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Alright...i'm still newbtastic around this place...only been here for three days, but i decided to show off one of my favorite finished pieces. It was done completly in OpenCanvas1.1 and it took over 10+ hours...i'm not sure cause i did it over a periord of many months, working on it here and there for ten or so minutes. There was a photo reference, that i googled. I hope you like it...anything you can tell me to improve i would love to hear:
for the sake of crtiques, heres the photo i used as a reference:
Last edited by Kittywolf13; July 22nd, 2005 at 08:26 PM.
If it's a direct copy of a photo, could you post it? Bit difficult to crit otherwise.
it's nice enough, but in order to make a photo reference study useful for your artistic develpopment you need to do more of them faster. I would also do them in traditional paint. Learning how to mix complimentary and related colors to build or decrease saturation and value is very important skill that increases your understanding of color theory.
hey very nice painting ya got there, I like the colors you used and the highlights on it alot. Only thing I can think to say is that the back legs look a little wierd imo (of course that might be exactly how they are in the picture you painted from) and I'd say maybe adding a little more detail to the leaves and plants in the background would help the overall picture (again it might be like that in the reference pic so if it is then nevermind lol). Overall though, very nice picture.
nice but your slipping into a little hole of rendering out individual elements and not seeing how they connect as a whole (im guilty of the same i knowl, i do it in life drawing all the time)
but like check the distances and lengths not only of the object your painting but the space between them aswell, for instance its front right leg is quiet a distance from its rear right leg, a space that isnt in your ref at all. And one more tiny crit, if you look at the skin of the frog and the eye theres a diffrence in materials, the eye is far smoother. Now if you look at the specular you put on the eye it has the same texture as the skin, if you only put one like in the photo, it will make the eye look far more slick and smooth, and help build up contrast to the between elements, maybe even pay more atention to the shadows, as they really help turn the form.
Dont get me wrong, im totally nitpicking and its a good piece i really like, just if you were tryna get it really accurate those are some suggestions.
@Redrook: those are some really good suggestions, and i will try to learn from them. Sometimes i just get fed up with the nit pickyness of a piece...even though i know it will be worth it in the end...but thank you, i will try to do that, as theres plenty i can learn.