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justin63lee
07-22-2010, 05:46 PM
Hi,
I am new in the CG art world and I really like what I see. I have now transfer over in using Photoshop as my main drawing and paint tool. By viewing many of the artists work in the gallery. I would always see that their work is polish with a "Wow" feeling. The work not only have a feeling of a painting, but added techniques to make it more than expected. I would like to know if someone can help me with techniques and tips in Photoshop to make my work have more than 100%.

(http://justin63lee.com/portfolio.html) This is my website where you can see my work that I have started (http://justin63lee.com/portfolio.html).
http://justin63lee.com/lady_wizard11.html
http://justin63lee.com/lady_wizard11.html

Lunatique
07-24-2010, 06:04 AM
I looked at your link, and the problem isn't that you don't know how to use Photoshop well--it's simply that you are still a novice artist and there is so much you don't know. When an artist has gained a firm grasp of the foundations of visual art (composition, values/lighting, color theory, perspective, anatomy/figure...etc), it becomes very easy to jump around between different visual mediums because they all share the same foundations. But if you haven't mastered the foundations, no matter what visual medium you try, you will always be struggling to create a simply competent image. You really should take advantage of the sticky threads shown at the top of this forum--they are like years of free art school, and if you actually take the time to study them, there's more than enough there to take you from beginner to advanced artist. Just the Loomis books listed in the sticky threads are enough to do that, not to mention a ton of other very helpful resources listed.

justin63lee
07-25-2010, 02:48 PM
Hi,
Thank you for your reply. I will take your advice and see what is there for me. I have the books by Loomis and I will be studying them soon. Is there anything particular to look for as a style or technique for the games industry? I want to see if I can go into that particular direction as a artist.

Lunatique
07-26-2010, 05:02 AM
As a beginner, you don't worry about style. You just learn the foundation. Style is something that finds you--you don't go searching for it. Beginners usually have very ignorant and biased mentality regarding whatever style they favor, because they haven't learned enough about the much wider world of art in general, thus lacking objectivity. As you become a competent artist, your style will automatically emerge. Until you become an advanced artist, you will not be able to force a style on yourself anyway, because you don't have the knowledge and skill necessarily to really deconstruct a style with any sense of authority, thus any mimicking would lack authenticity. Also, it's a bad idea to lock yourself into a style so early on, as you will develop tunnel-vision. It's best to keep an open-mind, and after you've progressed enough as an artist, you'll be able to form much better decisions about where to take your work.

justin63lee
08-03-2010, 04:53 PM
Hi,

Thanks for the information. I agree with what you had mention and my style will develop as I continue to work and test in Photoshop.

Hooch
08-29-2010, 06:54 AM
Justin63lee: Joe Bluhm have some excellent Video tutorials in YouTube, I had learn so much from this
artist, maybe this would give you a hand too.
But like Lunatique wrote, you'll have to work on your foundations mate, that's really the key, If
I show you how terrible I used to draw when I got to this community you'll laugh to dead!
Not that I'm a master now, but I been working hard on it lately). :arteest:
Well, better take a look at this link mate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uiqvd__4u0

Cheers!

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