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Moogle
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 5:22 pm     Reply with quote
As a lifelong pencil sketcher, I'm trying to get a grasp on finally using some color via painting in photoshop. I've been a lurker here for a few years and an admirer of the work of the many skilled CG painters who frequent this forum, so I recognize the need to vastly improve my understanding and execution of color in different lighting. Heh, of course the things I think of to paint keep being these unusual lighting situations. Maybe not the best choices for trying to learn the fundamentals... (or for finding reference, grrr) but I can't really keep myself from picturing things and wanting to try to make them the way I visualize them. I'm hoping I'm making progress but I will eagerly accept brutal criticism in order to make better progress.

So, please have a judgemental look.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 7:34 pm     Reply with quote
the color in the bg is too intense, tone it down.
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Moogle
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 8:24 pm     Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 9:56 am     Reply with quote
Just wanted to update with current result, now that I've spent alot more time on this.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 1:08 pm     Reply with quote
looking pretty good so far. Just remember to touch the other items as you're doing the figure. The figure looks great but the cloak isn't showing any indication of volume within it. Although that may be because you're working on it, the element of the Cloak and how you deal with the background will affect the rest of the image no matter how well you did the figure.

I do think you're doing really well so keep at it and keep us posted.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2006 12:03 am     Reply with quote
Hi there Moogle, welcome to the forums.

I think you need to work less on the details(even though they are nice), and more on fundamental things such as composition, color, and trying to interact the figure with the scene. The scene looks flat, and also awkward because of the image is cut right above her head. Also, do not forget to identify the primary light source, and be consistent with it.

Keep at it!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 1:51 am     Reply with quote
Nice. Some comments on the lightsabre though (I'm a star wars geek).

If you're going for a star wars-esqe lightsabre you make a very common mistake (or maybe you havn't started working on it yet). The core of the sabre is ALWAYS white or very close to white, and then the glow radiates out from the core. Do a google image search. Notice how fake this looks compared to this?

And then you have to consider how the lightsabre should look, and in particular, the glow. There's the new trilogy look, which has a smaller white core and a wider, uniform glow. And there's the old trilogy look, with larger core and smaller, but more intense glow. Personally, I think the old trilogy lightsabres are far superior and look way more real and vibrant. There's also a difference in hues, compare the hues in the image with Luke and the darker hue of the Obi-Wan image. Again, I personally prefer the old trilogy look.

Of course, you could always do a more artistic looking one.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2006 3:14 pm     Reply with quote
I actually like the feel of your first draft, with her lightsaberpointed more down and a little behind her( make it more of a straight line from arm to sabre tip) and her left arm behind her adding that mysterious "whats in my other hand" effect. Her expression should be almost taunting but confident, kind of a "you feel lucky, punk??" not scared like she does in your last update.
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