting, but have done sketch art previously. Any criticism welcome, I realize I have a long way to go! This one was 45 minutes or so.
Hey man! Great start, it looks like you're getting the placement down. One thing I think you could improve on is to rely less on line to capture the forms. These may be remnants of your initial sketch, but it would really help to block this into solid value, and then go from there. The other thing I might suggest is to really look for the soft edges and hard edges, Frazetta was great at this so he's a good one to study.
If you slow down just a little bit and double check, then triple check your shapes, you will find that filling in your values comes very quickly. your shapes can get a lot closer. Painting with a brush the size of the actual shape you see can help a lot too as if you fill it in with sketchy lines you can end up with an overall value shape looking off a bit. Nice start. You are going to do great with this.
Thank you so much for your advice Eric and Jason! I will keep it in mind as I begin my next picture.
You are welcome.
Here are my next attempts after my first one. Still trying to keep them around an hour or so while thinking about the principles at work in each picture. Any comments or advice welcome.
you are doing an excellent job with your shapes. really really good. your values need more careful selection in order to achieve accuracy. please flip the images horizontally and vertically and look at them in peripheral vision. this will enable you to see the whole of the pieces at the same time and adjust your values accordingly. let's get the values on target in the rest of the pieces.
Thanks for the instruction Jason. I'm trying to look more closely at the values now. Here are the next two I've done. I am happier with them but still a way to go!
this is looking great...the biggest change that needs to be made is that your large background sky/light value shape is one step too dark. getting your big shapes right is super important as it affects so much of the painting. keep up the great work.
Thanks Jason, I have tried to focus more one the background values in these two. The first took around 3 hours and the second about 1.5 hours. I think the values/shapes are better than the last ones!
these are excellent. couple things. the moon has a hint of gray atmosphere moving across it. two, your figure on the right in the most recent post is about 4cm lower than the original. watch your placment. using guides to check before you render will help keep that from happening.
yes there are great improvements happening. the last few in particular are excellent. keep focused on capturing the same emotional expression and presence when doing faces of animals and creatures...that is as important as capturing the presence of a person.
You are on the right track. just keep them coming!1
Thanks Jason! The expressions, presence and life that Frazetta puts into his characters is something I like most about his work