Monday, 24 February 2014

Self Study Project - Map of Jahai

So today I made a map! I've also written a lot of lore over the weekend, but I need to find a productive way to show it off.

Jahai as it stands.

Jahai with the factions outlined.

Until next time!

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Self Study Project - Revisions

So I've gotten a lot of good feedback on my last two pieces and made some revisions, some of them extensive, some not.

In this shot I changed the composition, added some more foreground elements and played a bit more with the values and depth in the tower itself.

Here I simply added some deep blue shadows to the area underneath the acacia tree in the foreground. A small change, but significant in making the piece feel properly lit.

Now on to new paintings!

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Self Study Project - Mali Outpost

So I tried a bit of a different composition and theme this time. I feel like my understanding of colour and lighting is improving with each painting. Good fun. :)

Until next time!

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Self Study Project - The Crater

Here's my latest piece, based on the Ngorongoro Crater. I feel like I need to do some more fantasy-ish stuff in my pieces or else these will all end up just being African landscapes, so that's next.

Until next time!

Monday, 17 February 2014

Self Study Project - Masaai Desert

So here's a piece that I've finally finished after a very broken schedule working on it while sick. I learned a lot here, but I'm glad to put it behind me as I think it shows a lot of the skills I really need to improve: textured surfaces, depth and lighting. Good exercise though!

Sadly I have only three weeks left to work on the project. Losing three weeks to illness was not ideal, so I'll be painting and sketching as much as possible in the following weeks.

Edit: I also revisited the Xhosa Pier piece due to some advice from a friend, I think it's framed a little better now.

Until next time!

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Experimenting with Photoshop

Due to illness I've been delayed again with the self study project, but I am back on my feet at last after about three weeks of being afflicted with various viruses.

I've been experimenting with different brushes and styles in Photoshop to try and learn something new. Here are the results:

I'm starting to yearn to work in lineart again, rendering is so slow and painful for me still. Might make some illustrations sometime. Until then, back to Jahai!

Monday, 3 February 2014

Self Study Project - Xhosa Pier

So this is today's painting. Not too happy with a lot of elements but what's done is done, I've learned a lot with it. :)

More to come!