I read this thread numberous times before attempting my own digital painting. My tablet arrived today and I produced this, my first painting ever... a mango. Unfortunately, I don't have Photoshop on my Mac so I used Painter IX. However, all things discussed in this thread have helped me more than anything. Thanks to everyone whose ever contributed!
heres mine! this is my first digital paint ever.
it took me a little over an hour... thats cuz i was tryin to follow those steps that were given earlier.
sum1 please crit this, i wanna know how to make it better.
This thread is a great help guys.
I'm trying to learn all this at once. I'm an ok penciler but I have no clue about colors and painting. THis is my attempt at the apple. Any crits welcome, took about 45-50 mins or so.
My first painting. The shadows I know need work. Your opinion is greatly appreciated.
Thanks to everyones input and skill.
Here is an apple, the apple seemed a lot harder to do than the pear. Anyway let me know what you think.
Becky, this is looking great! I think you are definitely on the right track. couple of things...
background, it might be better if it weren't so similar in colour like the pear one.
adding more details, I think you have opretty much covered the overall form of the apple/pear, it's time to add details. How? just observe and try to add in as much as you can see. You will be surprised how much you can squeeze in. zoom into like 200~300% if you need to get that clean edge or some details.
I think you can also improve on values + colours, but that will come naturally with practice I guess. so keep scribbling away, just make sure you try and see more each time you put an apple in front of you.
Yummy a mango!Originally Posted by RNS
ok i submitted here once when i had to draw with a mouse,
now i bought me a Trust draw palette (ok it's not a wacom)
and i like to get some comments on what i need to pay attention on in the future, please note that this is my first drawing with a tablet
Wow, at least yours is alright, just take a look at mine. Its my 3rd go at my tablet. This is me.... . Any tips ?
try change your transparancy very hard,just as the founder says, 50-60%
then switch to 20-30% and after that go to 3-8%
at least that's what i did,
also look where your light source enlights,
your shadow isn't only on the ground,but also on the object itself,it would at least give you 10-20% of the volume you need...
keep trying i'd say,you will get the hang of it
razor, you should have bought a wacom. to your appple, I think the biggest issue with it is the texture. It looks as if it's wrapped around in a rough leather skin! apple has this plastic shiny surface. form is looking alright though, although I must advice not to use texture brushes at this stage, try to paint with just the hard edge brush, observe the colours and value changes and take your time with it.
Qxzi, ok.. firstly, stay away from the soft edge brush. and I can see it's a very rushed job, please take your time to observe and paint carefully.
the problem is that it started looking like leather after i saved it for web, i don't know how i can save it with less mb but with the same quality,
if that doesn't fix it, i'll redo it and post it again,thankx for the comment...
finally someone that does comment actually
my sketchbook : razorreke's scribble and scrabble oh and some drawings
Last edited by razorreke; July 25th, 2006 at 06:38 PM.
OK SOMEONE REFERRED ME HERE. WHEN IT COMES TO COLOURING/SHADING AND HIGHLIGHTING I NEED HELP, I HAD A GO EARLIER DOING THIS FROM SCRATCH, THIS IS THE LEVEL IM AT...NOT VERY IMPRESSIVE, I DONT KNOW WHERE TO PUT THE COLOURS OR ANYTHING :s
razor, I think it's more to do with the way you have painted the apple, it's missing the "highlight" so that's probably why. As for saving for web, just go to file>save for web> and go through the options there. for the next apple or fruit, try and stick with a hard edge brush. You will have plenty of time to experiment and play with textures but for now try and get the overall feel of painting in PS.
Sketchykit, I think you would get more response in posting at critique section of the website. For this thread we are trying to stick to really basic painting with fruits & still lifes. All from reference with basic painting tools. What you are trying to achieve there is little more complex than just slab on some colours. Of course I am not trying to discourage you or anything but try painting something simple, you can't really wake up one day and paint a beautiful solid spiderman. So my advice? paint something simple first!
yes i thought after i psoted it, i didnt use a ref haha,
i will go home tonight and practice with fruit and post up my results
ok here is my first attempt at an apple, not too bad, but i couldnt get the dip to look right, and it wasnt a very shiny apple at all. so not much highlights, dam apple
I decided to join in. I hope you guys dont mind. I spent at least 30 minutes, I dont know when I started. I had a referance photo as well, but it didnt have the stem, so I didnt paint it in.
*Imageshack changed my values a bit.
Hey all, after browsing the forums for quite some time. I'd like to thank bumskee for making this awesome thread, finally decided to try out PS painting (posting because I don't want to get shot )
My second attempt at painting in PS (my first finished). Took about an hour.
At this point I really hated the edges, so I tried some things and ended up just throwing this messy (30 secondish) shadow on.
I have no access to a wacom at my highschool, so for the mouse users out there, any tips on getting edges smooth? I tried to make a smooth edge but it just isnt working out.
Also, pardon my newness (my only art class was a half semester cartooning class), but are the colored dots by everyone else's paintings the only colors they used, or something else entirely?
I use the calligraphy brushes, because they're pretty close to using an actual paint brush. You can get into tight corners without having to make the brush smaller like you would with a round brush.
I just found this out not too long ago... Setting Angle Jitter control to Initial Direction or Direction helps a lot. A lot easier than changing the brush angle all the time. It works best with a thin vertical brush. A horizontal one tends to just make a line.
For some reason the direction setting doesn't look smooth at all, even with the lowest possible spacing...
Silvern: thats an excellent first(ish) painting.... you've really listened to whatever ones said, grasped the basics, and worked well on it. I think you'll do very well at this if you continue. Oh and coloured dots, are just reference 'blobs'... so we don't lose track of, or steer away too much from the basic values.
"Learn as much as I can at whatever cost, then give it away for free and ask for nothing in return" - (me!)
Hey Guys! Thought I'd give this a go.
so whats the verdict?
ok bumskee, i finally got the apple as how he was when i posted it,(you know you said to much texture although i didn't used it
ok this is how it should've been uploaded the first time
let me know anything knew on comment,thank you
Hahaha, thanks bumskee and seth. It kind of looks like the ref , (referencing my eggs) shapes are wrong but I guess it's the values and colors that are making the illusion, probably the speculars too? I found the bubbles really interesting too
-Razorreke: Hey dude, not bad! I would recommend in the future though that you attempt something less literal and less "finished product" and focus on one specific goal. Do you want to get the colors perfect? The shapes perfect? The texture? You'll get way to worn out if you try and get everything at once and you'll walk away without learning very much I think. If you are going for color, focus on that - use just a simple drawing as your place holder, don't paint the texture - try to break the shapes down simply. If you want to focus on drawing or the shapes, maybe just a line drawing or simple grayscale you know? Cheers!
It has been WAY too long since I dropped my here. Sorry 'bout that, but the stuff I learned in between has definately helped. Did an apple to get back in here. I'll try and throw in some crits later.
Included a kind of process. The last one is me messing with levels, Did I go too far? I think I did.