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yeah bowser they are to sharp! try to with low opacity, smoothly, give it less shapness.. but careful to not over do it or will be flat. use common sense to improve just pratice, look at bumksee tutorial ( damn its great ) and again common sense to judge it, and flip it some times to see those issues more easily
hey sorry for this question unrelated to the discussion but does anybody know why there is a manage attachments option in this thread but not others? I didnt know how to upload an image in another thread cuz the same option isnt there.
Call0ps, that's what I thought you meant. I will try your advice with my next project...a mango! And yes, Bumskee tutorial is great.
He Metal-Mike! Like your "quickies", great job! I agree with you that the second one is better. I don't really know what it is, but your first feels a little bit flat somehow...
Here's my second attempt at fruit...a mango (from life)! Hope you like it and ofcourse comments and crits are welcome.
First off, big props to Bumskee for these two photoshop threads. Thank you, sir!
Second, everyone's posting some really nice stuff here. Thank you all for sharing.
This is one of my first paintings ever, and as such it has taken far too long.
Probably 4 hours, actually, and it's not even finished.
Last edited by JamesOutlaw3D; January 28th, 2008 at 04:43 AM.
okay I have been lurking read though the first and 2nd of these threads, i couldn't find this kind of info anywhere. I never knew how to start so it has been a huge help. I did the apple demo, it is my first actual digital painting. I did practice on blending and the like alot and am normally an airbrusher so this isn't my first artistic venture, just the first with CS3 other than photos editing.
Any advice would be great. It is from a photo, the last box where it says Help? is where I left off as I'm not sure what to do now
okay i didn't realize it would come in that big, i put four screen shots together and thought i shrunk it more than that. So first thing is
Make screen shots smaller....what next?
you have to re-upload the picture to the image hosting site you use (or your own website) and edit the post you've made here and also re-load the image.
i think that should help.
magnanimous, That's looking pretty good, the colour selection is nice. In your last panel though you've taken a huge HUGE step backwards. You seem to have just taken a circle selection and cut the apple into a circle shape. All the edges are sharp, and it looks really cutout and fake. I don't understand why you did that.
It looks MUCH better in the 3rd panel, (bottom left) with your softer edges, and even the bits of paint that extend outside the boundaries of the apple work. Atleast much better than the cutout in step 4.
I think it could do with some more tone variation overall too, specifically darker tones. It's quite high key atm.
Nice work though except for the last step
My first sketch with my new wacom bamboo.
Took about 1½ hour - blending takes longer than i thought, but it was fun :p
I know the shadows are a bit ackward, but couldnt take myself together to make them good enough. ^^
Critics are welcome.
Hello, Lyno, welcome here!
Play more with overall shape of your object, that most reddish apple is too elliptic, and kiwi looks too cilinder-like and real one has very different surface, try to observe such a things a lot and don't be afraid of experimentating.
Great work with colours! (except kiwi, i think)
I made another one but I was wondering which selection tool(s) you guys are ussing, or maybe you don't use one. I'm using the quick mask as you can see on the pics:
Made a pear this time.
I hope I did the blending process good because it's the first time I first block in the colors and try to blend while using a lower and lower opp. each time.
In my previous works I started with the base color and always worked with a low opp.
Again with photo ref. this time.
Lyno, well... I can't say that I do it right, but I make sketch, block colours in and when it's being blended I modify overall shape by eraser / brush.
The new one is cool, maybe watch more shadow shapes and walues too, however I'm not sure if it can be done well enough when painting from photo ref... Try something real! *winks*
Wow, this looks soo cute, so I'm afraid that I can't crit it anymore, wait for somebody else Great work since first one!
This thread is my reason for registering. Thanks bumskee.
This is my first still life, and I'm pretty glad with how it turned out. I knew if someone just showed me how to paint I could do it.
some_guy, welcome abroad! paintning is about finding your own way, i'm reading book by andrew loomis and he says that you can study other people's work, but you have to do much your own work.... Your apple is really cute, maybe don't you have it in higher resolution?
I really feel like I'm just starting to 'get' painting now. Like, I look back at what I've made, and I can see where the light is coming from, and where it's reflected off the table and back onto the apple, and little things like that that I didn't even notice while I was painting. If I can internalize all of those little details, I should be able to paint much more realistically in the future.
And I do have it in higher resolution, but it's not very detailed because, well, I guess I didn't spend enough time on it. I'll draw some more fruit when I get off work and post it up.
you have sarteted off a very nice project.
thankyou for your efforts to put up all these step by step instructions.
they are a great help to beginners like me.
we all appreciate it
This is a cool topic... it inspired me to join too.
I actually never painted in Photoshop something realistic. Hope I did well.
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My very first post here! In fact, it was because of this thread that I signed up! I'm Sethafoo, hello all
I just tried painting an apple - it seems like the no. 1 favorite here - but I failed (badly). I have no idea how you guys manage to blend in the colours beautifully. Mine are like... blocks of colours >< my question is: HOW DO YOU GUYS BLEND SO WELL?
Thanks in advance!
Usually you can for example, set pen pressure on opacity and flow, or manually change opacities... For picking right colour use ALT to pick colour when using brush.
Or you can have a look at one great article.
Thanks for posting your process, Bumskee. Here's my attempt.
I was just past the sketch phase with an image I was trying, and it just all fell apart when it came to rendering in colour. That's when I realised I'm really bad at it and need to practice loads more.
Found this thread and here we go, great thread people, I love the community spirit round here, what a forum
Anyway, some crits would be more than welcome, I want to add a 4th part to this but I've hit a wall with it. Taken about an hour and a half to two hours on it I think...
Thank you much Bumskee! this post is most helpful! I can't help but think about a huge plate of spaghetti with onions (much like the ones you made) and meatballs now! yummmm!
After long time, I've done another still-life study. I'm afraid that I'm not getting better anymore, which is part when I usually stop doing everything like sports, etc.