do a little more rendering and keep it the good work man
do a little more rendering and keep it the good work man
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love that robot, he needs some scaling objects like skyscrapers to show how huge he is, or big ants and raindrops to show hes tiny.
itd look superb in brass or copper too!
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Very nice tonal control in your environment sketches.
Keep it up!
The_Flying_Dutchman - thanks man, appreciate it. I'll try to stop by your sketchbook soon!
Mila - Thanks! Its nowhere near done, but I'll probably work on it more before my submission
cgaddict - thanks as always
Velocity Kendall - thanks! I was thinking I would colour it in a copper or brass way anyway, so itll become that way in the next few days/weeks
udonhead - yeah cheeeers
Chips - thanks, I think they're my weakspot, but I'm glad theyre getting better
PHATandy - thanks man, appreciate it. If you get the time dont hesitate to point out some more specific things, because I'm struggling to think of anything other than analysis and practice.
will reply in half an hour... but for now something I'm working on. Trying to get a bit of narrative and a sense of scale into my pieces...
all for today.. I still prefer the grayscale one. But I think that might be because I spend so much time on values and very little on actual colouring. Im developing some sort of grayscale fetish I'm guessing...
Last edited by ThomasM; June 28th, 2012 at 05:22 PM.
Wow, the last one is awesome!
WOW! Really , REALLY cool stuff you have here *starts dreaming of stealing your skills*
Did I mention you have really cool stuff here?
the compostion on the mammoth is good just dark it a little to bring out the focal point
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I just wanted to say thanks because I think your crit really helped me. I made some photo studies today using only the palette knife and the 2 round brushes and they came out pretty well. http://attachments.conceptart.org/fo...1&d=1340946803
As far as actual color is concerned, I am guessing you are painting directly on an overlay layer on top of your grayscale? In my experience the problem with that technique is that it makes the picture look ''patchy'' if you don't cover all the grey parts. I'm not an expert in the matter either but what I've seen people do is put a multiply layer on top of the grayscale filled with a single hue just to give an undertone to the image and then start adding color on other layers on top.
A creative artist works on his next composition because he is not satisfied with his previous one. When he loses a critical attitude toward his own work, he ceases to be an artist. - Dmitri Shostakovich
Tea of Doom - wow yeah there is a a big improvement, nice one. Glad I could help a bit
frankfrank - haha, please don't because I've worked so hard to get them!
Ludic - thanks, thats the aim!
Leoz - cheers!
I noticed you used every graident from white to black in your last few enviros, it brings alot of life to your pieces.
pretty cool man
PITCHBLACK - Thanks very much, I'm loving experimenting with value at the moment
p sage -hey thanks, long time no see, I need to pop over to your sb!
forgot to post this!... just spent an extra hour or two on this piece...
Beautiful work! I really enjoy seeing your process and how you think. You have a wonderful imagination Keep it up!
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Great enviroments, really like the mammoth one, I agree though that the BW looks better, the colored one loses some of depth and scale and feelt abit flat. Think it might be because the color on the mammoth and grass further away is as strong as the closer parts. Your pencil sketches so cool, especially the monkey-like creatures, looks scary as hell!
Great deliberate practice with values and landscapes, and analyzing others' works is an excellent study method.
When doing these pieces, ask yourself "What is the overall key value for the mood and idea I have in mind?" It seems that the values of pieces is pretty close to a mid-key value. If you compare your pieces to Ketai's and Jama's work, you'll see that they use value contrast with fewer values to show depth and a focal point.
Have you thought of limiting yourself to 3-5 values to really push for contrast?
nice amount of work you pumping out man good to see. im liking the enviro work. and that mammoth one is awesome!
my advice for color: if you want to color things, either go all out and do full color from the start, or when you do a value underpainting, only do it VERY roughly. just indicate where everything is supposed to go and get your main values blocked in and then use color, soft light, and overlays. after that paint over it on a normal layer. if you do a finished value sketch and want to color over it it is going to look weird because there will be very few hue/saturation changes over a wide range of different values, when there should be many subtle variances in color.
bottom line, start with color from the start or very early on unless you want to basically repaint the whole thing in color layers.
hope that helps! youre making some cool progress, keep up the hard work
What I like about your wip in post #1645 is that is a nice flow. My eye keeps going where it should be going. I wonder if it's the values or the composition that does this.
The other thing I like is as if this could be an actual screenscapture, but it's somehow distorted and rendered down into black and white values. The sky tells me nothing, but somehow that's 'okay'.
I'm curious how this piece will turn out. Keep up the good work Thomas
Mila - Thanks man, I did spend pretty much all day on the composition for that one, I'm definitely going to go back and revisit it as it is, and work on that colouring whilst keeping the values neat.
lancer_idenoure - wow thanks for the advice, that will come in so useful. I think that is exactly what's happening- im colouring and just completely changing the feel of the image by changing EVERY value slightly (but not necessarily in the right direction)
orochigenocide - I have thought of it yeah, but I'll try and implement it a little more! Im really trying to learn to put in those more subtle value changes, but then I think that an "eye for value" is something you develop with practice, so I don't feel too bad about them at the moment. I'll work on it, thanks for the great crit!
BowandBrush - thanks! Really appreciate that crit, and I'll work on it.
WOW GUYS.. I mean WOW! Sometimes I get a little disillusioned with this site in terms of actually providing feedback, but then all of a sudden people offer up these great criticisms and suggestions and I think "fuck yeah! this is why I love CA! I really can't believe how helpful it has been throughout my learning process because of people like you guys. I'm going to head over to your sketchbooks now and leave any C&C I can think of!
oh, and I WILL SAVE THIS PIECE! even though I've ruined the composition today, I'll revisit it
Last edited by ThomasM; July 1st, 2012 at 09:53 AM.
sorted out the composition and went into a little detail too. Final.. and a little zoom too. Although i did paint the rocks in the foreground, I slapped in some rocky texture too from cgtextures.com. I'll visit that later for all those purists out there that are hating me for that (haha!)
I'm going to call this one done for a while and let it "rest" (like a delicious roast). This one might go in the TAD application actually, its growing on me
kevin_ - yeah I think so too, thanks for stopping by
xbert - cheers
Nothing exciting, but as I'm gaining confidence with these enviro's I think I'll start doing some architectural things.. which can mean only one thing... perspective!!
.. & studies
First... an analysis of some thumbnails I did, with some playing around with distances from picture plane, cones of vision and heights from ground. All interesting to do actually, I think the setup that Carl Dobsky teaches you in photoshop is INCREDIBLY useful because it can be setup in a couple of minutes (with practice)
Last edited by ThomasM; July 2nd, 2012 at 07:34 AM.
yeah man i need to practice some perspective too!
that last one is sweet. my only qualm is you have those 3 central elements interacting with each other nicely but the entire rest of the painting is just dead space. the closeup works MUCH better in terms of composition. if you could just have that crop without the pixelation i think it would make a much stronger piece. you generally want every part of an image doing something. if something is not contributing to the piece, more often than not it is working against it.
just something to watch out for. cheers
lancer_idenoure - wow thanks for the great crit again. That is something that I was aware of by the time I came to the end of the piece, but not initially. Unfortunately, I often have an "itll come together" attitude at the start, which I need to get rid of!
The end of a day of perspective studying. This was taken a little further to try and put what I've learned into practice. Im trying to get a landscape done for my portfolio which demonstrates at least a little knowledge of perspective and architectural ability.
I'm not too sure about the composition on this one, but I think with some tweaking it could be good. I'm sure once its done I'll throw in a monster or something, as I often do
Last edited by ThomasM; July 2nd, 2012 at 06:18 PM.