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12 December 2005, 03:39 AM
This is my draft of the final layout for my Layout Skills class, at about 1/4 the final size. Next I will do several value studies, then Icolor studies and sometime next week I'll start painting the final background i watercolor using the studies. If the colors and values scan well I'll post them in the next few days -I'm really amazed by how much value and color can affect the mood of an image.

The garbage can gave me about 3 hours of headaches -trying to do it in 2 point perspective but getting that top ellipse right was beyond me. If anyone is a perspective expert and knows how I should have handled in some noob friendly way that I'll be glad to hear -or do you pros just eyeball it?

Anyway, I finally went with one point perspective and got a few lines in as guides but finally still had to 'guess'. The teacher's suggestions were great and helped point out many weaknesses in the first few tests and thumbnails and I ended up redoing bits and pieces several times. About 7 hours from start to get this far so not ready for prime time. ;)

12 December 2005, 04:47 AM
This is a good start. To make the garbage can look a little more real you might give it some shape on the outer edges to show that it goes in under the rim and then back out again, just a suggestion. It really looks pretty good already.

12 December 2005, 06:58 AM
Thanks for the suggestion -good idea- I'll do that in the final image.

12 December 2005, 08:22 AM
Hi there,

take a look at this ellipse tutorial (, in case you want to countercheck yours.

12 December 2005, 09:11 PM
Thanks, great tutorials on that site.

12 December 2005, 06:29 AM
First value study for final project, this one was supposed to be a study in mood....

Here's the second. I tried watercolor (still not comfortable with wet media) and is supposed to indicate a light source...

and the third and final for today is supposed to be balanced and all use value to create motion - not sure if I achieved it.

12 December 2005, 03:48 PM
After a number of years of practice I'm able to eye-ball elipses (note the wheels on my sketch here, which were 'free-handed' ~> ), however, it's important to understand the process. You are in fact creating a circle in I've included a quick lesson in constructing a circle within a square. Apply this to a perspective grid square and you will have the foundation for your eliptical garbage can opening.


12 December 2005, 10:02 PM
Nice progress on this layout. I am waiting to see what happens next. Thanks for stopping by to look at my work and leaving the good words.

12 December 2005, 10:08 PM
@Tincap - thanks for this, will give it a try this weekend. saw your work posted -very nice.

@Euphrosyne - Thanks. I will begin the color studies tomorrow. Might do some dabs on the computer first just to rule out a few things -I'm new to painting and color theory and don't want to waste buckets of paint. As for your work -speaks for itself, really great. :)

12 December 2005, 08:24 AM
Did one more value study - just using a General Layout pencil- and my first color study. Color is going to be a challenge, I imagined something totally different than what I ended up with. I also went to the school bookstore and brought paint and just realized when I sat down that I got acrylic instead of water color. Got soooo much to learn about everything. :)

In my mind I was thinking it would be a sunrise, reflected in the window glass and on the siding and as I dialed that color wheel and mixed ,and dialed and mixed I ended up with something totally different. :)

Suggestions/comments welcome as always.

12 December 2005, 04:00 AM
Second color study - going to try to do 2 more ...

12 December 2005, 07:25 AM
Third color study - purchased a box of Nupastel as I have wanted to try pastels. Not great because -in addition to my lack of experience- I found out that the color doesn't stick good on copier paper and tough to blend as each layer pushes off the other layer as I lay it on. I did a search around the net and looks like I want a coarser or speciality paper.

As you can see, color is not my friend yet ...

12 December 2005, 04:15 AM
I finished it today. Acrylic on watercolor paper. You can still see some paint strokes - tried multiple layers building up washes but I'm still too new to paint I guess because they show. I tried using my movie camera to get an image but looked very bad -think it is the indoor lighting. I finally put corner after corner into the scanner and reassembled it in Paint Shop Pro - the color didn't reproduce exactly on the scan and I think there are some seams where I did the joins in the scan but best I can do for now. I'll see if Kinkos or someone can copy the large original.

Here it is for better or worse. Thanks for all the useful feedback. Have to finish my final animation now for the animation intro class.

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