Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2018
    Posts
    1
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Learning art by myself, need some pro critique

    Hi,

    First time posting here

    Firstly i aspire to design awesome environment concepts for games/movies/animated films.

    Ive been trying to figure out how to do value studies for ages, since they dont teach us any of the essential fundamentals required for producing quality environment concept art at the university that i attend. Also, due to the communication barrier that exists between students and teachers, because of diversity in language(Indian btw) i am having trouble finding a good tutor for environment/landscape specific painting classes.

    So i have to rely on youtube tutorials and art forums for info regarding environment design fundamentals.

    Most 'youtube instructors' suggest that students should learn how to read compositions done by old masters, by making a value study using a limited range of values(usually 4 value or 2 value composition studies). From what i understand, this is a method used to break down complex compositions into most simple shapes,lines and value arrangements that can later be applied to my own work.

    I am planning to post weekly updates with every such value study i make, along with a few observations that i have made during the process.

    I would appreciate any criticism on the studies that i make and insight on the stuff that i missed.


    Name:  1_1.jpg
Views: 1312
Size:  287.3 KB
    Name:  1_2.jpg
Views: 1316
Size:  469.4 KB

    Street in Nassau - Albert Bierstadt

    Observation:
    1. Upon zooming out to thumbnail size and blurring sight, i see the entrance clearly, shaped like an L
    2. Dominant 'dark shape' in composition, formed by tree, tree shadow, fence and fence shadow, offers good contrast to the entrance, it appears the entrance is the prime focus in this composition.
    3. One branch hanging right above the path, perhaps an element to draw interest towards the focal region.
    5. Backgrounds faded and less contrasty, gives depth
    4. Overall, it looks peaceful and still, not much activity, perhaps due to vertical elements formed by tree trunk, figures and entrance posts


  2. Hide this ad by registering as a member
  3. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    862
    Thanks
    218
    Thanked 322 Times in 278 Posts
    Not bad, I think the top, right corner is closest. I'd encourage you to come up with your own basic value thumbnail, using what you learned in this piece. Make your own scene that has a darker foreground element that creates a dark cast shadow, and plays against the light on the ground. Have some light objects and dark objects silhouette against a mid-tone background. You'll get much more out of this study if you apply it right away. It doesn't have to be a masterpiece, just change it up a little to your own composition.
    Last edited by Grumpysaur; 4 Weeks Ago at 12:52 PM.

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    862
    Thanks
    218
    Thanked 322 Times in 278 Posts
    Oh, and I forgot to add- that gate doorway, leading to the trees on the left side- watch your values in relation to the light patch on the ground at the right of the composition. The values of that gate opening are darker than the light patch on the ground. It looks very light, because it's surrounded by so many dark values. It seems like you were struggling with this value relationship.

    Name:  aprrentice.jpg
Views: 700
Size:  115.1 KB

Similar Threads

  1. Learning in Space - Would Love Critique!
    By Nanja in forum Sketchbooks
    Replies: 72
    Last Post: January 22nd, 2017, 02:20 AM
  2. Learning basics | Need work critique and a mentor
    By rahulvyas in forum Art Critique Center
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: September 16th, 2015, 12:25 PM
  3. Brusebeasts - learning the ropes (critique's welcome!)
    By brusebe4st in forum Sketchbooks
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: August 2nd, 2015, 02:18 PM
  4. SketchBook: mrd33ds book of learning. critique pls
    By mrd33ds in forum Sketchbooks
    Replies: 308
    Last Post: March 25th, 2012, 09:29 AM
  5. SketchBook: My first Sketchbook, Still learning, any critique welcome
    By Jay9408 in forum Sketchbooks
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: May 23rd, 2011, 05:39 PM

Members who have read this thread: 23

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Designed by The Coldest Water, we build the coldest best water bottles, ice packs and best pillows.