A few changes today.
A detail of the cliff area:
Last edited by oomgawa; January 21st, 2007 at 07:58 PM.
nice painting! u should check out mattepainting.org if you haven't already!
Life is a long lesson in humility.
Thanks! Yes, I discovered that site not too long ago, but don't have the courage to post there, yet. I know conceptart probably isn't the best fit for my work, but after meeting so many of ya in San Fran, it feels comfortable.
Wow, what a beautiful painting!
I would love to see some of the Hudson River work, do you know any sites I can visit to check it out?
By the way, at mattepainting.org, it is fully encouraged to post your environment quick sketches as well as full matte paintings, so dont feel you cant post there jsut because you dont have photoreal matte paintings. In fact, based on the quality of this work, i think you would be a welcom guest there
space-sprayer: Thank you so much for the encouragement! I am honored.
Can't say whether or not there is a specific site, but do a search for Albert Bierstadt,
Fredrick Church, and or Thomas Cole, and you should find good links,
Saw a Church painting in DC when I was 17 and was mesmerized. My desktop is usually a Bierstadt painting.
IMHO these guys are the godfathers of the fantasy art movement. Hope this helps!
This has a nice overview of the major and minor artists:
And this site has some huge images of Church and Bierstadt:
Last edited by oomgawa; January 15th, 2007 at 04:48 AM.
hey nice feel overall - if I can suggest a couple of things
-Try to knock back the textures a bit on the midground rock which the castle rests on - its as crips as the textures in the FG rocks and kills the depth. Maybe adding a layer of mist or haze might help.
-The castle could a bit more interesting. More ruins and walls - and also something to have a point of reference as far as it size, cause it doesnt feel large and majestic. Maybe some figures or animals as Bierstadt does as a point of size reference.
-Watch out for the repeating shapes of the mountains on the right, the mountains in the BG and the clouds.
-The composition feels divided in two and I think it might be because of the similar sizes of your elements on both sides- which in turn leads your eye to the middle instead of to the castle.
-Knock down the values of the FG rocks closer to a silhouette to accentuate the depth even more and move your eye in quicker to the middleground.
hope that helps
Rascar Capac: keen observations, thanks!
Yep, I repeated all my shapes didn't I.
Guess I like to keep my ducks in a row
Will have to work real hard to break that habit of grouping shapes.
Here are a couple of changes: darker foreground, and
softer texture of midground rocks.
The other changes will take a bit longer. Thanks again.
Last edited by oomgawa; January 15th, 2007 at 05:32 AM.
Wow thanks Oomgawa
I checked out that work, and you are right, its mesmerising! Nice chages you made there. Softening the midground rocks was a good move.
here's another link to some good oil painters from the john pence gallery!
Life is a long lesson in humility.
Made the castle larger, added some more ruins, knocked down the foreground more,
added some midground between the castle and the front rocks. Working on some creatures to go in today.
Thanks Rascar and everyone else for your comments!
I see that you managed opening a thread here.
Beautiful work, once looking at the closeups it really seems as if it was photographed from a traditional piece of work