Zachary Rains
Zachary Rains
Cairns, Australia
Just doing what I did in kindergarten
oliver lindenskov
This looks nice. I especially like the way you created a tension in the neck-area! :)) as for Lighting / shading, I think you could use the brightest white and the darkest darks a bit more sparingly (save it for some of the more important areas like the head for example). If you keep the contrast in the important areas and leave it out of, say, the background you will create a more atmospheric composition and separate the background from the foreground. I admire your dedication to details in the ribcage, and it does look cool. If you want it to look more round or give it more form, I would make sure the simplest version of the form (an egg) feels round and then add the details. Good job, and great creativity :))
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Zachary Rains
Thanks, think the tension in the neck is my favourite part :) I can get a bit carried away with creating contrast details, i have too much fun hah. Guess i have to learn to restrain myself a bit and be a bit more sparing in my placement. Cheers for the feedback, i really appreciate it :)
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Tony
Duuude, this looks so cool! I really like art that sparks my imagination and I’m already imagining so many cool ideas of what’s going on and where they’re going. As far as lighting goes (and keep in mind I’m new so you can totally ignore this if you disagree), I think it might help give it more depth if you consider the lighting for larger sections of the form. So for example, if we look at the ribs area, each rib has lighting and shading on it and it looks cool, but if you look at the whole rib cage area from the clavicle to the bottom of the rib cage, the light value doesn’t really change, so as a whole it can seem a bit flat, even though individually, the ribs have light and shadow. Again, I might be totally off with this, but either way, I reeeeeally enjoy your style and I find your work inspiring so thanks for sharing it!
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Zachary Rains
Cheers Tony, love to inspire others more than anything! Yeah, you're right, i kinda got bogged down in shading all the details of the ribs, that i forgot to look at the shape as a whole. Really appreciate the feedback man, and i look forward to returning the favour :)
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Serena Marenco
It seems to me that the rendering and shadows work well. Also: great design
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Zachary Rains
Thanks ayy :)
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Sonja Müller
I like the piece a lot. I think idea and composition are wonderful. I am not an expert for realistic lighting, so these are just some beginners thoughts. I think your shading is very good for bringing the foms out and the texture. The direction of the light is generally clear. I think you ignored the bouncing light a bit. I might be wrong, but because the ground is so light and flat and it seems to be straigth daylight there should be a lot of bouncing light, for example it might light the botton of the head piece more and underneath the jaw. I might be wrong though, just my own practice to get an eye for light and shadow. And one tiny thing, there are some small places where some rays would shine through the bones and make light spots on the body underneath (ribs). Besides that I only think chosing a different light source that not just baths everything in light but creates more interesting shadows could be a fun pratice. The art is awesome, it totally works as it is!
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Zachary Rains
Thanks, I'm glad you like it :) I think you're right about the bounce light. I was making this piece up as I went along, and didn't do the background until last. Completely forgot to account for the light reflecting off of the ground. Bit of an oversight, but i guess ill put in bit more planning next time hahah. Cheers for the feedback, really appreciate it :)
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Zachary Rains
Throughout my art journey, I've always learnt passively, mostly through observing other artists, and experimenting. However more recently, I've been taking a more active approach to learning. Through reading books and watching other artists on youtube. The first area I've decided to read up on is lighting and shading. I've been using toned paper to pay extra attention to where I'm dropping my highlights. I would love to hear your feedback for my most recent piece. Not just on lighting and shading, but also on any other areas I should focus on improving :) Also any resources and book recommendations are more than welcome. I've started on reading Burne Hogarth's Dynamic Light and Shade.
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Zachary Rains
I'd have to say my favourite is Zdzisław Beksiński. I've always been obsessed with rendering textures and little details for my eyes to get lost in, and I think his work truely encapsulates everything i love about that. There's something about his work that really speaks to me to a degree that i haven't felt elsewhere. The colour pallet and compositions of these vast hellscapes really make you feel small, like a child in a nightmare.
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Zachary Rains
Hello there :) my name is Zach and I'm from Australia. So cool to see so many skilled artists in here, really looking forward to getting to know everyone and their work. I think it's invaluable to be able to connect to other artists, to learn from and inspire each other. I love to draw all sorts of subject matter, usually of a more macabre nature. I mostly work traditionally and enjoy working in graphite or ink. I always find myself getting lost in doing little details and gritty textures. In the last few months I've started colouring my work digitally. So I'd love to learn all that I can from some digital artists :) Even though I've been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil, sharing my work has been a recent development (especially to an online audience). It really has been an eye opener for me, how kind and supportive other artists are. I guess we are all in the same boat Here are a few of my pieces :)
Scholar Green Variant
DemonSlayer 1
Jellyfish coloured
Bulky frog Red version
Rebirth hq (2)
Dreams
Conscious Decay
Through the Window edit
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