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Forum: Work in Progress 03-20-2008, 05:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,346
Posted By Dark Matter
Wow, very nice so far! What stands out to me...

Wow, very nice so far!

What stands out to me in regards to the water is the reflectivity. First, I can't see the mountains in it (there are subtle reflections in the original plate's water.)

I...
Forum: Work in Progress 03-17-2008, 09:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,005
Posted By Dark Matter
Hello Nigel, I really like the daylight...

Hello Nigel,

I really like the daylight mountain sketch. The composition, colors, and lighting are all exceptional on that one!

About the city...what bugs me about it are the colors: they look...
Forum: Work in Progress 03-01-2008, 07:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,002
Posted By Dark Matter
I love the colors, composition (vertical, very...

I love the colors, composition (vertical, very interesting), and detail.
Did you use any photos in there or is this completely painted?

The only criticism I have is the spagetthi line vs. hyper...
Forum: Work in Progress 03-01-2008, 07:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,547
Posted By Dark Matter
Your understanding of color and light are...

Your understanding of color and light are dead-accurate. The painted strokes and photography blend very nicely on both the background and foreground mountains. The monk in the foreground (although...
Forum: Work in Progress 02-27-2008, 01:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,457
Posted By Dark Matter
Haha! Very Dylan Cole-looking. I like the...

Haha! Very Dylan Cole-looking.

I like the opening in the clouds with the sunset. It really draws the eye. In fact, I think the whole composition is laid out rather well. :)

Angus
Forum: Work in Progress 02-27-2008, 01:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,442
Posted By Dark Matter
Interesting composition. I Like how you've...

Interesting composition. I Like how you've juxtaposed the close-up road and wall with the circus on the cliffs. The mixture of fantasy and believability works well! The overall desaturated color...
Forum: Work in Progress 02-26-2008, 08:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,078
Posted By Dark Matter
I agree, skies are awsome!! 8) However,...

I agree, skies are awsome!! 8)

However, this composition looks a little unreadable. The upper right cloud texture looks interesting...but, at the same time it looks odd. :?

The angle of the...
Forum: Articles 02-18-2008, 05:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,921
Posted By Dark Matter
I see. One more question: Is there a proper...

I see. One more question: Is there a proper "left-handed/right-handed" angle to a palette knife in photoshop? I see different tutorials using different angles.

Angus
Forum: Articles 02-18-2008, 05:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,921
Posted By Dark Matter
Xdreamer79 -- Thanks for the link. So, are...

Xdreamer79 -- Thanks for the link.

So, are palette knives exclusive to oil painting? What (in traditional painting) is the benefit of using a palette knife instead of a brush?

Thanks for your...
Forum: Articles 02-18-2008, 10:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,921
Posted By Dark Matter
What exactly is a palette knife? I've heard them...

What exactly is a palette knife? I've heard them mentioned in school, too.
Forum: Articles 02-17-2008, 08:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,921
Posted By Dark Matter
Ah ha! That solves my problem with textures...

Ah ha! That solves my problem with textures Da_Elf. I always keep the spacing meter at or near minimum--making all my strokes come out smooth even if I'm using an irregularly shaped brush.

I'll be...
Forum: Articles 02-16-2008, 12:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,921
Posted By Dark Matter
Okay, that does make sense. Thank you! ...

Okay, that does make sense.

Thank you!
Angus
Forum: Articles 02-13-2008, 09:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,921
Posted By Dark Matter
Brush Shapes...

Hello,

I've been wondering about this for so long I just had to ask. When sketching in Photoshop, I see alot of people using irregularly shaped brushes. Is there an advantage to using these...
Forum: General Discussions 02-13-2008, 09:12 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 24,695
Posted By Dark Matter
Well, as one more newbie here... Anything...

Well, as one more newbie here...

Anything dealing with the fundamentals of drawing/painting would still be quite valuable to me. I don't know how much you've covered in your previous lectures--I...
Forum: Work in Progress 02-12-2008, 09:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,772
Posted By Dark Matter
Wow, that looks ALL painted! How long did it...

Wow, that looks ALL painted! How long did it take? What was your working resolution?

I like the mood! Some of the perspective looks off though; as well as the level of brightness on that top left...
Forum: Work in Progress 02-02-2008, 08:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,592
Posted By Dark Matter
The backlighting on the clouds and statues really...

The backlighting on the clouds and statues really did alot!

I think the contrast between the taller statue on the right and the cathedral behind it could be pushed a few...

(my two cents)
Angus
Forum: Work in Progress 02-01-2008, 12:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,986
Posted By Dark Matter
RiKToR, Is this project specifically a forum...

RiKToR,

Is this project specifically a forum only? Or is there a website, etc..? I'd love to get in on this, too!

Angus
Forum: Work in Progress 01-28-2008, 06:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,092
Posted By Dark Matter
That was quick! Hmm...you know, maybe what's...

That was quick!

Hmm...you know, maybe what's bugging me has to do more with the perspective. If you want to keep pushing this matte, I'd say to lay down some perspective lines and make sure all...
Forum: Work in Progress 01-28-2008, 06:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,365
Posted By Dark Matter
Nice, the image quality looks pretty good...clean...

Nice, the image quality looks pretty good...clean lines, too.

One comment I would make; make sure to keep the distance between your clone source and where you actually paint the clone. This will...
Forum: Work in Progress 01-26-2008, 02:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,365
Posted By Dark Matter
Hey Zeronex, The plate's showing up but not...

Hey Zeronex,

The plate's showing up but not the matte. Is this just my computer? Try checking the link...

:wink:
Angus
Forum: Work in Progress 01-26-2008, 02:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,092
Posted By Dark Matter
I think you made the right decision; this is...

I think you made the right decision; this is looking very good. You've built a strong color scheme and there is some story going on here.

My only complaint is the composition. My eyes don't have...
Forum: Work in Progress 01-19-2008, 08:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,152
Posted By Dark Matter
Hey narfboy, I like the concept. Right now...

Hey narfboy,

I like the concept. Right now though, I think the "castle" not differentiated enough from the rest of the painting; it's not as noticable.

Also, I'm not certain what the scale is....
Forum: Work in Progress 01-10-2008, 12:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,193
Posted By Dark Matter
Wow, this is definitely your best work yet! The...

Wow, this is definitely your best work yet! The image quality is also very good.

Some things that may help make the shot more convincing:

There looks like several perspectives are going on...
Forum: Work in Progress 01-09-2008, 07:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,148
Posted By Dark Matter
Hey karmadesigner, I'm having trouble...

Hey karmadesigner,

I'm having trouble getting the link to load. Maybe it's just my computer. Anyone else having trouble?

Angus
Forum: Work in Progress 01-09-2008, 06:56 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,041
Posted By Dark Matter
Sweet! I really like the lighting and the color...

Sweet! I really like the lighting and the color on this one. I'd say it looks fine flipped like this. But can you post the opposite?

Also, (and this is just my opinion) I think you could push...
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