So I'm beginning my painting career. I know I've got a long way to get to the level I want to be out. This is pretty much my first painting. Hopefully I'll have a lot of little paintings coming your way.
I know it's pretty weak, and there's a lot to fix. Critiques are welcome.
Painted in photoshop, about 3 hours.
There are technical flaws. Which by no means makes this any less beautiful.
My suggestions would be to soften your detail lines.... so it's an easier transition of color and shape. Perhaps add a bit of of depth to the color of the sky.... to make the planets in the background pop. If you were able to reproduce this picture... but with softer detail lines and added depth in the sky, you'd see the difference. It's just a technical issue.
Your color use is fantastic. they are real colors for the terrain. Including the highlights, which makes for a realistic picture. For your first painting though, thisi s absolutely fantastic. Keep up the great work!
Well thank you.
I really only spent about 5 minutes on the clouds. They were one of the last things I added. I'm familiar with drawing clouds from my nebula paintings so I really didn't focus on them too much here. But I'll eventually be drifting more towards the styling's of this man he is a master of the clouds.
I have watched some of Noah Bradley's stuff, he's really good. I've been watching a lot of drawing videos lately, it's how I learn best as well, along with actually doing some drawing.
I know my water is weak, its something I've always had trouble with. I've got a plan to do this sort of "365 days to digital painting mastery" like thing. I've written up a list of all the things I need to work on. Textures, buildings, landscape, etc. My goal is to do some sort of painting everyday for a year. Some small focusing on particular elements, like drawing cloth and other things. Then I want to set bigger projects for my self, stuff to include the elements I've been working on. Now generally I'm not a very motivated person so we'll see how far I actually get into this project.
But it's definitely something I need to do if I want to keep improving as an artist and do big things.
I really appreciate you taking the time to comment, I wish more people would.
Well thank you. I haven't seen those videos, I'll have to check them out. I've been watching a lot of drawing videos on Youtube lately so I'll just add that to the list.
Thank you so much. I know exactly what you mean about the mid ground lacking detail. I struggled with defining my land shapes with proper atmospheric perspective. I meant to cover it up some sort of plant life but It appears I forgot. Unfortunately, while trying to flatten the image on separate layer, I accidently flattened the entire image and then continued to paint and save without noticing. So, I've lost all my layers in this piece, and it would be a huge pain to go back and add some detail. Oh, well. I'll learn to do it at some point.
Yeah, I guess I started out with dull colors and anything vibrant I put in looked off. When I get the hang of painting, you know my colors will be shining. Also, im gonna sci fi/alien landscapes left and right. I just want to get real world stuff down before I go make things up, it'll make them much more believable.