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Speculart
04-29-2006, 01:34 AM
Yeah you've seen it before but trying to learn stuff. Any crits/advice would be very good.
http://www.dudleybirch.com/sijun/plainscastle.jpg
plan was to do a mock up and then paint that. But I got carried away.

zoki
04-29-2006, 07:32 AM
sure we all saw this but still in my memory this flying -levitating castles are one of the most beautifull ideas
i especially like Miyazakis Laputa-castle in the sky!
it awesome
for the painting I think the big problem is composition and format
aerial perspective is very good and light also
z

FES
04-29-2006, 11:07 AM
I really like the concept of this piece. Floating trees, castles and cities are just awesome. I think a wide format would suit this better with a better composition. However, if your set on the vertical arrangement, I would suggest doing something more in the background. Other then that good job so far!!! :)

Speculart
04-29-2006, 06:33 PM
Agreed a wide screen it is! thanks!

Speculart
04-30-2006, 06:07 AM
update.
http://www.dudleybirch.com/sijun/plainscastle2.jpg

Tightpantsarecool
04-30-2006, 08:21 AM
That looks cool. What did you do to get the land like it is, and "disappear"?

Speculart
04-30-2006, 09:16 AM
The colours are totally out of wack on this, must be my monitor.
By 'dissapear' do you mean recede into the distance? That is aerial (spelling?) perspective. Can easily be done by taking a brush with some of the sky colour and laying it thinly over the horizon then mess around with the opacity.
Hope thats what you meant Tightpants

Tightpantsarecool
04-30-2006, 09:45 AM
Yes, that helps too; thanks. But, I meant how did you get the ground under the castles to disappear? As if it were floating.

Speculart
04-30-2006, 10:44 AM
Get a picture of rock faces and use the stamp tool to make the shape. Use the natural directions of the rock to your advantage. I built the castles the same way mixing and matching different buildings. Once you have the castle looking ok and all the different bits of it colour matched so they blend together, and you have the rocks, do a multiply layer for the shadow of it and presto...awestruck wonder! Go to it.

Did a little update on that last one.

Tightpantsarecool
04-30-2006, 10:51 AM
Okay, thanks. I'll work on that.

Noel B
05-01-2006, 05:02 AM
I'd have to say I'm a big fan of the first picture/ The warm colors are great!

The foreground building in the 2nd picture is unbalanced or "a skew" in my humble opinion I would stick with the first picture and tweak it a bit cause it looked pretty darn good.....

This a cool idea Roger Dean a great fantasy artist/architect from the 60's to present day(did all the YES album covers) painted this sort of topic.... http://www.rogerdean.com

Heres a sample of what I mean..... he is a great source of inspiration for all of use who like to dream and have the ability to get them down onto paper/computer.

This is one of my favs of roger dean
http://www.rogerdean.com/images/FlightsOfIcarus600.jpg

Speculart
05-01-2006, 06:15 AM
yeah been looking at that for a while wondering if it is 'quaint' but I think its pissing me of too. I will change it. Thanks noel. Hey nice work.

FES
05-01-2006, 07:53 AM
Definitely like the widescreen effect now :).

Speculart
05-01-2006, 08:47 AM
Thanks Fes, yeah I think it works better now thanks for the help.
Still worried about the foreground castle. Its tone maybe. Does anyone have any ideas to make the castle come forward but without so much contrast burn? I have warmed it up a little but it still isnt sitting right.