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  02 February 2013
What am I doing wrong?

Hi guys, Amateur here just looking to get a bit more realism going on...

I feel it's too cartoony - wanted a more realistic light to happen but it just turned out liek a cartoon.

Any help on textures and colours appreciated....
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  02 February 2013

any suggestions?
  02 February 2013
Way off from real- google is your friend- browse for a collection of inspiring and textural reference images- make a nice lil collage out of them then incorporate those ideas/textures into your image.

You have a very long way to go with this image- strike that= composition isn't completely bad, but you need a lot of work on the layers and textures (Foreground/mid/background) maybe make a new layer and paint in only grayscale each layer and how it translates into the next.

In other words, Dark gray foreground shapes, lighter mid and even lighter back. Needs more depth and I think this will help you figure that out.
CK Pinson

Last edited by CKPinson : 02 February 2013 at 03:23 PM.
  02 February 2013
It's very important for beginner/intermediate artists to understand that, unless you are an advanced artist, you simply don't have enough knowledge and experience to just paint a realistic looking scene that's credible, unless you use proper reference and don't arbitrarily stray from the reference. This is because you haven't built up enough understanding of the visual art foundations that are critical for being able to conjure up fictional scenes out of head and portray them convincingly. You haven't stored enough visual memory of how our world really looks, or done enough studies of landscapes, lighting, values, colors, various surface properties, composition, perspective, or gained enough experience working with different painting techniques.

That is why the result ends up unconvincing--it's because you don't have the knowledge or experience required to make it look real, and the only way to gain that ability, is to buckle down and study/practice the important foundations of visual art. There is no shortcut to this.

And keep in mind that even if you use references, you still have to be able to use them properly--simply copying them won't do, because then you'd have no actual creativity. What would you do if you have to depict a totally fictional world that looks nothing like ours? You have to learn the foundations in order to know how to incorporate references effectively, while still exercise your own creativity and conjure up things that don't exist in reality.
  02 February 2013
appreciate it guys! - thanks, totally agree with both. Off to practice...
  02 February 2013
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