Here's a few more thoughts:
Most common painting mistakes:
:nono: To go shadow - midtone - higlight on all shapes, regardless of location and angle of the shape.
:thumbsup: Try to zoom out, flip it, turn your head upside down. Don't render each detail individually one at a time. Equally lit minor shapes flattens the painting and makes it hard to make out the important major shapes.
:nono: To render and highlight details that will only distract the viewer.
:thumbsup: You have to sacrifice a lot of details if you want a painting to work. You might wanna skip putting flares on the belt buckle on the unimportant little guy in the corner. The eye homes in on highlight, contrast and saturation. You should lead the eye to the important parts of the painting.
:nono: To mix black into the shadow and white into the light, and then smudge the inbetween colors.
:thumbsup: This makes the painting look grey and dull. Shadow and light often has a color, and don't forget that the midtone has a color too.
:nono: To draw poses flat. Like if the model had been squezed flat under the scanner lid.
:thumbsup: I do this a lot. It's so easy to draw people from the side or front with arms stretching out. It often ends up looking very boring and undynamic. Learn foreshortening and dynamic poses from doing studies of comics and real life models or photos. You can only get away with drawing flat poses of you paint icons or symbolic pictures, or if you have some sort of compositional idea.
Thinking in layers
Before laying down a stroke, try to consider these things:
- Feel volume and angle of the surface (plane).
- Where is the light coming from?
- Try to figure out if there are any shadows that might be falling on the surface.
- Is there any reflected light (radiosity) that hits the surface?
- What is the ambient color of the scene? (sorta like global reflected light.)
- Any speculars. Is the surface gloss/wet and also angled so it reflects a lightsource, such as the sky?
- The exposure level. Perhaps it's so heavily lit that it becomes more than white? Perhaps it's so dark that even the brightest spot is hidden in darkness.
- Is there any fog in the way?
- The texture of the surface.
- Will rendering the surface this way disturb the unity of the painting?
Last edited by Prometheus|ANJ; March 18th, 2003 at 06:36 PM.
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