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How to make the color more natural.

PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:14 pm
by lawrence1129
Having trouble with color scheme
The high light seems a bit strange
And what about the proportion and the line work?
How can I improve this?
Thanks

How to make the color more natural.

PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:58 am
by Alluffer
The pose seems to be really off. The face, torso and wings all seem to be in different perspectives. I would recommend using reference pictures for this kind extreme perspective to avoid this problem. I would look for something like a low angle view of a woman. That way you get more accurate proportions too.

There is no consistency in the light environment in your picture, that's why the highlights and shadows are off. Pay attention where the light is coming from and lay the shadows and highlights accordingly.

There are a lot of points you should be aware of when choosing colors ans I would recommend watching a couple of videos on color theory and starting with a grayscale.

Also the line work could use some more practice. You have some problems that get addressed in another critique on Istebrak's class-> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvxYM0R5r-M (Around 17:00)


You are tackling a lot of things at the same time and I would recommend simplifying things and start studying things one at the time :) Just keep going!!

How to make the color more natural.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:14 pm
by Mandilor
A bunch of things wrong with the pose. You haven't thought out where everything is and how it connects to each other. You can break down the anatomy into parts to make it easier. I break the torso into 3 pieces, rib cage, abdomen and pelvis. The arms can be split into shoulder, arm, forearm, hand. Legs into thigh, knee, shin and foot. Head into head and neck.

If you think of these as each their own block from there you can stack the blocks to get the placement and perspective. Admittedly this requires you to know how to draw blocks in perspective, something that if you don't know how to do you should make a serious effort to learn. After that you need to connect them in foreshortening. For this always remember that the closest form to you will overlap and dominate the form behind it. So one flaw I see is you have the lines of the rib cage overlapping the lower area even though the rib cage is behind the lower area in this shot. It should be the other way around, the abdomen should overlap the rib cage.

A simple quick tip is when you're looking up at something you're not going to see the top of it, just the sides and bottom.

As for the colors its not terrible. You've mostly got an analogous scheme and nothing is to crazy. The things I would change is making the background colors and the character colors opposites when it comes to temperature. You're doing it up top near the head where the background is blueish and the character is more towards the reds. but the bottom half of the backgrounds is also towards the reds like the character is. The reds (as in the reds of the wings and tail tip) are also pretty saturated and flat. I would desaturate them. Lastly I would nudge the shadows on her towards blue and saturate them so their more lively and to give the piece a shadows cool, lights warm pattern to the piece.

There are some other things I could nit pick at like where the tail, wings and ear pop out. They all seem like the should be lower. Anatomy of the wrist, wings.

I did a quick paint over, I hope it helps explain what I'm trying to say and gives you some good ideas on where you can go from here. If you have any more questions feel free to ask. Good luck and happy painting!

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