I love the sketches… very inspiring.
Your first picture… Very nice. The rock becomes allmost detailed enough with a few brushstrokes. Though the compostion is a bit off. My leads toward the sun but as there isn’t much to see there my eye almost instantly leads me to the cliff side on the right. Seems more interresting to look at.
The sunlight, flare, hides the detail of the structure standing on that cliff… Make the effect more subtle. And preserve more detail there… then it is quite good i think.
Second… i think the perspective is a off… though i have to say the fading of the buildings in the distance is very nice. I think this was a test in depth, wasn’t it? Now, fade the smoke the same as the building the smoke comes from. Then the smoke won’t be the predominant character in the image.
The detail of the front most smoke now indicates that the focus is there while the front most building indicates the focus is there.
So, fade smoke or make the builing it connects too more detailed then the front building. You’re getting there.
Third… Clouds are very nicely done… They lead the eye nicely in the distance. But the ground needs to be tighter… Now it’s fuzzy like the clouds or sometimes even worse. If you flip the image upside down and paint a horizon through the sun you’ll have a seascape with very dark storm clouds over it. You’ll see.
Tighten the ground up and this image will settle. Also paint some details in there like a vilage or something. It’ll help with the scale of your scene.
Refine the image with the colorfull sky more, please… the ground refinements are very good, especially since it’s done with a mouse. Though what this image lacks is reference of scale and a point of interrest. Try to get something in there. Seems corny but again a village. It will be good training on perspective.
This doesn’t mean that i paint better then you. But, it’s just an observation. I really do like what i see here.
I paint roughly the same as you guys. In my paintings i have the same problems. Detail that shows scale and a point of interrest. It lacks stories, that’s the right word i’m looking for. I’m having lot’s of trouble with refining, adding details. They allways seem to be off.
I’ll post one of my own and you’ll see.