I'm a total noob to Conceptart.org, or any forum for that matter, and I thought I'd give this a shot. This image is my first attempt at painting in photoshop (CS2), so be kind, but save the sugar coating for conceptbakery.org -- I want criticism, I want compliments -- anything you can think of to improve or advise my progress in 2-d digital art or this image specifically.
I used mainly a hard brush with opacity & flow set to pen pressure & no reference. This guy was a previous vector artwork from my job & took about roughly 6 hours.
Thanks to any who provide input, oh and if u want progress images or close-ups let me know & I'll post some of them too,
Last edited by arizonaicedtea; March 28th, 2008 at 03:03 AM.
...seems I's s'posed to post on the critique forum...
Hey cool. I like the texture you created with all the color variation. The design is really nice too.
The most jarring thing I think is the value range. Your going from white in the light to pretty close to black in the shadows. I would both lighten the shadows and darken the lights. You never see pure white, and if you do it's gonna be a small highlight on a very shiny surface. Your using it to outline your figures light side. Instead try just a lighter value of the local skin tone.
Also, some of your contour edges are kinda wobley. This works for things like the ears, but form objects that need more structure like the hands it might due to clean up the edges a bit.
Good stuff. Welcome to the forum!
...my humble and uneducated opinion.
welcome to the forum. I like this as an idea, and how it's done. Unfortunately I have no crits, becouse Mute said the most important things.
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haha thats awesome! its like one of those comic book super hero mutant characters! I like everything expect maybe the forearm... i think with the extreme angle and perspective you got going on, the forearm would be way thiner. I think you should try to get rid of the part of the forearm that is highlighted.. see if that looks better
welcome to CA then, its a really good start, i sudgest making a sketchbook, start posting all ur ideas n scribles, keep drawing. and a little note with PS, try staying away from dodge/burn as much as u can.
this is a verry good start, seems like u got the basic understanding of light, nd the colors are great too, i say post more stuff so we can really se what u got.
I just wanted to ask you how you set the opacity and flow to pen pressure? I can do it easily in Painter X but Photoshop is my program of choice for digital painting and I've never seen the option.
Why thank you, good sir - I'll try that out now!
Well the main problem area I see atm is the lighting... if the lightsource were coming from back and top, the foreground hand I believe would have significantly less lighting on it.
At least I believe so...
Also, the face would be a bit darker because of the ear behind it. Granted, if it's elephant-like, it would still show some light through.
Hope this helps at all...
Thanks all for the great critiques and compliments! You all hit on a lot of things I've noticed myself, but I've decided to leave the image as-is and keep all these things in mind for my next image. That way I can have this picture to look back at in the future and see how far I've come from my first digital painting!
Once again, thanks everybody!
This is a very nice image. It has movement and an interesting who's expressing emotion. I actually like the lighting. The one thing that bothers me is how sharp the edge of the character seems to be. If you look at the left shin, the edge is so sharp it almost makes it look like you cut the character out of a magezine and pasted him over the background.
The best way to deal with this is to soften of your edges with a blurring tool. It doesn't have to be anything extreme, just enough to make the character appear he is actually in the background, and not on it.
Overall great work, and I can't wait to see more!
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This is a great start for your first image in photoshop. You definetly have the talent there, just needs continual practice, like all of us want to do. I agree with the comments above. Would like to see "light" coming through the ear skin. Also, a background would help ground him. Keep up the good work!
Looks like the left thigh is squished and is much smaller than the right, and the right has the wrong anatomy. the abs are sort of out of alignment with the crotch, almost as if his body is in pieces rather than one muscle group. the lighting on the foreground fist and the head is off, since the light is coming from behind instead of above, a lot more of it should be in shadow and lit with the cool ambient light source. I think the mood, colors, and textures are spot on.
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In addition to what everyone else said, I'd like to point out that if you stare at the hand for a long time, each finger looks like it has a bandage on it. Maybe making the highlights less bright or the shadows of the joint brighter this could remove the effect?