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1  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: 11 new pics from Faugar on: 28 March 2012, 04:43:17
No problem Judy, here it is:
2  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: 11 new pics from Faugar on: 27 March 2012, 03:47:51
Hello Santharians!
Glad to hear some of these can be used :) Also, if you have any requests for new pictures or slight alterations to the ones posted here, do not hesitate to ask. If changing one detail would make them fit the entry, I'm willing to do that. I'll try to look (and read) around a bit to see what inspires me and maybe illustrate some entries.

Best,
Faugar
3  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Second Gondolwain portrait on: 02 April 2011, 22:25:58
...and the last one:
4  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Second Gondolwain portrait on: 02 April 2011, 22:25:21
Here is the second one (had to post separately because of the size)
5  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Second Gondolwain portrait on: 02 April 2011, 22:24:28
Ok, I assume the pictures are both finished. Here are the original sized versions then. Both the "vanilla" dress version and a colored belt one for you guys to choose from :)
6  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Second Gondolwain portrait on: 28 March 2011, 06:09:34
ok, I added some lines on the other dress as requested, I hope I didn't go overboard with this? I can easily remove some or all of it (it's on a separate layer) if you think I should. Here is the update:
7  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Second Gondolwain portrait on: 24 March 2011, 05:47:56
Hey,

Great to hear again from you Coren, and with such precise comments :)
I tried to address them all. I'll do the crops after everything is completely approved. So, how about this version?
I do not quite comprehend what you wish me to do (if anything) about the twins idea. It's up to you and Artimidor I guess to decide which and how many versions you want to use on the site.

So, let me know what you think!
8  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Any waterfalls? on: 09 February 2011, 06:07:17
Thanks for the enthousiasm and comments :)

Here is a changed version - river streaming and removed balloon. The kite wasn't an option really, due to the size.
How's this (so far)?
9  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Any waterfalls? on: 06 February 2011, 20:10:42
HI all,

I recently made this picture, and thought that maybe it could fit one of the places in Santharia. The balloon is easily removed or changed into some other flying machine or birds, depending on your input.
10  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Cloud_Shrine on: 29 January 2011, 21:28:56
yes, definitely better! Adding variation of density to the clouds also adds realism. I would suggest reversing the gradient in the sky - it's usually brighter/lighter in the lower parts, close to the horizon, and gradually darkens as you go upwards.
Also, maybe consider experimenting with shadows - these monumental clounds might cast shadows on the trees in the distance. This would connect the background and the sky elements together, as well as add 3d depth to the scene.
11  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Second Gondolwain portrait on: 29 January 2011, 21:24:53
Thank you all! Glad you like it,

Judy - I can indeed remove the people and fill the space to make a picture of an orchard with the water well. So all 4 crops are possible :)

Talia - the apparent sharpness is due to the difference in blur - I deliberately make the background and the foreground leaves less sharp then the characters, and the most "focus" is put in their faces. So due to the variation of the sharpness I try to create a depth of filed effect. So if an element in apicture is clearly less shap (more blurred) then others, the difference is making you perceive the sharper object as sharp. Also, as the eye of the viewer is naturally drawn to the face and the eyes, making sure these are sharp is all that matters really :)

And... on the resized small versions I always also use a bit of unsharp mask filter ;)
12  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Second Gondolwain portrait on: 29 January 2011, 06:53:26
here is a small update on the first version, and a detail (full size image) of the faces. I tweaked the colors a bit to make it more like the second version.
13  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Second Gondolwain portrait on: 28 January 2011, 05:42:20
First - the first picture, with the girl on the beach, I consider "finished", unless there is something Coren is willing to comment upon?
Second picture  ( 2 women in the lemon tree orchard) is also more or less finished, here are 2 versions of it. I have a preference, but I'm curious about your thoughts.
14  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Tutorials Request - What do you want to learn about? on: 22 January 2011, 06:47:33
I guess with enough determination you can use any app and hardware to draw (ipad + fingers, mouse+ windows paint etc). So the software is not so much an issue, tutorials for painting in any medium are probably just as useful as photoshop specific ones.

About your cloud - I think it looks rather good already. Changing the hue (yellowish light you suggested) will not change anything about realism. It looks like midday cloud right now, due to the cool/neutral light. Which is perfectly fine.
I think it's2 things where it can be improved:
1. the overal shape of the cloud
2. the edges.
3. other clouds

1: remember that clouds have volume and weight, they more or less "lay" on top of layers of air, so are more squished/flat at the bottom, and more "fluffy" on top. Of course the shape perceived depends on the viewpoint and angle. In your picture it seems to be more of a "tele lens" view, so the cloud is further away and the persepective more compressed (this being comparable to photographs). So to make the shape more believable you could try to make it larger at the bottom / or smaller at the top. But only slightly, it looks good already.

2. edges - I guess with the type of "fluffy" cloud you depicted here, much more edge variation would be realistic. Ragged, "torn" edges would make this look better. Use low opacity brush to do this - cloud edges are usually thinner, thus showing some background sky through. Brake the edge lines, make the contour line like a couast - almost unlimited in length, while keeping overal shape as is. This needs to be balanced right, so you will not end up with a shapeless, smudged lump :)

3. Adding more clouds in the vicinity would help to make any cloud shape believable. I sometimes observe the sky for an hour or so, looking at the ever changing clouds - there hasn't been a day with clouds I'd seen before, all are unique and often weird to the point of being "unrealistic", so I sometimes take pictures of the more weird ones :) I can recommend this (calming) excersise! Any cloud observed on it's own might look strange, but might fit in with other clouds around it.

So overal - great result already, with a bit work can be made much more realistic. Hope this helps a bit :) So go look for tutorials for painters, do not restrict yourself to a medium or application, it will broaden your understanding. I find that traditional painting articles/tutorial explain why we see things the way we see them and why they look like they do, than the digital ones, which are usually just focused on hard and software tricks.
Good luck and keep at it!!
15  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: Second Gondolwain portrait on: 16 January 2011, 08:03:46
Well, it was definitely not my intention to make her seem scared or appaled by the crab. I removed it from the picture :)
Also, had been thinking about and reworking the other picture, and here is a work in progress, I'm curious what you all think.

About the underwear issue Talia raised - I think Coren is the expert on Gondolwain women undergarments... ;)
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