Hello crit center!
I've really been trying to improve my environmental work. Here's a quick thing I did from a photo and I'm starting to add details/really flesh out the picture. But since I've never done much aside from enviro speed paints I don't really know where to go from here. Painting bark especially confuses me.
I would appreciate any advice you can give
Thanks for your time!
Dana's HUNGRY LIKE A WOLF sketch blog
I like the moss below the tree. Try to use the brush strokes to define the texture and edges instead of blending so much for the tree.
Thanks you guys, that advice really helped.
arenhaus- I'm amazed at how that simple suggestion helped so much xD I just did a quick paint over with horizontal strokes and already I feel so much more depth and texture in the tree. Thanks so much!
And a final thanks to Johnnie Walker for keeping me focused throughout all this business. I'm still hesitant to touch the distant foliage. Any suggestions for that?
Here's an update before I go to bed.
Dana's HUNGRY LIKE A WOLF sketch blog
Looking really nice, it's just a case of knuckling down and starting that fine detailing using references! Can't wait to see the finished drawing.
Looks OK. The plant/moss/flower etc detail is very nice.
I'm not too crazy about the contours of the trees--especially the ones in the background but also on the big one up front. You'd do well to slow waay down and carefully observe the actual thickness and changes in direction of the tree trunks in your reference photo. What's there now feels far too loose and swishy to be convincing.
Foliage is a really tricky deal. Try to remember to paint things as masses first, and try to suggest the shapes of the branches and leaves. Paint with both the leaves and background color (sometimes carving the limbs with the background color is best, if you don't mind working on one or two layers).
Really think about what you're painting while you do it. Being quick and messy will only mess you up here. Look at references of trees and forests while you do it, no reason not to.
Keep going, looking good man.
the fg at the bottom of the pic is looking really good. my eye gets drawn to the bright area in the top left and then immediately i see some really rough brush strokes. get your photo ref out and spend a bit more time on the top left to sort out some of the rough strokes.
good job with the texture on the second version, a good improvement indeed.
I like this a lot its good for me to see something other than monsters, nudes and droids, and its mostly there already. This is just a suggestion as you already have much better artists in your corner than me but have you tried:-
looking up a tutorial online for making texture brushes, all this needs is some bark texture on the main tree and a suggestion of some on the others, if it helps I can find you some tree trunk textures if you'd like, I have quite a few in my reference library.
I always find that looking at these helps me paint them on, A good reference library is everthing to me I am lost without it and its where I get my texture brushed from.
all the best and keep up the good work
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Hmmmm....the sky is rarely white - and shadows rarely black (really only at night under moonlight usually). Quig is right about masses - it is about the masses and light first, detail last. You're best bet is to get out into some woods somewhere that is similar to your scene - spend the afternoon (or entire day) observing and sketching - like hour long sketches so you get "in tune" with the place and how light works on the forms. Squint to simplify patterns and eliminate detail. Spending a day in nature will provide far more information than a year spent working from photos.