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some of you may remember my first post. I think this one has improved since then but I still have work to do...let me know what you think.
in general, complete abuse of the smudge tool is frowned upon as the epitiome of amature, yet the image seems to be working, I dont really have any real crits to offer, just try something other than smudge...
Cool man - love the whispy smoke stuff. The skull is messed though, just looks weird I can't explain why.
Some really nice work going on here over all, with some really nice lighting.
A few things stand out. One, the solid black background is a little bit over powering, you can tone the paper in Painter with just a quick light wash, to vary the color a little.
Also, I can tell exactly what tool you've used, it becomes very obvious with the wispy smoke. While the face, ribs and even the fire are well rendered, it seems like just using the smudge tool doesn't look quite as polished on the smoke. Play around with more of the oil brushs and blending options. Varity will help greatly.
Keep it up.
im getting that tattoed on my ass.
like I said Im still learning and any advice on better ways to do what Im doing or just little hints are awsome. We'll see how the next one turns out!!!
Well since I'm asuming you're using Painter, my advice would be to try out all the tools. I do like your handling of the face and bones here with a more smooth look.
Other tools are the chalks, pastels and crayons, a bit rougher and more organic. Digital airbrush for fine details, and any number of the Oil brushes have a bit of a texture to them.
If you're using Photoshop, try getting some textureed brushes offline, there's a million free ones on the internet.
You really do seem to have a good grasp of things, you just need to experiment a little more with the tools and finding what /you/ like the most.
i know it's hard and not natural...but from one artist to another, try to stray away from solely doing character studies. it makes your portfolio weaker as well as you start using solid colour backgrounds as a crutch. especially now, when you are only on your 2nd digital piece...do backgrounds. it's better to make lots of horrible art now then be faced w/ a project later where you feel completely competent rendering the figure but when it comes to the background you are embarrased due to your lack of practice. backgrounds focus and give a point of reference for the viewer.
i think this is a really fun piece and i do agree the smudge tool has been overused...but great concept, interesting char. design, as well as excellent emotion portrayed. keep on working - can't wait to see your 3rd piece.
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Thanks guys for some great advice and Ill make sure my third peice shows some background too.