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Still Life Pear by swigganicks Still Life Pear by swigganicks
Spent about 30 minutes on this. I honestly did not think a still life would be this hard with such a simple subject matter. The main thing that bugs me is the lack of texture, it just looks so plastic like it is now. I'm going to work on that in future paintings. Also, the colors are a bit off as I'm still trying to learn to use color, value, tone, etc. correctly. As I'm finding out, it's much harder than simple grayscale paintings. Oh well, practice makes perfect! One day I'll revisit this still life when I'm actually good and do it over again just to compare my progress. For now, it's just baby steps for me.
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Kansaibou Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, I saw this posted on Reddit.. I have to ask, how versed are you in digital? Sorta sounds like you're still trying it out, but I gotta say, this is fucking awesome, especially for only 30 minutes.

I can tell you've got a really good grasp on specific and dynamic lighting with this. Little things, like how the shine on the pear is distorted a bit with the uneven surface, and how the far edge of the pear's shadow is blended.. all stuff you'd see in the actual still life.
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swigganicks Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I just started learning digital painting. I've been going through a lot of online tutorials in place of actual art instruction. I've had a background in traditional art and I'm just trying to transfer those skills into the digital realm.
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Kansaibou Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Right, right. That's basically what I thought was going on~
I'd say the biggest difference with the actual process of digital and traditional is that the specific medium of traditional usually sort of has an "automatic texture" put into it, where as with digital you have to create it yourself.
For example, a "smokey" sort of texture comes naturally when using watercolors. You have to do that yourself with digital. Luckily, though, the internet basically has any brush you could possibly ever want, so you can always just research a bit and download new brushes to make it easier on yourself to texture stuff. Learning how to disguise the fact that you're using brushes is another skill to learn altogether though..
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