At 6/27/12 08:46 PM, ZaneZansorrow wrote:
Awesome, you're posting in NG again :D
It's Zane!!! Glad to be back, great to hear from you :)
I have no idea what advice I can give on your style or anatomy BUT I can try give out ideas for you to use if you want to. (I use photoshop cs3 to mess around with this)
As far as I can tell, your drawing was flat, maybe it needed shadows (I kind of gone about the whole coloring sloppy and without thinking about light source, which you could of consider).
I love what you did with those shadows!!! They make the whole thing pop, I'm not going to fix the dragon as I'm sick of the whole piece and I've redone so many things that I just want to move forward to another thing, but everything you say will be taken into consideration on my next image. Like more contrast on those shadows, again, I just love how it makes everything pop.
I used the multiply layer effect to give the shadow, you could gradient your shadows if you want to.
Right now, what I'm doing is adding a mask layer with the curve pretty high, and adding a gradient to the whole figure, then I make another mask layer and shade there. This way I can change the flat colors and the shadows transfer to any color with ease, it's a pretty neat little trick. Learned it from Vero.
Maybe it need highlights ( I use an overlay layer or maybe that blue shadow circle you had need reflective colors relative to your dragon.
The highlights are really nice, I was afraid that too much light would give the dragon a sort of glossy feeling, but I see that it does not, I really need to amp up the contrast.
Maybe you want to try a color lines instead of black lines.
I'll have to try it out sometime.
Maybe you want to add more details for something extra on this dragon.
I don't know how you did the smoke but it looks really nice, I would love to hear how you did that.
Or you maybe want to try more textures.
Texture is something I really need to work on. I'm pretty happy with the texture on the dragon but I know it could of have been a lot better. I gotta check out a couple of videos/links on texturing.
Anywho I hope you'll get an idea out of this and work out some new things.
Thanks for everything Zane you were of great help, I hope to hear more from you as I post more images :)