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Ok I started this piece in hopes of creating something ok a student contest on a different forum. Heres where it ended up.
Hi Bouke285 - There isn't an easy way to say this but you're getting way ahead of yourself. To be honest this piece is not "critiquable" because it lacks any understanding of the fundamentals. You need to step back and learn the basic fundamentals first - then you can begin to develop a piece like this and it will be much stronger.
I wish I can be more specific, but everything looks unfinished in general. Especially as you get to the right side of the picture, the lack of detail makes me think you just gave up painting it. Parts like the architecture background, the archer's leg, and the cape need to be detailed more, right now they look messy and are just getting lost with the background.
As far as Anatomy? I think the bottom part of the bow needs to be straighten, right now it looks like it's leaning slightly to the archer's left and into the background, his left arm probably needs to be pulled back more to the left of the picture, right now to me I'm not convinced he's using enough draw force to use his bow.
I think your missing an overall light source as well like sunlight for outdoors bathing the whole scene. An easy way to show you would I mean would be this very cheap trick in Photoshop or Painter:
-Create a new layer at the very top of your image.
-Select the paint bucket tool and select a very very light yellow (white with a very small hint of yellow)
-Fill the layer with selected color, select overlay blending mode (which should be right around the opacity drag meters)
Enclosed attachment is the result I got with your picture with these directions, but you should see the general mood the light source brings to it.
I think it shows promise, and if you want to continue with it I would be all for it. In general you just need to clean up, refine, and finish the whole piece. I hope this helps good luck!
Thanks guys XD I knew this wasn't going to last long in the Finished forum, but I was hoping to snag a few of your comments before it got booted down and I did . I am well aware of the anatomy issues in this piece and it has actually motivated me to focus on learning anatomy once and for all. I have always feared this the most as well as figuring out just how light works in painting, I have been sketching many anatomical studies every day for about a week and am going to keep doing so. Thanks again.
But I could use some guidance what is the best way to learn in depth how light works and how it works with color. I know life drawing is always the best way but any techniques for observing the light and predicting where it's going to hit and reflect?
Last edited by Bouke285; January 28th, 2010 at 11:04 PM.