Creative Block - Making an Image more Interesting

  • Hey @Di07! I think the piece improved already pretty much. However, I find Damiens @Damien-Rambacher draw over still a bit more speaking, because Red is smaller compared to the wolf and has to look up to him. Therefore her body language shows a bit more of her fear than in your version. That is particularly important because you can not transport emotions via her face. Maybe that helps... Nice job!

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    I like the dark contrast between the lack wolf and the yellow eyes and the bright red cloak on the top one. What bothers me a little is the lack of ground to step on, they seem to be floating a bit and even if it's supposed to be foggy or misty, it seems like you might show the ground under the feet a little more. The background and foreground seem to be on the same plane so, something to show that they are standing on something in the foreground would be helpful, I think. I really like it. I like it more than the revision, myself but they are both good. Maybe just a matter of taste 🙂

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    @Marsha-Kay-Ottum-Owen Correction, the foreground and background do not look like they are on the same plane. I think it's just that the feet and the red riding hood need a shadow under it or something...what do I know? 🙂

  • @Damien-Rambacher Thank you 🙂

  • @Jana I agree totally, i had her smaller and then i think after hours of staring at it i decided to make her larger no sure why!! 😃 I will change her back

  • @Marsha-Kay-Ottum-Owen Thank you for the feedback and yes , I noticed that and was struggling with how to put it in seamlessly , i thought the fog would help, clearly it didn't :D. Back to the drawing board.

    I appreciate everyone's input the only way I am going to learn and get better so thank you 🙂

  • @Di07 Looking great! I think you are making tons of improvement. The wolf definitely gives you more "shivers" in your recent posting. Sorry I didn't respond sooner. This is the first time I have been able to log in for a while. You are doing great! Can't wait to see the final piece.

  • @Leslie-Walker Not a problem I m just so grateful for all the advice and tips from you all! Ok here it is I think, @Jana and @Marsha-Kay-Ottum-Owen I tried to take on board your great advice hopeful they all look much less floaty! :D![alt text](0_1463899905673_Wolf_svs.jpg image url)

  • I am just learning myself, but I think this would benefit greatly from an established light source... maybe red could be holding a lantern or a torch... I take it that is the moon behind, that would cast a shadow in front of the legs and onto red... I think someone better at lighting could help you more... cool wolf!

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    @Di07 Yes. Less floaty 🙂 The little wolves in the background really help, I think.

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    I agree on the light source, it looks like it is coming from all directions right now. If your light is coming from the back then the wolf would be more of a silhouette. Unless there was some sort of secondary light coming from the front. If that is the case the head would not have as many highlights on it. The front right leg looks to be behind the body cause the direction of the fur stops right were that leg starts. Maybe carry the fur into the leg to make it more flowing.

  • @Russ-Van-Dine I like the idea of the lantern or tourch, do struggle with lighting sometimes so thank you 🙂

  • @Marsha-Kay-Ottum-Owen excellent ! 🙂

  • @Chip-Valecek that is great advice, I've made notes of it all! Was saying earlier I do struggle with lighting sometimes , so having some guidance on how it should be is fantastic.

    By way checked out your portfolio ! Great work absolutely love Elephant kisses and Gizome 😃

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    @Di07 thanks for the kind words. I can't wait to see this finished. I once did a piece similar where Little Red Riding hood was riding on the wolfs back like a horse. It was one of my first digital art pieces. Its amazing to look back at some of my first pieces to what I can do now. And I am sure in a few years I will be saying the same about the pieces I am working on now.

  • @Chip-Valecek @Marsha-Kay-Ottum-Owen @Russ-Van-Dine Ok taking on board all of your advice here we go !

    @Chip-Valecek would love to see your take on little Red Riding hood, sometimes I wonder if all the practicing will ever get me an improved stage! 🙂0_1464486987833_Mergedwol08.jpg

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    @Di07 its looking good. I hope you don't mind but I did a quick paint over to show some of the things I think would help. I moved Red over to the right so it looks like the wolf is looking at her. I also bumped up the light on the focal point and dimmed down the light from the top. It helps keep your eye in one place. 0_1464496232339_paintover.jpg

  • @Chip-Valecek I don't mind at all!! That looks great, I am going to try that, thank you so much!!!

  • SVS Team SVS Instructor Pro SVS OG

    This is a tricky one and I commend you for sticking with it and working it out.

    I have a couple of suggestions if you don't mind. The first is that you may want to take a look at your process. Finishing a painting and then trying to figure out how to make it work is the hardest way to go about this. I would like to encourage you to spend more time on the front end playing with many sketches that vary the layout, pose, values, etc. This way you can really get it worked out and make your process simpler. Painting is hard enough as it is and trying to correct composition, pose, and value during the paint stage is very difficult. Even for pros!

    In my opinion, I think the real struggle you are having is composition. Your are working in an almost square format which is hard to make dynamic. Then, all your characters are taking up all the space and barely fitting in the composition. You haven't given yourself enough room to play around with the composition.

    I did a quick layout sketch here. I included a few foreground trees to give me something to work with, then tried to make a more dynamic pose for the wolf. No need to use it if you don't want to. The point is playing with many drawings like this and working out what you need. Get it where you really like it at the layout stage. These sketches can be fast and you will get much faster even still. This only took about 5 minutes and you can do a bunch of them. Then post to get comments and adjust. Get your value and color studies working and then the actual painting is the easy part. : )

    Let me know if you have any questions at all that I can help out with. : )

    Good luck!

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  • SVS Team SVS OG

    @Lee-White 5 mintues for Lee = 5 hours for me LOL. I really love how the wolf is peaking around the corner like that. Add some drool with the light bouncing off of it and it would look awesome.

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