View Full Version : Need help on a winter scene

02 February 2005, 09:13 PM
I've been working on this piece for quite some time already, and there's still lots of stuff to do. Among all that stuff is snow, which I'm having an hard time painting. I would like to know if anyone has good tips or methods to make realistic-looking snow? Any kind of feedback is appreciated.

Thank you

02 February 2005, 09:55 PM
k, as i need things like this said to me, i say it to you : not
meaning to offend , that rock at least in part looks like a pile of hair,
and the detail level isn't to me same as with the tree.

dunno how to help u technique-wise, but while waiting for someone who does,
ill give you links to couple of nice winter (oil-)paintings . So, real stuff here, no
cg! :

Keith Parkinson- North Watch (

Keith Parkinson- Orcs In the Snow (

Larry Elmore- Deadlock (

Larry Elmore- Bloodstone Lands (

Larry Elmore- Avalyne the Lifegiver (

02 February 2005, 03:39 AM
Thanks a lot for being honest, I like that. Thanks for the links too, I'll be working on that and see what I can do!

Alex Worthy
02 February 2005, 05:59 AM
I think your snow is great. I even really like the pileofhair-rock. Whatever it is, it holds a lot of interest. The tree is the part of the image that doesn't fit.

edit: The big problem with the tree, is that you have a very clearly defined light and shadow side. But the rest of the image has very flat lighting, which is consistant with a snowy image (because the white color everywhere reflects light in every direction).

02 February 2005, 04:55 PM
Yea I had actually planned to come back on the lighting once the rest is finished. Current tree is definitely way too dark. Thanks for the comments!

Alex Worthy
02 February 2005, 05:29 PM
I don't think the tree is too dark. I would get rid of the highlight instead of the shadow.

02 February 2005, 05:44 PM
interesting point here! I'll see to that ;)

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