@Lup0z: It's a shame no one answered you several months ago when you posted your apple. Muddiness generally comes from strokes being too transparent and overlapping too much. When the individual parts lack definition, that's when things get muddy. You'll notice that in bumskee's example, he starts off with very opaque strokes. Each area is dominated by a single color. After that, you zoom in and carefully blend the edges between the strokes.
@P0int12lank: Looks like a good start. It's lacking sharpness in some areas.
@Villainbynecessity: Yours is a good start as well. The main things I see to work on here is contrast and shadow. I'd recommend doing some in grayscale to get a better handle on it.
@Lagaard: As you said, looks kind of flat. It's mainly a lack of contrast and having very little difference in brightness between areas in light and ones in shadow. Also with the shadow on the apple, I'd pay closer attention to the shape the shadow makes. The edge will typically only be sharp near where it starts, then get blurrier the further away from the object.
@quockhanhlk: It looks like a solid start. You've got a good amount of contrast between the light areas and shadow. The main thing I'm noticing here is the surface is all one hue. I'd recommend getting a closer look at the surface of the real one and working on reproducing it's pattern in the painting. Some more blending practice couldn't hurt either.
Spent around 6ish hours tonight on a still life of a potato. It found it pretty challenging and wasn't really sure how to handle all the little bumps on the surface:
@SmallPoly: Thank you for your kind words , i know i still a baby at these things, but i will try my best. Btw, your potato is amazing, i still dont know how you guy get to paint those superb detail on, i have tried with a super small size brush, but they're always messed up, can i have any advices/típ on that ? thanks in advance
PS: Please dont mind my bad english ^^
hey if you like you can use my work to show people exactly how not to do things
wow this is really helpful for a beginner like me. Thank you so much for this thread!
i am an art student and this is really really a big help. I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!
wow this is really helpful for a beginner like me. Thank you so much for this thread! Bumskee is so great!
Gave it a shot, 45 minutes or so.
Also, I'm new here, hello.
Thanks to TinyBird for the link to this thread, it's exactly what I needed.
About 4-5 hours of work I think. Need so much practice, but painting simpler objects definitely helps.
I am quite overwhelmed with all of this and have come to realize I need help. I want to be able to color my work in Photoshop and be able to have a painterly style. However, my colors, shadings, highlights, everything all come out dull and flat. I tried reading the thread from the beginning but I got lost somewhere. How do I get started and where do I go to figure out how to get better at painting? I have looked up tons and tons of tutorials but they don't seem to be leading me in the right direction. Only getting me more and more confused.
Spent about 30-60 mins on this.
As a complete beginner, I was surprised with the realism of the result
Also, my first post on these forums!
I've lurked for a while, this is my first post.
Found this thread and I was instantly compelled to give this a try! I definitely needed the practice, took about 3-4 hours..
It took me a little bit over 2h to complete those steps, thx for sharing this with us.
My first post here. I did it all on one layer and only realized afterwards it would have been nice to see the progress, oh well