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    Critique Request: Value

    Hey all. I've recently been reviewing the fundamentals and I've found that my value needs quite a bit of work. Would really appreciate any advice on the below piece:

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    I can't make a paint-over right now, but this study is missing solid blacks and whites. You can definitely have a strong black outline where the foreground pot meets the table, or between the cracks in the table. A bright white could be coming from the window too. Is this a study from a photo?

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    It is, yes. Here is the photo for reference:

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    I agree with your suggestion about the solid blacks and whites, I felt I was tentative about them while painting this.

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    I suggest you to do this from life using one light, as you see objects as it is

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    Ha! I was going to tell you your ellipses were no good, but it turns out the bucket is smooshed crooked in your reference.

    Trying to mimic photographic effects like depth of field doesn't always work well translated to drawing. Digital in particular tends toward unpleasantly soft and blurry anyway, so drawing soft blurry things (like the stuff in the background) doesn't help the overall look.

    Note, this is digital. There's nothing wrong with adjusting your values by dodge and burn, or brightness and contrast adjustments.
    Draw more. Draw from reference. Draw on paper with a pencil. Do it every day. If you can't draw a good banana, how you going to draw a space marine?

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    I agree with the fellows above. Simply go deeper with your values by adding some black in the darkest areas. (don't overdo the black. It is very strong) and ditch any blur tool. Those things are the worst things that ever happened to my art XD. Perhaps, for the things that are not in focus, paint them with less details than the object in focus. that'll kinda achieve the effect.

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