Fall - WIP (The battle of leaves)



  • A few updates to the painting. I thought I would try and follow Will's process as he outlines it in the 10 steps to digital painting to see if I can get a process that is a bit more streamlined, my own process is very similar, but I feel like I jump around too much or correct issues that could have been resolved earlier.

    Refined the linework

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    Added tone

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    Color Studies

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    I think I like the middle top one with the back lighting as it's a style I haven't done much and seems to add to the heroic-ness of the character. What are your thoughts?



  • @gary-wilkinson Very nice! I think the top middle one feels very 'autumn'. It's a good choice.



  • @art-of-b i totally agree. That soft warm backlighting really gives off that autom vibe.



  • Slowly getting there, trying to decide on the best way to lighten up the front face of the character, along with a few other bits and pieces. I want the character to be of a dark skin, but finding it tough to balance the colors hitting her from the front as she ends up looking too green. Any advice is appreciated

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  • @gary-wilkinson yesss I love the latest version! You’re really sending big fall vibes! The lighting is gorgeous. I only have one tiny suggestion- maybe a little weight underfoot, on the pile of leaves, to stop it looking like a hill and more of a pile of leaves. Does that make sense? Can’t wait to see it all finished!



  • @gary-wilkinson argh ignore me! I just realised it IS a hill not a pile of leaves πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ Sorry! 😁



  • @gary-wilkinson Awesome! I also like the middle top best.



  • This is awesome. πŸ™‚ I love the pose and expression of your character.

    For having lost some leaves, the canopy seems, to me, to be blocking more light than my mind would predict... could there be more warm light from above (or bouncing off of the trees in the foreground) in addition to the strong glow from behind? Maybe that would give you a bit more of a skin tone palate, that leans not quite as far towards the greens and blues, and highlights her great expression. If this was my piece that's what I might try, but I'm excited to see what you end up doing. Your skill level and command of colors is far beyond mine, so I'm grateful for the chance to learn from you.



  • Finally finished it and added it to the main contest page. It was a nightmare getting this one done, but I think I learned a lot from my initial mistakes and have definitely come to appreciate the need to get a good sketch down first πŸ˜›

    @PoppyK thanks Poppy. I can see why you were mistaken with the hill. I was going to have it as a pile of leaves originally, but decided that it would be the only area without leaves, as though she had raked that area already.

    @Jon-Anderson Thanks Jon. I'm glad the one I also liked was the one most others preferred πŸ™‚

    @KathrynAdebayo Thanks for the advice Kathyryn. You're right about the light and there should be a lot more of it coming from gaps where there should be no leaves. I wanted to avoid leaving the trees empty at the top though (even though they have lost a lot of leaves) to balance the values and make the main light in the center of the image. With my final version I took a bit of artistic licensing and added in a 2nd warm light to the front rather than a cool light as I could never seem to get that to work right anyhow.



  • @gary-wilkinson This was really awesome to read. Seeing your first sketches and thoughts, then hearing what everyone had to say. Great suggestions from everyone. I feel like I learned something along the way as well. And to top it off you have an awesome piece for the contest.