thanks for commenting on my sb, as I´m struggling myself with many things I can´t give you 100% working formulas but I´d like to give you some crits which hopefully you find helpful.
When doing your environment studies from photographs you could push yourself a bit further. Try to start in black and white first as this gives you an impression how light and dark works in nature. Try to use the posterize adjustment layer in photoshop on a greyscale image. Here you can set the value steps from 1 to 255. Let´s say you put it to 9. Then you can analyse how these 9 values from white to black are arranged and grouped (Some artists squint their eyes but I think it works also with this method, James Gurney explains this also in his book about Color and Light). We used to do this in art school a lot. Do the same now with master studies and see how they arrange the values.
When it comes to color you could then try to choose 9 hues which you replace with the 9 values allways trying to make a jump in temperature. Hope I explained it well.
Regarding composition, try to modify the lighting (still in these studies from reference) in order to make a focal point, put in things of interest, play with saturation, perspective. So you should reach to the point where you don´t just copy and then go and try to come up with own compositions from your imagination.
Look also at nature and use the color picker over tomatoes and apples and see how the colors have a falloff from highlight (desaturated) to shadow (more and more saturated), Practical Light and Color on Gnomonworkshop handels a lot about it. If you have the time go out and do some pein air studies. (what I also have to do )
I attached to images which should show you what I mean, I used the posterize on both images with 5 steps. One is a random image from google the second is from Albert Bierstadt, notice how in both the values are well distributed all over the image to create dephth, however Albert Bierstadt uses the values to create a focal point, it´s impressive how small the focal area is in his paintings...
hope you find my suggestions helpful
Last edited by android411; January 26th, 2011 at 08:27 AM.
thx for these great crits android! i already tried to mess around with this posterize feature in some paintings from my ref and inspiration folder, its a quite eye-opening thing
btw do you recommend this guerney color book?
was not very productive the last days, i only have another wip from the current eow:
good stuff dude, the fire piece has great mood.
another watercolor sketch (sean: i'll add a second color in the next one , and yes it was umber the last time and this is burnt sienna)
and the second is my current eow wip (topic: orrey chamber)
Last edited by daflom; February 21st, 2011 at 07:45 AM. Reason: spelling...