I know I still need work, but what I would like is for you to review my port and let me know what aspects seem to need work. The Images closer to the top are the newest.
I'll return the favor!
May 08 12 02:55 pm Link
Orlando, Florida, US
If what you're going for is to turn photos into digitally painted art, then I think you're on the right track. But I'd stop short of saying that these are photo manipulations. You are starting with photos as source material and creating something almost completely different.
I'd also recommend including some of your more "tame" retouches to your portfolio if you're going to advertise and expect payment for said retouching. If I were someone who farmed out my retouching work, I'd pass you over since I can't see any examples of you cleaning up a poor image.
Now, if I wanted a digital painting of my recently deceased sheepdog... maybe you'd be the right person for that. Oh... and your style reminds me of the 70's and early 80's fantasy work that you could buy at flea markets and on "wizard rock" album covers for Dio and Motorhead.
May 08 12 03:04 pm Link
Good Egg Productions wrote:
That's actually EXACTLY what I am going for. I'm attempting to create paintings through photography. I am Primarily a digital artist, second a retouch-er; otherwise I would include particularly "tame" images. Who gets noticed doing "tame" anymore. Besides, the payment is rather dirt cheap. I've seen worse asking for ridiculous amounts. As for your idea of a manipulation - what I'm creating is a manipulation, I think you have the wrong impression of the word; ever checked out Deviant Art? Anyway. I'm totally a hippie so I'm glad that shows through my work. As for your sheepdog; I'd love to make a digital painting of it for you!
May 08 12 03:13 pm Link
Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
Oky this is going to be hard there are many aspects you need to consider.
If you go with airbrushing you have to completely forget about smudge, which lower your quality and also shows this step. Keep the same quality all over the photo, if you use 3Ds, adapt color, tone and light to make it more believable. There are 3 dimensions in an image so you have to reflect that in your work. I think that there are plenty tutorials on www.tuts.com that can give you a good start and make you understand all these aspects.
Hope it helped
May 10 12 12:15 am Link
Baia Mare, Maramureş, Romania
I'll primarily refer to the image in your avatar, although certain things apply to several pieces in your gallery.
There's a consistency with extremely soft and blurry edges. While there's a certain softness one can attain during postwork, it is best the edges remain clean and sharp to tell every element apart. Look into using the pen tool for extraction.
You also need to understand lighting. The image in your avatar has a light source in the background. While the moon isn't realistically a light source, many visual artists use it as such. There's a glow that one can perceive is coming from the moon that is reflected on the balcony railing, but it's not reflected on the llama which has a distinguishable bright lighting from the front, which doesn't reflect on the curtain put in focus that would be brighter and closer to this bright light source. Getting lights to work is the first step to getting a natural look to a manipulation, so it doesn't look too cut
May 10 12 02:02 am Link
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
What Joe and Andreea say
Have a look at their port to see what you need to work on.
Mostly consistency (color, sharpness, light direction etc).
This makes the difference between a photo collage look and a great piece of digital art.
Maybe also try to decide which direction you wanna go..more manipulation or more painting, so you can focus on that as well as get a more distinct consistent style.
What Good Egg missed is that you're not aiming to be a retoucher (obviously, by choosing a digital artist profile and by reading the OP title).
So yeah, dont go for tame, but do go for consistency.
Look in the DigitalArtist of the Week contest for some great examples.
May 10 12 08:47 am Link
Joe Diamond wrote:
Actually, very helpful. Thank you!
May 10 12 08:41 pm Link
Andreea Cernestean wrote:
Ah yes, I'm still just grasping the concept of lighting. The reason I blur the edges so much is because I don't want it to look thrown together. I do agree though it's a bit too much. I will have to practice at that!. Some of my images I'm going for a more cartoon-ish look, as I go along though It is becoming easier to do it stroke by stroke.
May 10 12 08:47 pm Link
Robert LC wrote:
Yes, I agree with all of you! I think over time with more practice I will see where I am going exactly. I feel like I just fall back on painting because I don't have AWESOME skill at manipulation yet.
May 10 12 08:52 pm Link
Dundalk, Louth, Ireland
Andreea Cernestean wrote:
May 13 12 12:43 pm Link