Airborn - Hey there, thanks man.
Lula-assassina - Cheers!
Newcenturydsn - Doing sketches in black and white is well worth a go, and really doesn’t have to take much time at all. Start with a thumbnail of your lineart, only 400 pixels long will do. Set this layer to ‘multiply’ so that the black values (your lines) are preserved, put a layer underneath this and fill it with a medium grey. Then pick a darker grey, start blocking in the elements in shade etc. Then a lighter grey for the big areas that are catching some light. Then a near black for things really close to the camera, or stuff that really is in shadow. Then white (sparingly!) for your light sources and planes that can pick up the light case from these. Time - 5-10 minutes. What you are looking for are clearly defined silhouettes, no detail whatsoever, you should be able to see really clearly how the general composition will work. Then if you want to spend some time finding inbetween values and work some subtlety into it, go for it. Finally, on a layer above your lineart, ‘overlay’ mode is quite good here, pour a colour or a gradient into it. I guess next you could have a normal layer above this and eyedropper colours and start to change them subtly.This lets you start planning your colours. This way you put luminance values first, and colour is a secondary priority, the best way to make it read successfully. What I found before I did this was I’d get luminance and saturation mixed up, the eye can be fooled into thinking a vivid colour is brighter and that leads to all sorts of problems! Ah… there I go writing an essay again, sorry if I bang on about this too much!
Element5 - as ever, thanks for your supportive comments, they spur me on!
Ecura - Cheers! Ah, rumours of my holiday have been slightly misplaced, I’m not off just yet! Your comments about the waterfall made me tackle it tonight, you were absolutely right, it needed it! So thank ye.
W!L - Waterfall thanks to you too! Come on man, get stuck in to your pic, I’ll pop over to your thread and see what you’re up to. Thanks, as always, for dropping by.
Kalen - Figures will be problematic because of the scale. You’re right, they’d help, but I showed how naff my figure drawing is in earlier sketches so probably for the best!
Bolchover - It’s certainly tempting to add some kind of trails to them, but I find them a bit cheesy. I may experiment with some very subtle heat haze on the nearest craft though, good idea.
Arctis - Both great suggestions, I’ll seriously consider them. I’m going for very subtle (bar the glowing green drives) colour variations in this one because of the time of day in the pic. Not really conducive to standout colours, but there may be a way. Nice idea about the clouds, may well explore that idea in a future revision. Thanks!