XM Magdalena 3D print, GGeorgy (3D)
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09-09-2006, 01:33 PM
Hi Everyone

This is my most recent effort at a sketch, using my new tablet. Its so much easier, but i know I still have many many problems here.
You can probably guess where the whole concept came from.
If anyone can give me some tips I would love to hear them, coz I got to the point where I didn't know what else to do with it, yet it still looks unfinished / lame; whichever you prefer...
Anyways, please crit away, and if you could spare the minute to do that I would really appreciate it!




09-10-2006, 01:12 PM
Any idea guys and girls? Any help would really be appreciated!

Well, here is another sketch. This is a very quick color study of some woods near where I live. There were some really interesting colors and cloud formations at dusk when I was walking my dog.
Done in less than 10 mins in PS:




09-10-2006, 04:25 PM
I'm pretty new to this aswell, but in my oppinion if you put in alot of details and depth into your pictures they will turn out great. I think you also should use the bottom right tree in the first picture and the high tree in your left picture as your points of interest in your compositions.

09-10-2006, 05:48 PM
I dont mind if you are new to this, I could use any tips I can get. Thanks for the info. I see what you mean. I actually didn't save the second one as a PSD coz it was so quick, but I will bear it in mind when I start my next one. So, more detail in the point of interest aswell, yes?


09-10-2006, 06:48 PM
Yeah I would make it stand out since it's the object closest to you and it's a good position in your composition in general. Maybe add some nice highlights and some birds or something like that. I think that's what I would do atleast.
But wait and see what the more experienced guys here has to say first :)

09-10-2006, 07:40 PM
Hey Nick, your off to a good start. And I have a few crits that i hope will help you.

Both sketches are off to a good start but I find that they lack a good focal point and perspective. The first paint the water almost seems like it is traveling upwards in order to fall off the cliff. But it also has a good color balance so i would say it would be a good idea maybe just redo it but set up some perspective lines before hand.

In your second painting it seems like the clouds further in the background will be your focal point so it might be a good idea to make them a bit more interesting and colorful.

Im no pro thats for sure but I hope that helps :)

Cheers and keep the sketches coming

09-10-2006, 09:33 PM
Thanks Matellis!
Im just gonna throw out as many sketches as I can now, to try and improve upon all the fundementals. I dont think there is any point in me moving to the photo integration if I dont have a firm grounding in composition, perspective, colour etc. Hopefully I will start to see improvement before too long.
Thanks for the tips!


09-11-2006, 11:48 AM
Ok, I took the advice you guys gave me. I spent more time on this one making it more detailed. It is another silhouette, which I know is kind of a cop out, but its easier to suggest detail when you only have to suggest it at the edges. This will be my last silhouette now, Im gonna focus on doing some full colour stuff and getting better at that now.
Anyway hope you like!


09-11-2006, 11:50 AM
By the way, I still have the PSD for this one, so if you have any suggestions I can update with them.


09-11-2006, 08:57 PM
Just started on a new matte sketch. Here is the initial concept:


Probably doesn't mean much to anyone but me, lol.

Here is the sketch after about 15 mins of sketching in a rough BG:


I will update soon with the rest of the sketch.



09-11-2006, 10:36 PM


Just another 10 mins of work

09-12-2006, 01:23 PM


09-13-2006, 12:16 AM
Ok, so I finished the sketch now, unless you can find something wrong with it? I still have the PSD so its possible to go in and change things still if necessary, or if you have any crits that you think will improve it. Im actually very happy with it, considering its one of my first efforts. Still, it took me too long (about 3 hours altogether), and was supposed to be a quick sketch, so next time im gonna limit myself to 45 mins for definite!!

Hope you like, look forward to hearing your comments! I made the lighting a bit more dramatic coz the whole thing was feeling a bit washed out and boring before:


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