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Postby Miku » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:26 pm

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Subject title: Realistic looking dress. Help (color)

Hello guys. Need some color specialist looking over this picture in progress. Just focus on the dress. Tell me what mistakes I made and what I could do better for a more realistic looking dress. Click the link:


Postby Audiazif » Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:10 pm

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Color wise the dress seems fine. The thing that is off to me is the color of the skin. The skin seems to not fit within the context of the painting. I am seeing everything lit like it is at night but then the skins is as if it is day or in artificial lighting. Or even that the figure is giving off its own light (like they are kind of glowing). I would maybe look at reference of a similar lighting situation or look at how other artists have tackled lighting situations like what you are trying to portray. Another suggestion would be to have a dominant light source and have the rest be secondary and tertiary and so on. Right now it looks like the light sources are competing with each other.

If you are looking for advice on the dress, I would say you should start simple and then go complex. To me it looked like you jumped into detailing too soon. The smaller secondary folds don't seem to fit imo. I would do the big folds first, the ones you indicated with lines. Then after you have done the big folds, start the smaller folds and go smaller from there. Another thing about folds is there is the potential for all the parts of a shadow to appear on each fold but I am not sure how for you are wanting to take this so I wouldn't worry about it. just something to keep in mind.
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