Catsbooksandtheholylance holy crap that’s a name
After looking at how you work with pictures, and how much i disliked how this picture turned out, despite its positive start, i wouldnt mind your thoughts on how i could improve it. Im aware that compared to some of the others that have come forth its a bit all over the place, but i would love to know how you would improve on this piece, or think i should start?
I think my problem is lighting. i have a thing for dramatic lighting, and i didn’t want to use it in this one as much ,so i tried to make it more subtle, foggy, misty even with a fresh morning kind of feel. but i don’t think it worked properly at all. towards the end i kind of gave up, (because of a combo of it being really out of my comfort zone and feeling it was heading downhill) but im hoping that when i see it from a new perspective, it’ll breathe some inspiration into me to have another crack at it. Thanks!
Hey Cats! I did not do a particularly good job- but hopefully the gist is there.
You need to try to control your rendering muscle a little bit, and focus more on lighting. The answer will sound familiar so my apologies in advance, but you need to do more lighting studies and plein air painting. I can not stress it enough. You use lots of forced rimlight that behaves awkwardly for the sake of showing the form, which is essentially just “drawing a line” around the form. Try to find some rim lights happening in natural light, not a movie or photo studio- and see how they behave. As a plane turns away from the camera (becoming parallel with the line of vision, instead of perpendicular) it becomes more reflective. This is why rimlights work the way they do. Look at a car, any car, and notice how much blue they are reflecting on the very top! It’s a large surface at an angle that is almost parallel with your line of vision so it’s extremely reflective. Every object does that, and if you can observe it and capture it, you will be able to simplify your lighting and make much bolder, more realistic statements and have much more control over your image overall.
Sorry if this crit has been a little more direct than usual- you have lots of experience in rendering things, so I feel like you can take a harder critique better. Again, the paint-over is not splendid, but notice what happens when you let the skylight inform the color/value of the planes much more? Do not be afraid to ‘lose’ the colors of materials either- again, it’s all about just observing things from life and building up the vocabulary and eloquence to deal with those situations.
One of the most valuable things I learned about painting is that if you KNOW lighting, and you set up your lighting and stick to it, your picture will almost literally literally paint itself.
Thanks for submitting! Keep going, you are on a good path.