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Bridge Comp by karacature Bridge Comp by karacature
~sticmann's speedpaint challenge: to rearrange the composition of this image: [link]

Photoshop and Tablet, 25min.
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M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I really like this one! I think you've captured a more interesting comp and some vibrancy in the water althugh yes the background is a bit muddied. Choosing greyscale is always a great way to work, to get all dem values in the right place before committing to colour. In terms of fast textures try making up some custom brushes...there should be tons of tutorials online...It's pretty easy although to be honest I haven't done it since using Painter since it comes with lots of texture options built in...and I am inherently lazy
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karacature Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
Thank you! The water turned out better than I expected (thought that would be the part that looked like mud!) Probably focused on it too long to do the background justice...but I'm definatly getting better at sticking to my time limit. I think I'll do more grayscale since it helps me focus on what I need to for these.

Never tried making texture or even custom brushes, but when I have time again (sigh) I will have to look for some tutes.
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kurome-tenshi Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed with earlier comments. Looks great, but sharpen that other bank a bit.
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karacature Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
yup, need more practice with monochrome to sharpen my contrast. Haven't worked in it in a while. Also trying to stick to my time limit. ;)
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kurome-tenshi Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Good point. But it really does look good otherwise!
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karacature Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
:D
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admiral-squee Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
Not bad.
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karacature Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
:) I'm learning what I can do with a strict time limit and it isn't as much as I would've hoped.
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admiral-squee Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
We've all had that feeling.
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sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
Arrin's right. The composition is certainly better, but it's rather muddy. There aren't really any strong forms other than the bridge.
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karacature Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
I haven't worked in monochrome in a while. I think it could have used a little texture to help define the shapes. I'm not sure how you use your textures, but if you could point me to a tutorial on that maybe it'd help. I think I need to work in values more to help with my contrast and balance.
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sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
I've only learned through trying different things. I've never run across a tutorial for it. I have found through the various paintings that the painting itself should be pretty solid before adding textures. They can enhance and unify a picture, but they don't really make a bad picture good. It's a good idea, especially for these speed paintings, to block in solid areas to define shapes. Then go in and add shading and detail. I'll try to think of something else that might help.
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karacature Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
that is how I approached this, by blocking in the darks and adding lights and midtones after.
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sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
I found this last night: [link]
As I have no formal art training, I learned quite a bit from it.
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ArrinKirr Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the feel of this painting, but there seems to be no definitive bank on the far end of the bridge.
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karacature Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
The bank is kind of erroded away with grass on the top. I guess I didn't really get any texture in to show the difference between dirt and shadow though. Thanks for the crit :)
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