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Adc
04-25-2006, 12:00 AM
Alrighty, So here finnally it my first actual posted piece. Of course it is not a finnished piece but a good start. So far I have been working it only in Photoshop. What do you guys thing compositionally? Colors? Subject matter? Balance, Etc..
Here is the original Abstract:
http://static.flickr.com/49/134460369_308bca04c6.jpg
And then here is where we are a little further on the journey ;)
http://static.flickr.com/48/134460370_54607eacf5.jpg
Any thoughts? Hot tips? etc.
~`Andrew.,.,.

Adc
04-28-2006, 07:15 PM
http://static.flickr.com/49/136493111_07cfcbbeb9.jpg
I filled in a few more details as well as throwing in some more test lighting/atmosphere effets.
I am trying to build a bit more distinction between foreground, midground, and background elements.

sarNz
04-29-2006, 01:23 AM
i absolutely love the angle. good work so far, but the hunched over look of this parrot and shape of his eyes make him look very sad. either way you're off to a good start

djtrousdale
04-29-2006, 01:41 PM
Cool, nice colors :) Did you really start with random brush strokes, then make something out of it?

Adc
05-03-2006, 07:52 PM
Cool, nice colors :) Did you really start with random brush strokes, then make something out of it?

Yeah - it's a technique I learned from watching an instrustional video by Scott Robertson. Here is the basic process:
1) You do several abstract marker sketches with values, midground, foreground, etc.
2) Then you scan them into photoshop (or just draw them there in the first place).
3) Once they are all layered in one file you start fooling around with the opacity and layer blend modes.
4) Once you have a nice mess - you zoom way in and become a photographer, using the viewable area as a frame. Then you just search around for anything that inspires you.
5) Then you snapshot each small abstract you find and save it.
Finnaly you start developing those pieces a little. Don't spend too much time on any one piece at first - just start playing and refining. Once you do that for a while you will find a few that you can develope into more finnished pieces.

I pictured the parrot on the vine and stuff when i first discovered the abstract. The abstract stared in other colors though so I did a hue adjustment to green.

It's kind of a "happy accident" meathod but it works great for concepts.
I hope that description helps.
~Adc.,.,.

Adc
05-03-2006, 08:05 PM
i absolutely love the angle. good work so far, but the hunched over look of this parrot and shape of his eyes make him look very sad. either way you're off to a good start

It's funny because I am sorta dreading refining the parrot. I know it won't be too hard or anything, but as the subject of the image he/she needs to be just right. It does look a little sad though...

Adc
05-04-2006, 01:13 AM
http://static.flickr.com/52/140015243_90b11e8514.jpg
Took out the lighting for now. Started detailing a bit of the bird and other elements. Obviously needs more work. Right now the bird looks like a cutout. I swear though, it's not. It's not even on a separate layer.
And on I go. Thanks for the comments.

MrBajt
05-04-2006, 07:43 PM
damn that style of yours is great ! But I must say that i liked the second version with the more divided fore- and background more... For me it just looks more... dontknow... jungleish ? ^^. Just my opinion :)

CyborgJA
05-05-2006, 03:15 PM
Add reds on its plumage !

It's a GREAT pic but you need to focus attention on parrot using colors

Hope to see news soon

Runecaster
05-05-2006, 03:49 PM
Cyborg, there are lots and lots of green parrots :)


I like the abstract idea, good for sketch block hehe

Nice rendering you're doing so far, too.

Adc
05-05-2006, 08:10 PM
http://static.flickr.com/53/140967265_bac46ac934.jpg
Ok, here is with some lighting. I think I may wrap this one up soon. I don't want it to loose it's "painted-ness" with too much fine detailing (if that makes any sense). I am pretty happy with it overall. Maybe some added color to the bird would work. I may play with that idea a bit.
Thanks everyone for your comments, etc.
~`Andrew.,.,.

CyborgJA
05-05-2006, 09:05 PM
Cyborg, there are lots and lots of green parrots :)




and blue, yellow, violet and so on
I've only written a suggestion : I loose the subject in this pic (see as example dark-green leafs on the left side). I know that adc will take into account all our tips and make a great pic :):thumbsup:

Adc
05-08-2006, 07:04 PM
http://static.flickr.com/49/142889713_06a9866f23.jpg
Played with color a bit. I think I am happy with this one.

stuh505
05-08-2006, 07:10 PM
Nice progress, but still can be pushed to a new level.

Needs some tangley, thin vines to add some complexity to the overall composition and give it that "jungle" feel, it all just looks a little too "simple" now. But it won't take much to make it look complex.

The shag moss coming off the parrot's vine seems like it should be going down, not out at an angle...just a personal thing maybe it doesnt bother anyoine else

Fix up the parrots feet a little, they do not look completely attached

Finally, punch out some pretty bright highlights on the parrot itself...head, beak, back...nice shiny wings

Adc
05-09-2006, 06:33 PM
Great suggestions. I couldn't agree with you more. And, yeah - the moss angle does bother me. Thanks for the comments. I will try to give it a few more passes sometime here soon.

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