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Digital Painting Help

PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 2:30 am
by WarriorSlime
I am trying to use reference more as well as learn to better digitally paint. This is the first image that I am somewhat happy with that I have digitally painted. I would like to know what I could do to better the image, and get closer to a more realistic look. I can't seem to ever get my images fully rendered to a point that it looks real. Any tips?

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Digital Painting Help

PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 9:40 am
by Alluffer
It's really great that you're using references in order to learn digital painting, good start!

The biggest thing I think you should work on is the proportions. I think it would benefit you to study the basic proportions of the male face and use measuring and guide lines. This prepares you for the painting process, it's easier to work from a good base and start working from there.
Here is some videos on this subject:

Sycra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYjpkg6vrlg
Alphonso Dull: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYjpkg6vrlg (This is more general, so not just the male face)


I also encourage you to use bigger brushes while painting. The key in my opinion is to have a balance between soft and hard edges
Sinix has a great video on this-> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC3OxonJcXQ


Hopefully this helps you!

Digital Painting Help

PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 12:34 am
by naundeeey
Proportion issues aside, you use WAAAY too many brushstrokes there m8.

You have to think much simpler, try using low poly planes like triangles, squares, and try to get the values as close to the reference as possible.

Stay away from soft brushes or brushes with low opacity. They will HINDER you from becoming better.
Use a hard brush with full opacity and no pressure dynamics such as size, scatter, flow ie.

I hope this gets the idea across:
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I'm currently not at home and did this with mouse but I hope you get the idea anyway :D