...please critique me.
Here's the original.
I'm pretty sure this isn't a finished piece.
Well, right off the bat, the eyes should be closer together, the face is a little too wide and there is too much shadow on the top of her head where her hair is.
Clean up the edges and smooth out the strokes.
I know your still working on the cloth so I'll let you finish that up.
Most importantly, make the darks darker and the highlights brighter to get more volume from the statue.
I think her nose is skewed a tad to our left in it's middle. I think it' what makes the eye there look out of place together with the strong shadow there. Right now it's the darkest value(on the face) you have and it looks odd.
You can actually go much darker in that line of her left (our right) cheekbone.
And the the shadow of her nose on our right and the one below it needs to be darker. This`ll help I guess with the consistency of light and make the shadow above the eye more plausible.
Alltogether you can push the values more. Forehead could be brighter.
And as for the wacom use: you have lots of little brzshstrokes on her face that make her look spotty.
So, take bigger brushes.
And, as it has been said, just erase the outlines or paint black over it.
But it is pretty nice already! Did you set the brush to pressure?
I think this is coming along quite nicely. You obviously some tradition skills before you started trying out the tablet. The rendering is really good and you get a great sense of depth from it. I wonder if you are going to keep the brush stroke look or are you going to smooth it out in areas. With the strokes you have right now it has kind of a clay sculpted look which I think is rather neat. The only thing that I would suggest at this time would to finish the base shading of the lower part of the bust and then open up a new layer over this one and start defining the details more. I could give more advice if I knew what program you were using.
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I'm using Photoshop CS3.The only thing that I would suggest at this time would to finish the base shading of the lower part of the bust and then open up a new layer over this one and start defining the details more. I could give more advice if I knew what program you were using.
It doesn't really have anything to do with this picture.
I was just asking because not every brush has it turned on by default and I personally often forget to adjust it. And, basically, yes, more pressure-darker color. I think it affects the opacity.
You can also set the size to pressure, or tilt n the brush creator.
The point is, that you can practically set how much the pressure sensitivity of your tablet transfers to your ps brush and what it affects. You can put a range from 0-100%.
Oh, and shape dynamics! This is also something that you can play around with, if you haven't already.
There are a few brush settings that make a huge difference when using a tablet. I remember seeing tutorials and trying to create a brush like that one being used when I was still working with a mouse and got sooo frustrated because it didn't work... duh!
There's some tutorial flying around here... ar, can't remember.
The picture looks loads better now!
I think the values are pretty good now, though when I squint my eyes the shadow over eye is still a bit too dark.
But it's nitpicking.
Last edited by DigitallyDumbfounded; January 9th, 2008 at 08:02 PM. Reason: smiley rage
Save the whitest for the absolute highlights. It makes the image more interesting to watch and you need more "middletones" to describe the colour.
Use harder brushen when working! You can change this in the wacom settings, or in oC options or whatever. Low opacity strokes look very dirty and doesn't feel right. Define it more, make it clean!
Looks good though. How much have you worked with your wacom?
Wow, I wish I understood light like that. I'll come back when I'm in your league,