Hi, Im new to here, and im hoping to get some help on a picture.
I've decided to take a step up and learn how to digitally paint.
The picture im posting I would consider finished, and I may or may not do more work on it. It's the first digital painting i've tried,
However I know that there are lots of areas and a massive room for improvement, and I would appreciate any pointers and tips so that I can
improve on future pictures.
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The colors are fairly dull and gray-based. Flesh usually has more distinct temperature, reddish or orange-ish. The "highlights" are fairly dim,and the shadows aren't quite dark enough... try using a deep, saturated red-brown on LOW opacity over the shadows on the skin, and I guess a dark blue with light opacity on the coat... I'll do a paint over to demonstrate real quick..
See? a very SLIGHT increase in contrast and color saturation/temperature REALLY makes the picture pop!! You were a good artist and used ref (something I've yet to start doing...)!! Therefor this was easy... it's a really simple fix, just be careful not to over work it!!!
oops!! Sorry about flipping it horizontally... I liked it better that way =P Also her head is very elongated... Use the Free Transform tool, and squish the head a bit, it makes it look SO much cuter.
Justin: Wow that really does make it work, thanks for the great tip 0_0. I've been wanting to be able to do that, i'll work on it. To paint I usually use photoshop, with a specific brush and just try to blend the colours in at a low brush flow, but it never ever gets the effect I want- I just had no idea how to do it -.-'. I very occasionally use blur at the very beginning to start combining in my rough colours, but I don't really need to with the method I tried. I only use smudge on the hair.
I am also confused at how to get skin tones. Everytime I make up a pallette, it looks highly unnatural once I actually start working with them. Have you any advice on this?
Haha, and as you mentioned, I did use reference. The head looks a little odd when you used transform, at least to me, obviously because i've seen the ref,
and the lady is actually quite tall and thin, so the proportions worked out right, even if it looks wierd - I actually started out about the size you ended up with and it didn't look right.