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well since digi painting is for very hot I thought I would give it a try. And boy do I suck at it. I need some guidance from some of the pros that are on this forum. So point me in the right direction so that I can get better. Thanks
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it's working for me. Maybe it is your firewall, but I will check with my host provider
It looks pretty good to me, although it's a bit sterile and the colors seem a little too clean for this sort of piece. Consider working with a broader range of colors on areas like his skin. It sort of looks like the same color all over his skin, with only the brightness adjusted.
The biggest advice I'd give to you: work on incorporating backgrounds and atmospherics. This is something I really need to work on, as well. Even an abstract background will do in a lot of cases, but what you've got here might be a little too bland for a piece of this nature. Experiment with lighting and atmospheric stuff--dust, haze, etc. Also, don't let the saturation get too high with your colors. His skin and the red sash could both benefit from lowering the saturation.
Nice work, though. I'm thoroughly impressed that you're new to the digital medium and yet you can put out work like this.
I'd definately take a look at the tips and tutorials section on these forums, there is a great deal of helpful information.
Something I'd suggest with the coloring is to read through some of the tutorials regarding color. When you are painting something, notice that the shadows are usually not just a different value of the same color. For instance human skin has so many different colors in it, especially if you consider different lighting. Right now your piece is suffering from a lack of this, most of the shadows are simply the main color of the item, with black added, or for the lights, you've just added white.
Take care and I'd love to see your progress on this.
Thanks for the great comments. I will defantlly work on what was said. I will look at some of the tutorials and stuff. I have one question though. I've been told by professionals to move on. I mean should I just do a different images or should I try and get this pic up to par? Just wondering?
I'm not a professional so... I will let one of them comment.
I don't know honestly, I will often redo a painting and I find that I learn a LOT from it. I should clarify "redo" from scratch. Perhaps what they are saying is that after a while you can work something to death and you really aren't making much improvement (and often banging your poor forehead into the keyboard in the process!). I can see that happening, as its happend with me a lot, its why I start over from scratch sometimes. I've had good results with it, though i can not say that its for everyone since everyone is different.
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As Tristan said:
I also tried to copy the image url into the browser, still no result.
If you have troubles with your host, try www.photobucket.com
At this point I think you should start a new painting, with a new character and composition. Since everything is already rendered so tightly, if you were to try and "improve" this paingting you'd probably try to fix it while still trying to maintain the work you've already done, and not "lose" those parts you like or labored over, in which case you'd unconciously limit yourself (in order save your work since you spent as much time as you did on it.) Does that make any sense?
When you start the next one, consider using much larger brushes to block in colors first. Don't be afraid to use slightly transparent colors and let them overlap each other, you can build color up, and you can always paint over them if you don't like it. And the blending of colors (like cloth color into the skin, or skin color into the background) isn't always a bad thing! Light naturally bounces colors around and off each other. Like Marie said, check out some of the color threads/tutorials. In your current piece the colors are all confined to their individual shapes making the whole image very flat. Also consider your edges. In this piece, every edge is as sharp as a knife..... save the hard edges for the things closest to the viewer, or the things you want the viewer to focus on. Use softer edges for things further away, etc. If everything is in focus, the image begins to look flat and static. Also play with different brushes! Save the tedious blending for the very end, and only in certain parts (usually focal points). It seems like you used one small brush for everything. I notice when people do this they tend to start getting a "spagetti" effect when they follow the contours of a shape.
Hope that helps.
You move on to the next painting, although you may still end up with the same subject.
You might explore this guy from a hundred different angles. Kneeling, walking, shifting his weight to one leg, picking his nose, scratching his butt. Each pose is going to present its own lighting, shadows, musculature, expression, etc.
This character has some interesting physical features that you may choose to work on refining. At present, everything looks as flat as those old Colorform stickers. The body staples in particular bother me.
Paint this guy again, or just paint the side of his body, and get that stapled effect to look more...organic. Or his torso (I've seen mummies with more meat on 'em), or his bionic arm, or his earring.
Don't try to fix this one. Use it as a Compositional Rough for your next one, and put him in a different environment. Grow from what you've done.
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The fact that i still cant see the image is frustrating beyond belief, because my curiosity is eating me alive.
yes! err makes sense to me anyway... thanks for hosting the image, as it eventually turned into a big red x for me too. That was very niceOriginally Posted by Yumiko...unconciously limit yourself (in order save your work since you spent as much time as you did on it.) Does that make any sense?
(I really didn't want to see slash cry)
Thanks Yumi, you are a darling! Now marie dont have to see me cry.
as far as the image goes: I think yumiko and maddie is right, you should start a new piece. If you were to change something on this piece, i would get rid of that smileyface that stabbed my eye like a dagger once i saw it. It doesnt fit into the piece in any way. Also, when you look at the studs on his brushed steel skirt (?) they are all shaded exactly the same way. Because of this they appear to be all facing the same way, flattening the whole garment. They also dont have the same value as the metal (or fabric?) they are on, that separates them abit from it.
Other than that, ill just throw in the standard "study anatomy, dynamic poses and facial features."-comment, and point you in the direction of www.saveloomis.org
Last edited by Slash; September 7th, 2005 at 04:32 PM.
Holy crap I never really thought that I would get such a great critique thread going. Thanks so much guys. I will use what you told me to do my next painting attempt. I am in the process of changing hosts because this seems to be a problem about people not seeing my work. Even though my server told me that it isn't on their end. So I hope the next one that I post everyone can see.
Good luck with your next piece! As for your host, you should definately check it out. You entire sketchbook is just a long march of red X'es to me. Ask them if they allow hotlinking. As i mentioned, www.photobucket.com is great for hosting images. Very few downsides, and completely free!
That is so very weird. Why is it that some people can see it and some can't. I don't know how that works. And the host that I was with said that they allow hot linking so I have no idea why everyone can't see my stuff. But if it keeps up I will put stuff on photobucket. I just hope that my site works. That would suck if it didn't. I mean I can see it, so I don't really know if there is anything wrong with it.
I am not getting your site when I go to your homepage link in your profie
This is weird, I just checked this thread again and now I see the image and your website. It seems like its only up/available sometimes and not very often
well then I am glad that I am switching servers. Hopefully these guys will be better. It is going to be a coupl of days untill I am on the new server. Thanks for looking out for me guys
Maybe your bandwith is capped at knee height? That could cause the pics to show for some at one time, and not on a later occation.
maybe but I am paying for unmetered bandwith