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Old 11 November 2012   #1
Vilnius Destruction

Hello, I'm completely new to this type of creation. This is my first time I did something using only my brush (note that the original is an image). I need really specific advices on this one. Thanks in advance

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Old 12 December 2012   #2
You need to tell us what your goal is with this image, what your goal is in your artistic development, and what you are struggling with currently.
 
Old 12 December 2012   #3
My goal is to make this place look like it's destructed, I want to make it feel like it's destructed. I'm currently having trouble with making it look realistic. And don't know how to go further.
 
Old 12 December 2012   #4
What is your goal as an artist? What is the purpose of this image? Are you trying to create a matte painting? Is your aspiration to be a matte painter? The more you tell us about your goals, the better we can help you achieve it.
 
Old 12 December 2012   #5
When you're working with photomanipulation, I recommend keeping as many of the edges as crisp as possible. A shift in edge quality is usually a dead giveaway to the editing, especially when you're trying to convince the viewer that the image is as real as possible. In Photoshop, it would mean using a harder brush to define or retain the edges, and avoiding the smudge tool. The clone tool is your friend.

With destructed architecture, it's good to look at references to real cracks in buildings, to get a better idea of the variety of thickness along cracks and the natural patterns that the cracks make.

I think the strongest part of this image is the area that around the front columns of the building, while the weakest part would be the bottom section of the tower. Most of the cracks in the background are looking pretty nice (and the bigger ones would look better once you refine the fuzzy edges), but that bottom section of the tower feels unnatural and really takes a viewer out of the illusion.

If you're going for the destructed look, I think a nice touch would be to add some discoloration to the sky. Bring out that kind of atmosphere.
 
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