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Learning to Digitally Paint
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Kristian Nee
Trying to learn to digitally paint. Quick studies from photos, doodles, and some master studies
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Alec Brubaker
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mac hewitt
Hey Kristian, Those studies are looking nice. I have a few suggestions that might help to take these to the next level. First off, the easiest one is to make the background color and middle value. Having it white takes away from the highlights. I like to find a point of interest within the image then design the background to provide that area with the most constant. If its within the light, i will darken the background around that area. If the point of interest is dark, i will lighten up that area. I would also have the background value become closer to the subjects value in areas I want attention to be lessened. It doesn’t take very long and can really help make the image clearer as well as the areas that can be improved clearer. Ive attached an example of what I’m talking about. Secondly, i think adding more clarity and variety to your edges could really do wonders. I find in digital works people tend to not change the characteristics of their edges as much as their traditional works due to it being more time consuming. Characteristics such as softness, and taper etc. Some times you use thin lines when I don’t think necessary. Hope this helps and look forward to seeing how you evolve as an artist.
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James Doane
Nice work!! I assume you come from a traditional art background. I did too. I have done graphite, charcoal, pastel, oil, acrylic among others. I had studied art for years! Switching to digital was hard at first... almost like starting over. I actually love working digital now, but there is a steep learning curve. Keep at it... you are doing awesome!!
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Kristian Nee
I do! The transition has been a bit of a struggle, but it's been fun! Thanks for the kind words!
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Gabriel Kahn
I love them. Don't be afraid of relying more on hard edges. It might just be my personal taste, but the cleaner, airbrushy look always looks better in traditional than in digital.
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John B
These are great man!
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Alex Otis
Very Cool! im working on digital painting too, I really like the last portrait!
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Stan Prokopenko
The Yoni studies look like really good value sketches, but need more finesse to take them to a finish. Same with the Hale study it needs those juicy details from the original painting. The two female portraits are really nice!
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Kristian Nee
Thanks Stan! I definitely need to get better at finishing images, and I am pretty proud of the two portraits!
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Charlie Nicholson
these look really good, love the expression on the guy with the goggles.
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Kristian Nee
Thanks Charlie!
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