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Demogorgon From Fractured Dimensions, My after ReaperCon project

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9 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

Awesome!

Can't wait to see him based and all.

 

Great mini..

You have a while to wait for that....

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Just a heads up...

 

The big guy is going on hold for a bit for some basic training painting. ...

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Good test of the contrast and composition by looking at your photos in B&W.

When you come back to painting this guy...

Some areas will need higher highlights and/or deeper shadows to look like the materials you intend them to be, and/or to make the composition more interesting.

Leading questions for you:

What are the differences in how these materials reflect light: metal, leather, cloth, scales, slimy skin, hair/fur? 

How can you tell from a B&W photo whether an object is new/clean/smooth/shiny, or old/scuffed?

 

Derek

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Overall very nice!

The pictures in the last post look much better in B&W. I ran one to test, the main difference now is the lighter portion of the mane. It is too much high value color, needs some low values to help it blend better. You brought up the highlights on the dark part of the mane, which was the biggest offender previously in the B&W test to my eyes. The whole thing could have a touch of edge highlights added here and there (particularly the skirt, it reads flatter than the rest currently). Add a touch of off white to whatever your brightest color was before and bring up the edges slowly. Also, consider adding a thin layer of shadow around separate parts (like where his back meets the top of the skirt), just take whatever your skin shadow was, water it down and let it run up to the line of the skirt, then smooth the edge a bit so you won't get a water line. Just adding a little layer of dark in will help a lot in helping the eye find the separation between the two parts. Same could be done around the belt - it's a lot of midtone there, so just add some dark around the bits and highlights on the edges, it'll pop right out.

 

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I mocked up some very slight value darkening near the edge of the skirt and edge highlights on the skirt in GIMP (I'm not great with it but it's passable).

 

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Even a little bit helps

 

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