So after a lot of noodling and the result, that you can see below, I decided to do some studies.
The first is a portrait - sketch, following Chris Legaspi's youtube video, the second and third are something I haven't tried before. Instead of doing a seperate painting of a photo, I simply enlarged the composition and added elements to fill the empty spaces again. I did it to a level, where I was happy with the result, at the moment. I then used what I learned and applied it back into the painting.
So this is where I am at currently. I will work on it more and do some studies for the clothing and anatomy, that I am not understanding.
My take-away is this: doing themed studies to solve certain problems is way more helpful, than just copying some random image, because there is a schedule suggesting it, or someone else said you should do it.
I hope this helps you to solve your visual problems. :)
After doing some client work, I wanted to get back to my study-habit.
I worked on this for a couple of hours, felt like it takes way too long. And it didn't happen 'til the end, that I found out it makes sense to paint from dark to light, when adding those patches of forest on the mountain.
I like how the waves turned out and doing the drawing was quite fun as well.
I still need to find a good way, to portray the closer trees. Maybe using a foliage brush might help, but I am not to fond of those. They look very stiff and mechanic to me.
After doing a ton of work for Ulisses that I can't show, I wanted to do something for myself again.
So I joined the art-challange from the "Swatches" - facebook group. We are to paint a planeswalker - like illustration. The AD is Clint Cearley, who is a Magic The Gathering artist himself.
I couldn't let this opportunity go by unused. To have him look at my work is invaluable.
So here it goes.
Moodboard - Design and Pose Sketches - Value Sketches - Drawing
Next would be color - sketches and then rendering.
Deadline is 10 of July.
I did another spit-paint, which is a painting that is supposed to be done under 30min. It took me longer so I can't post it in the facebook-group or else I will be banned. So I just post it here. The topic was "goat bodyguard". I used 3 differente reference images for this.
I tried to stay lose and just suggest at the realism.
Hope you like it.
A digital figure painting, to get better at workflow and values.
Sorry, but I forgot where I found the ref.
Painting trees is hard, but I feel like I am getting better.
Using hard edges seems to give a better result, than keeping things soft. Some of the studies suffer from lack of focal area though. It is an interesting balance, I have yet to understand and use better.
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