Second attempt at digital painting in my current series. I was very happy with the way this turned out, even though every element ended up being a struggle to master. Used SketchUp to build the shed, and painted the scene in Photoshop. Was originally going to have a person standing on the dock, but it really didn't work compositionally, so it became all about the shed in the end. No textures used.
Last edited by Benjamin-the-Fox; May 5th, 2012 at 04:53 PM.
To make this work better you could add some atmospheric perspective, some thing to make that pier look less bland (maybe some fence to cast some shadows across it) and some reference for those clouds.
Corrugated iron on the roof does work that way; it'll let in rain on the edges. The top window - why is it flush at the top but juts out at the bottom? The door looks like it's recessed, but the bottom line doesn't agree. TinyBird has already mentioned the size of the girl, who even though oversized, I didn't notice at all at first glance - give her dress a different colour from the rest of the picture even if muted. You also need a lot more bounced light about - the shadows on the whole look too dark in areas where this would apply. Tons of work for your to address - so get to it.
Here's what the 3-d model looks like unpainted.
Will freely admit the girl is oversized. Somehow it didn't occur to me while I was painting her.
Your image has way too much black in it. Shadows will never be that dark with sunlight that bright. There is too much indirect lighting to allow for areas to get so dark. I did a paint-over to show how playing with the lighting can add depth to the image and help balance out the composition.
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