@nasvikdraws Right on! I totally understand that impulse to "not go further". I often could use a kick in the pants myself, because it seems like we can always go further.
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RE: Composition Study (Creative Composition class)
RE: Help! Question about future pathways
Hi @chrisaakins It's awesome that you have a plan in place and that you have this opportunity to look ahead to your next career. Kudos on thinking about it now while you have time to explore!
Taking all of my advice with a grain of salt, because I'm somewhat in the same position (not ready to retire yet, but constantly questioning which path to take).
First, I think it's possible to do both, you see people do it all the time. But often, I believe, they start with a focus on one thing, then the second or third path are expansions on that first thing.
In my own experience, I have found that by not focusing on one thing at a time, things take way longer, which is not necessarily bad if what you want is to play and have fun and explore. But if you want to make it a second career as you say, and you want to build a decent sized audience, and make some money at it, it will go faster if you focus on one thing at a time. That's not to say you can't continue to do the other thing, but if you do both at the same time.
Again, that's just what I've seen from my own personal experience, and I would love to hear other people's thoughts on the subject.
Thank you for posing this thoughtful question, and I look forward to hearing how your decision making process goes!
RE: Composition Study (Creative Composition class)
Nice work! @nasvikdraws. I haven't done the Creative Composition class, so unfortunately I'm not familiar with the assignment, but the one note I will offer is, in your value study at the bottom, it might be cool to try some different variations on that. ie just continue the exploration to see how it feels different with different light and dark areas. These can be super quick, just don't even worry about trying to shade and get form, but just big blocks of color. I was looking at your Inktober drawings on instagram, those have such a nice strong contrast of light and dark, and I think it might be useful to do something closer to that here (not necessarily black and white, but just using 2 or 3 colors and not even worrying about gradients). The reason for that is that a. it's quick so you can try and see different versions and pick the one you like best, and b. it helps you get into the mindset of creating big, simple fields of value, which will help you create a stronger composition when you get into the final painting.
Looking forward to see where you take this with the newly found time on your hands!
RE: Keeping it loose in digital.
Hi @Laurel-Aylesworth. I know what you mean, it seems like the two should be similar, but they really can feel so different. It might be helpful to see what you're talking about, ie if you could post some examples.
For me, I don't have a cintiq yet, so drawing with a tablet and having that disconnect between what I'm drawing and where my hand is absolutely gives me less control, which makes it harder if not impossible to be as loose yet accurate as I am with pencil and paper. What happens for me is, because of this loss of control, I end up zoning in on specific areas and tend more to overwork them than I would with pencil on paper.
Another thing that has helped me a little bit is just doing more warm ups. This is useful for me in general, but especially working on the tablet, because I need to accustom myself to the feel of it and get a sense of what strokes work and what just feels awkward again.
Thirdly, I have experimented with different brushes a bit and have found that if you can find one that has a little bit of randomness and texture, something like one that emulates a pencil, that can help a lot. The basic smooth round brush, because it's so clean, can really accentuate any imperfections in the line, especially if you're trying to get a more hand drawn type of feel.
Fourth, I recently discovered the smoothing setting for photoshop brushes, and that has helped tremendously in getting nice curves and smooth lines. You might want to take some time to play around with that on your brushes and see if you can find a setting that helps.
Finally, I think a lot of it for me has also just been getting more mileage with my tablet in photoshop. It really is a different medium, and I think it's a bit deceptive because it looks and feels like it should be just like a pencil on paper. But the more I do it, the more fluid I can get. I don't know if it will ever be exactly like what I can make with a pencil and paper, but I definitely feel more capable of giving things a sense of liveliness that I couldn't before.
Hope that helps!
RE: Rob Gale's Sketchbook
@lady-chamomile Thanks for the feedback! I totally see what you mean about the character not popping... he kind of fades in to the background. It's so easy to get caught up on the details and lose sight of these kinds of things! I really like your comment as well about adding more atmospheric effects like strong winds or stormy clouds. It would tell more of a story, I find that I often tend to veer toward the static and can definitely push the drama more.
RE: Looking for Feedback on a WIP Digital Painting
@justinmoss Thanks! I like hearing how you are seeing a different "story" in each one. I'll have to think about that a bit more, what the story is I am more interested in telling here.
I agree about what you're saying about his face popping out in the first one. I wasn't sure if it felt weirdly like it was floating in this sea of darkness. Of course there are ways of fixing that with lighting and what not. And I do like the stronger line of action in the second one. Again, I guess it comes back to what story I want to try to tell with this.
Thanks again for your thoughts! I really appreciate you taking the time to have a look and let me know.
@Art-of-B Thanks for the feedback! It's always cool to see how different people react.
@Zombie-Rhythm Thanks for your thoughts. I totally see what you mean about the perspective. I will have to go in and really try and work that out. I definitely appreciate the technical details and your photographer's eye on this! And you just may see some spaghetti western work coming up as well. I'm such a sucker for that stuff. Thanks again!