You're improving by each post, keep it up, try to "see" the forms as whole, not just the right values and I would like to add : try to check some photo for coloring reference, the green is a bit too strong and saturated to work as a light reflection (I hope you understand, english isn't my first language :/).
Thanks for the advice, totally know what you mean with the forms and colour, and your english is fine anyways.
some terrible sketches and studies.
I'm uploding this just for something to upload, but it's freaking terrible.
unfinished drapery study
still life 18 I think lol.
Complete fail on the shadow.
I think other people have said this, but it is very important to include the shadow that an object casts on the surface it is sitting on (think of this as just another part of the object). It really helps add to the realism and grounds your object so its not just floating in space. Keep up the good work, definitely seeing progress in your paintings.
Thanks man, I appreciate it and will definitely start adding the shadow from now on, it normally always tends to look bad though lol.
You still seem to miss the full rang of values in your studies. If you see all the values from white to black, as a 0-10 scale. You touch not even half of it. Using everything from near white to near black (don't use pure white and black, they hardly ever appear in the real world) will really make your forms pop out alot more.
An easy way to see the difference is take a few of your studies, and do a level adjust on them in photoshop to extend the rang of values used.
Like this you should have much nicer contrasts.
But keep it up, you've allready improved alot.
Had to upload something, but this is a WIP.
topcross, I totally get what you mean about having more contrasts in values will make an object stand out more, and I have tried adjusting the levels and contrasts tool in photoshop, my only probably is that I'm confused about local value in an object, for example, if you look at a pillow compared to a black cat, the shadows on the pillow will only be around 50% grey whereas the highlights on the cat will be about 50% grey depending on the lighting conditions. If anyone has the time to explain this it would be really appreciated and sorry for the novel lol.
Environment sketch I'm working on.
quick metal study
The lighting seem very strange in your last study, two brighter areas would suggest two light sources, and thus two shadows. Unless the darker area between the two brighter ones is the shadow of another object, if that's the case the drop shadow is off.
yep, I think it was two light sources but the second cast shadow was barely visible because it was behind the metal.
Hmm. Maybe try practicing with these:
The other ones in that thread aren't as good of examples though.
This is some useful information on hard/soft edges (both of which are pretty important)
And here are some REALLY useful books for free viewing online on anatomy:
thx rainingdarkness I'll have a look at them
metal study 2, looks bad but I think I learned what I needed to know.
character guy developed, need to do some 360 sketches of him, and I know I've been slacking lately but I've been sick, but have been sketching in my sketchbook so I'll probably upload some of that.
some donut shaped thing, btw wanna do a self portrait soon, cus I wanna make it a thing to do one every few months and see my progress through them.
Another painting practice, I was really trying to shape my strokes to the form on this one, think it was kinda successful but i dunno.
portrait speed painting, can't spend anymore time on it now so I'll probably finish it tomorrow
You're posting a ton of stuff, trying just doing much longer, more accurate studies. The moment you feel like stopping just spend at least another hour. Be sure to also apply everything you do a study of, from your imagination afterwards without peeking at the study or the reference. This will really help you translate the information you learned to creating illustrations. Thats whats helped me get to where I am, best of luck!
Thanks for the advice man, since I started this sketchbook I have been rushing my stuff a lot whether I was happy with it or not, kind of a relief for someone to say take extra time on it and I will definitely put more time into my studies from now on.
might work on this one more, for example the t shirt needs rendering way more and I might practice colouring it.
female torso study I'm working on, I also have some sketches I did for the proportion and shape which I'll upload later. p.s reflected light is a bitch.
an update of the female torso and a female portrait Wip
Doing good, I do notice that you still seem to not use a big range of values, which makes everything look a bit washed. To show you what I mean putt your last piece in photoshop and adjusted the levels.
Let me know if you want me to remove this again, don't want to be posting in someone elses sketchbook unless they are fine with it.
No man you can leave it there, and I totally know what you mean since I've been doing the portraits that I haven't been getting enough of a range in my values, will definitely be looking out for it in my future work.
really not happy with how this one is turning out, don't think I'll do anymore to it.
my sketchbook- http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...=235313&page=3