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Elf in Clouds...
Elf in the clouds..
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April 28th, 2005 #3Originally Posted by Interceptor
Tecm0, put down the mouse and step away from the computer. Remember, with great power comes great responsibilty. Your pencil drawings are fine for what they are, but your digital pieces make my eyes bleed.
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April 28th, 2005 #5
At least cut down on the texture brushes.
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I like the cloud in the upper right area. It has some nice edges. But the character is so fused with the clouds it's a little distracting. I can see what effect you were going for, it's a neat idea. Maybe try some different values to break up the brightness it creates. Keep painting!
April 28th, 2005 #8
try adding some contrast to this so it doesnt look so BRIGHT
April 28th, 2005 #9
Aaaah, I can't see it.
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April 29th, 2005 #11
I don't know what your aspirations or goals are as far as artmaking goes, but you need to decide right now whether you want to just have fun drawing elves for the rest of your life (which is fine) or whether you really want to learn to draw and paint. If the latter, then in addition to drawing the things you love (like these character concepts), you also need to practice, practice, practice. People have made comments that you need to work on "anatomy", but that's not really your problem right now. Actually your understanding of anatomy seems to be well in advance of your ability to render form and space convincingly (which I think you want to do), and your use of color.
You need to remove some of the variables so you can focus on basics. Like I said, keep doing pictures like this for fun, and watch them get better as you hone your skills with drawings intended specifically for this purpose.
To remove variables I would suggest putting aside the color work, the value work, and focusing on line drawing. Digital or pencil, doesn't matter. Draw basic forms, still lifes, the artist's manikin, etc. Learn to make those forms read clearly, solidly, just with line. By using only line, all you will be making on the page are shapes, which is what 2d is all about. All the subtle shading and blending that you'll get to later are just finer and finer applications of the same principle. Also make sure to flip your pictures from time to time as you work. You will see a lot of form problems this way.
The problems with trying to learn to draw while doing work like this are a) you will not be able to isolate the issues you need to work on and b) you will not be able to produce as much work, so you will learn less.