# Thread: Zimfin - Colour and Light 1.1

1. ## Zimfin - Colour and Light 1.1

Okay, making a start on this section of Level Up.
About 1.5 Hours in at this point.

I have never enjoyed painting/drawing myself so this will be a challenge!

Last edited by zimfin; August 26th, 2014 at 04:20 PM.

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3. Zim this is a really good start. I want you to take a look at the value range that Raul has moved toward. Notice how he has come out of the dark and murk to a more natural value range. Your challenge is similar in that you need to move toward the darks and lights a little more as you are very mid value, which is a great way to start, but without darks and lights the image won't pop or capture the time of day you are seeing...so look for your darkest darks and lightest lights in the mirror/ref and note them, and then key off of that.

you will see the image begin to focus and come into view as you do. It is a levels adjustment issue...so to speak.

Great start.

4. Thanks Jason. I saw his awesome work and this is exactly what I am aiming toward.
There is no way I was going to leave mine mid valued like it is now, I just figured it best to start off this way before adding dark and light.
Thanks for confirming that I am on the right path.

5. A little more progress adding darks. Plenty more to do.

6. You might want to take another look at the placement of the bridge of the nose: from a 3/4 view like this you'll usually have some overlap with the far eye, or at least the bridge and eye will seem closer on the far side and further on the close side. As it is it feels like the symmetry line is thrown off. I believe that the issue is not the eye placement but rather the nose placement; too far to the left.

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8. Increasing your value range will bring up the form some more. pay attention to how the light defines the structure. See what i mean here with this simple planar head.

9. Thanks Jason. I actually worked a lot more on the image but it was going in all the wrong directions so I have painted over mostly and started to simplify it to find the shape better. The image you just posted will help too. Awesome.

10. Okay, finally made some progress. Still haven't worked into the hair or clothing yet but the face is improving I feel. Damn hard work painting myself.

11. Right, worked a lot more on this and now I am actually happy with it, which is a surprise for me.
I am a little shocked at the difference between this post and the last. This is much more accurate to how I look compared to the last yet I never saw all those errors until they were corrected. That is scary that I never spotted them in the early stages.

12. Hi Jason, can I move on to the next stage yet? Do you consider this one complete?

13. Yeah keep chugging away. I did put some thought into the recent piece. I was thinking that the value range seems a bit murky in that I am not certain the lighting and skin complexion are a perfect match...the mood and expression are there and I can see the vibe you are shooting. I think letting some atmospheric perspective and lost edges happen would be helpful.

Anyway..this was my quick paintover. Do with it what you will. For the purposes of this assignment, yes you may continue. Keep at it!

JM

14. Hi Jason, thanks for the paintover, I appreciate you taking the time out to do that and it certainly improved the image! I will keep working at mine until I get it right.

15. cool. looking forward to more from you.

jm

16. Looks good! Great progress from those first uploads

I'm trying to find something to critique - it's hard - but perhaps the hair could have been done in a way that would make it fit in more with the rest of the portrait. Not necessarily more detailed, but the rendering just makes it stick out a bit.

But really, I think you did good

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18. agreed. very solid work. my main point now is to be sure you are paying close observation and attention to the folds when looking at cloth and clothing. You seem to be using imagination there.

jm

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