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2D & 3D / [Digital Painting] "Life" Composition
« on: November 29, 2015, 10:24:21 pm »
Hey everyone,

Some context: I've been working on a digital painting assignment that asks for a composition conveying the theme of "life," whether through a nostalgic childhood scene or a picture showing the passage of time, or what have you. I think I have the concept nailed down okay (apologies for the roughness), but I really want to push the realism in this piece. My main qualms in that regard are texture and anatomy. To elaborate on those points:

-I'm not satisfied with the texture in my last few (digital) paintings because I relied on the same default PS brush too much, to the point where everything looked like it was made of the same stuff. That said, I don't know where or how to begin when branching out with textures. Do I just grab any brush that "feels" right for the material and go with it?

-As far as anatomy, I feel like the man's shoulders don't connect to his body right, and I'm worried about proportions, too. Sometimes some body parts, like their heads, look way too big or small. (Which is why I should spend more time actually drawing people, ugh.)

Any thoughts would be much appreciated!

Edit 12/1/15: Small update. Experimenting with brushes/textures and color, and trying to fix some facial anatomy. Going to color the man and daughter eventually as well.

Pixel Art / [WIP][C+C]The Modern Prometheus
« on: June 15, 2014, 02:04:19 am »
Hello all! I've been lurking around here on and off for some time at this point, but, until now, I haven't posted any of my doodles for critique. So, since I'm running into some roadblocks on this current piece and because some opinions besides my own are probably long overdue, I thought I'd post this. Critique would be much appreciated!  :)

If you're curious about the context in which I pixelled this, here's some background: I started this as a school project a few years ago (the task being to create a poster of a hypothetical new movie adaptation of Frankenstein). The text came from Mary Shelley's alternative title to the book, which was a reference to the Greek titan Prometheus. The three characters portrayed are the creature/Frankenstein's monster, Victor Frankenstein, and Elizabeth. The palette I'm using is 6 colors, and, though I have no specific purpose for this piece, I'd be reluctant to change the count at this point. My original references were this and this, though I have not been consulting the former very closely recently.

Needless to say, the project has evolved quit a bit since its beginning, but the whole thing is still pretty unrefined. Some specific problem areas/unfinished sections, as I see them, are as follows:

-The creature's forehead and some other spots have banding that needs cleaning up.

-Victor needs a lot more work yet, and I'm unsure if and how I could improve the anatomy of all three. Elizabeth was bound to have exaggerated features just because I didn't use as much space on her, but I feel like the other two could be more realistic.

-I've yet to devote a lot of attention to the border besides a few unsuccessful scribbles, and the text, especially "Prometheus," could do with revising and/or polishing.

-I'm iffy about the composition and how well the image flows (notably on how I could improve the placement of Elizabeth in the top right).

There are probably a lot of other things I either forget or am just completely missing, but most likely I've already drowned you in my ramblings (sorry), so I'll stop. :ouch: Once again, feedback would be much appreciated (edits are more than welcome as well!).  :)

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