At 8/9/13 10:16 AM, SinCOMIXXX wrote:
Does anyone have any good brush ideas to improve this piece or hell, any other piece I pursue in the near future?
Okay, so your colors are really basic. You colored the water straight up blue and the rocks brown. I recommend you start looking at photos and art (specifically those similar to the kind of picture you want to create) and examine what colors are present. You don't need to copy them, but just understanding that water isn't just blue, trees are just green, etc.
Someone told me the same thing over a year ago. Surfaces getting sunlight tend to look a little more orange/yellow, while surfaces in shade look more blue/purple. I also recommend looking into color theory and referencing a color wheel when figuring out color layouts.
Keep working at it though, don't be afraid to try out different techniques, and you'll get to where you want.
Also when it comes to brushes, it doesn't matter what kind of brushes you use. They just give paintings different types of textures, nothing that will make or break a piece. It's all about composition and tone.
ALSO here is a decent reference http://www.alohafrom808.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Kalal au_beach_cave_2_sm.jpg, don't go copying the colors or something, just look at the white sky beyond the rocks. It's glowing because it's a light source and you can see it affecting the rocks. Also the farther away the rocks are the more washed out they are. So, add a new layer, take a soft brush and start lightening up the background and make it look glowey.
Either make the water look reflective, or add splashy wave bits here and there. Literally just use google image search and you'll find some good examples. Make sure you keep your light source consistent! Also the right boob looks a little too small and I suggest putting some cloth in her hand, like a bra or something, like she's about to drop it. Right now it just looks like she's raising her hand for no reason. Also not a bad job on the hands, I know personally they can be a pain in the ass.
I hope some of this is helpful, or at least that you read a little of it. I didn't check for grammar mistakes, I'm sure I accidentally a word a few times...