Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Posts
    14
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts

    Woman in Cave--Need Help

    Name:  resized quiet dignity.png
Views: 323
Size:  449.1 KBName:  RS_quietDignity_4.png
Views: 326
Size:  441.5 KB
    I have always wanted but always struggled to be able to move from working traditionally with pencil and the like to painting over it digitally. I made the grayscale image with pencil and water-based brush markers. After scanning it in and trying various things, I spent the last day experimenting, and came up with the image on the right. I dunno. The color doesn't excite me, the values have strayed, and I'm frustrated with how long it took to get even to here, especially since I see so many videos where they just slap on color like magic. I'm aware of Gradient maps, but I use Sai, and want to work in a manner closer to traditional. I do this for fun, not profit. And they don't seem to need them in the tutorials I've seen.

    The one lead I've sort of seen is that maybe my values are problematic. When I have time, I'll probably take some images I like, cast them to grayscale, and try to apply color as a learning exercise.
    The other thing is that maybe medium isn't terrible conducive to the translation? The texture from the paper, markers, and pencil may be getting in my way, but then I've always the maybe the texture could work as a positive somehow.

    Any feedback or tips is appreciative.


  2. Hide this ad by registering as a member
  3. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Posts
    14
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
    Also, it's not quite that blurry irl, I just had to downsize the images like crazy to meet the size requirements. Maybe I shoulda posted jpgs instead of pngs? I dunno.

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Hamburg, Germany
    Posts
    660
    Thanks
    251
    Thanked 300 Times in 261 Posts
    I think a huge issue is simply missing knowledge and mileage. In digital Media, because you can choose almost any colour, the personal limits become much more clear very fast. You say your colours don't excite you. But that's to what you chose and how you applied it. There's a thousand ways on how to step it up. And I don't think the issue is about the traditional base. Could some of the values and the structure be better beforehand? Very likely. But the texture or anything isn't the problem. I really put it down to learning more. Especially about colour and light to give it more punch in that area. Mixing the local colours more up, playing with warm and cold contrasts could do wonders. Visual Hierarchy is also a topic to spend deeper thought on.
    So, it comes down to the good old learning process and keep going. You are on your way, but we just can't except to get everything right this quickly

Similar Threads

  1. Art: The cave
    By Cyborg_65 in forum Finished Art
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: September 27th, 2010, 10:29 PM
  2. SketchBook: Serious cave
    By ReefFrog in forum Sketchbooks
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: September 4th, 2008, 03:59 AM
  3. No Gods. No Queens. Only Woman. WONDER-WOMAN
    By Eliseu Gouveia in forum Art Critique Center
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: August 28th, 2008, 01:49 PM
  4. Replies: 10
    Last Post: September 27th, 2005, 05:00 PM
  5. Sketches, two woman and a priest + tin man and a buff woman.
    By DustinTrimble in forum Art Critique Center
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: September 2nd, 2003, 04:46 PM

Members who have read this thread: 14

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.