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Been trying to study fabrics, this was done from reference. Now, looking at it later, I see that it has a very heavy feel almost like play-do or foundant. lol
The folds seem off and confusing, so I can use some help. Especially some tips on how to make the fabric appear light and ...foldable?
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Last edited by Capella; July 15th, 2009 at 01:48 PM.
You're off to a damn fine start!
Lighter fabrics fold more, and drape differently. This looks like it would be made of taffeta, which holds it's form pretty solidly - so your frustration might be from the reference.
I can't remember where I saw this tutorial, but it dealt specifically with the ways that fabric tends to fold. There are two basic forms, a 'Y' shape, and a zigzag. I think that you'd find more zigzag shapes in your piece if you wanted it to seem like it's made from more flimsy material. Also, it looks like the dress is just barely brushing the ground, and that could be why you think it seems a little unconvincing. If you showed a ground line and how the dress reacts to that, I think you'd be happier with it. But, that being said, this is a better example of fabrics than I could ever achieve. It looks really good so far
Hi there. This is a nice start, and I just have a comment or two. Hopefully they can be helpful. By the way, Jason Chan's (Massive Black, look up at the header if you aren't familiar) deals a little with folding and fabric. I forget the title, but it's the one with the girl being drawn down by a tentacle under water. It's not very in depth in that regard only, but it does give some nice pointers.
Anyway, a few things I've noticed about fabrics. First, you really want to know the form and anatomy of what's underneath, of course. And the folds often originate from the sharpest angles of the underneath structure, and then radiate from there in whichever direction to the far side.
Also, and this I think is where your piece could use some improvement, is the variance in brush strokes. You don't want all the edges to have the same effect. Stronger folds and creases (don't forget them!) are going to need a harder edged brush then then where they radiate out to, or more subtle folds.
I would tray to blend a little more smoothly, OR go the other way and have more painterly brush strokes, depending on the effect you want. Things look a little streaky or blurry right now. Are you blending with blend tools? Maybe stick with brushes/paint for blending.
Lastly, vary shine/reflection for the different materials, and also use some textures.
Looking forward to seeing what you do...
I have to admit that I tend to overuse the smudge tool, although trying to break out from it.
you are right on the money about the brushstrokes, I can see it now. I tend to use mostly just one brush (either the first one - pen, or the one that's got a bit of opacity). And then I just switch around with size, opacity.
Im going to try to play around with a few things tonight, and see what I can come up with.
I reworked folds a bit (hopefully) making some sense of how they fall. Tried making the fabric appear softer and lighter/ Also removed the heavy embroidery, that was making it look heavier before (imho)
Please let me know if it improved.
I like this one much better myself.
Oh yeah, that is a lot better! The folds in the fabric are a lot more convincing now, and the colouring is very nice too. I kind of miss the bright highlights you had in the previous piece, but it really depends what sort of fabric you're depicting the dress to be made of. It is a great improvement, awesome work!
This is much better, imo. The brushwork is coming along nicely and I think you have much better contrasts here. I rather liked the embroidery, but I definitely feel that is something you can add on later, even on a separate layer, after you have the underlying form down. Maybe a little more sparingly than previously, but that's your design decision.
You might want to try pumping some darks and lights a little more, too. I generally play with this a lot by using multiply and overlay or hard and soft light layers (in Painter). That way the original piece stays in tact, and you don't have to worry too much about color matching and blending. Just a suggestion for as you move forward.
Thanks you all!
I will try to play around more with contrasts,and sharpen the edges more.
I might try adding the enoridery as well, although im tempted to overlay a light pattern (never done that actually).
Yay for cloth!