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Hey guys, I'm in need of more advice. Yall have been super helpful in the past, so, let's get this thing rollin'
Alright, so I've been going towards this style of art that doesn't use any lines. I'm using Photoshop CS3 with pretty much one brush. It's just pressure controlled opacity. This is the third time I've actually applied this method, so, I'm seeing a bunch of mistakes already.
Here's where I see I messed up. For starters I was pretty timid when it came down to laying down some good difference in values. I probably did the spots wrong, too. I just put a layer on top of the main one and laid down some black... The ruffles on the neck were completely new to me. It probably looks more like a bunched up sweatshirt than feathers.
So here's my question. Should I have attempted to go lighter to make the picture 'pop', or should I have gone darker? I had a really hard time finding a deeper, more saturated shade of tan/brown...
I guess it would help to mention that I'm sort of aiming for an older 50s look to art. People like Leyendecker and Rockwell really appeal to me, so, I'm trying to go for their look. I did one practice run before this for color and value, but I sort of disappointed myself this time.
(i'll post the practice to give yall more to crit on) And guys, if you have any tips on how to do this faster... please don't hesitate to share. It feels like I took waaaay too long on this.
So yeah... I'm in the early stages, now's the time to make good habits.
Hey thanks man, I'll give that a shot. I found a neat book called 'anatomy for the artist' by Jeno Barcsay that's chalk full of skinless figures. At first I thought it was a medical book because of all the crazy detail, but I think it'll do just fine for what you're suggesting.
Also, yeah, the whole three dimensionality thing is really pissing me off. I'll work some more on that.