So, I always see these epic landscapes and Craig Mullins paintings done in Photoshop, and never could get the knack of pulling off that particular technique. So last night, I had some wine, and being less than sober, it made me pissed off looking at how good some of them are. I then decided to pull off an epic photoshop painting if it killed me! Anyways, to sum up, here's the results of that wine-fest. It's still in progress, with perhaps a lot of work left to go, but I wanted to get some opinions, especially from you folks well versed in Photoshop to see how I'm doing, and what could make it better. Be honest, but nice if you can. (I used a reference photo I took up near Mammoth, in case anyone was wondering.)
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never mix alchohol with emails and painting...
Colors look good, i like the sky. The only problem I can see is it lacks depth somehow. The mountainside looks very flat and there doesnt seem to be any sense of "growing distance" with the rocks on the hillside. mybe a bit more detail on the ones closer to the foreground??? Maybe some hilites to better show the source of light?
well first off, im all too familiar with those ticked-off wine-o moments where i cant stand to see stuff thats far better than mine. Im far from an expert, but it struck me as a really good first pass layout of your scenery. its interesting to me that it would appear that youve blocked out the basis for your colors before nailing strong light sources and things as it appears a lot of people work that way first in a sort of monochromatic way to begin with.
When i look at it overall i can really feel like i can see where its going and how it could end up looking quite realistic and well rendered all around. However after the first glance theres a pretty strong depth issue going currently for me, the ground appears to be a bit on a flat layer quite removed from the tranquil blue atmosphere behind it. Its definitely an issue of taking the next step in the painting and blending down the landscape as it approaches the horizon. The hill to the right seems to suffer from this in particular as it looks like its currently on the same depth plane as the rocks in the very near foreground.
having your blue atmosphere's hue and lighting 'kiss' the objects closer to the horizon should really help tie on those dark forest greens with the crisp sky.
also ill be looking forward to seeing those oranges really blend seamlessly into your current greens and really catching some light at the tips of the grass. as it stands its a good base color, perhaps it might bee too saturated as it stands? especially as it pushes back into the distance, this saturation should be more muted, no?
note the overall lightsource. as it stands without putting in any more detail it appears that the sun is being blotted out by a huge mountain somewhere or perhaps the hills in the distance, but if it were that close to the horizon the time of day would be different looking forward to seeing some of the lighting introduced to start get some of this nice composition some depth.