I made this digital painting a couple months ago and it really really bothers me. There is something critically flawed with it and I can't quite analyze it. When I look back at my black and white gesture for this painting it seems ok (at least better than the final result) so I think the picture fails somewhere in the coloring or value application. It just feels like a muddy mess. I don't think I can fix it but I would really appreciate some specific advice so moving forward I don't make the same mistakes again.
Hi Filip! I'm not a pro but hope this helps. Two things I hear Proko say often is, make sure the darkest light is never darker than the lightest shadow and group your values (check out his videos on this). The lack of these may be causing the muddiness in your piece. Also, defining where your light source is coming from helps a lot (even with multiple light sources), one example on your piece is the light hitting the thigh from the top left but not the breasts, inner collar, hands or boots, perspective will help this as well (Plus a good book on this: James Gurney, Colour And Light). Seems like you've done a good job overall, nice work!
Hello, I'm no expert, but composition wise, it's not really easy to read. The eye jumps a bit from a spot to another without much directions. The shapes of the huge statue and her scarf merge in a disturbing way (they're catching the eye of the viewer instead of the girl. The two pikes behind her are also a bit distracting, I think there are too many strong diagonals that don't converge somewhere (the pikes, her rifle, the stones, broken fence). I think the lighting is also a bit off : the main light source seems to come from above and that giant wing would cast a huge shadow upon her and the ground. Maybe you should try to rearrange some of the background elements and define a clear light source. I'd recommend working in black and white thumbnails to see if your silhouettes or the action read well on a very small scale (like the size of the image preview in your post). Working small avoid getting caught up in details. Usually, the focal point of your picture should be were you have the highest level of details and contrast. So here are my two cents on this ^^ Take this with a grain of salt though, I'm also learning :D