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    My last and final homework assignment for my Intro to Digital Painting class:



    I ended up doing more guesswork than I anticipated, and as a result, I do not think the piece came out nearly as strong as it could have. Suggestions and tips are most welcome!

    EDIT: The line art is not my work. Spider-girl was drawn by my instructor, Scott Johnson. The digital paints are mine.

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    Last edited by Carl_Shinyama; 07-08-2014, 07:03 PM.
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  • #2
    Nice work, Carl.

    What instantly pops out is that the knees are too low, especially the one which is further away from us. Also, I think you got her a bit too manly. She has broad shoulders and a sinewy, slightly muscular built with nearly no hips. The two big breasts cannot really help either, they just look like late attachments. The slim slightly masculine looks could work for her, as I guess she is supposed to be young and athletic, but she needs still some more curves. A bit. And less boobs, if she is young.

    As for the painting bit, which I guess you are more interested in, I cannot give that much help. I like the very top bit - head and top part of the ribcage, you have a real nice sense of depth and good sharp definition there. Both of these are lost IMO as we follow her figure down. I recon doing something against the overly soft tones would help with both, but you probably will get more useful tips from others.
    There is also an ugly transition from the V of the red bit to the blue lycra on her abdomen, which probably is down to not applying the same lighting to the red part and the neighbouring blue part. If you look closer you got a much better transition on the right hand side of the pic at her waist where lighting was kept consistent.
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    • #3
      Nothing I can do about her figure. I didn't draw Spider-girl. I do, however, agree with everything you said about how she's drawn.

      I also agree with you that the left hand side of the picture where her abdomen is (her right side) doesn't transition well. That is my lack of fully understanding color theory. I did the blue part of her costume first (which I regret) and when I chose a colder teal'ish color as source of lighting. As a result, I had a very difficult time finding a colder color that would reflect off of the red. I'm sure that had I found the right color, it would have definitely transitioned much better.
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      • #4
        Honestly, I think the colors could use more contrast. The way they stand, the look a little muddy.
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        • #5
          Dude I got to get in that digital class!!!
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          • #6
            Yea seriously splake! Carl what school or classes are you going to? Is it just a local college or online?


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            • #7
              Zathanial, the class I took was Intro to Digital Painting and it is taught by Scott Johnson. It is an online class offered by Comics Experience.
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              • #8
                I looked it up and nearly choked on that $595 price tag. Wow... Hell of an investment...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Carl_Shinyama View Post
                  Nothing I can do about her figure. I didn't draw Spider-girl. I do, however, agree with everything you said about how she's drawn.
                  Sorry for that, you didn't mention that the lines are not your work and I didn't realise the signature wasn't yours.

                  Originally posted by Carl_Shinyama View Post
                  I also agree with you that the left hand side of the picture where her abdomen is (her right side) doesn't transition well. That is my lack of fully understanding color theory. I did the blue part of her costume first (which I regret) and when I chose a colder teal'ish color as source of lighting. As a result, I had a very difficult time finding a colder color that would reflect off of the red. I'm sure that had I found the right color, it would have definitely transitioned much better.
                  Yeah, I'm struggling with similar stuff, and as the other guys would like to hear more about the course you have taken.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Zathanial View Post
                    I looked it up and nearly choked on that $595 price tag. Wow... Hell of an investment...
                    Yes, it is expensive... But! Worth it. Might have been the best $600 I ever spent. I learned a lot.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Einar View Post
                      Sorry for that, you didn't mention that the lines are not your work and I didn't realise the signature wasn't yours.

                      Yeah, I'm struggling with similar stuff, and as the other guys would like to hear more about the course you have taken.
                      Nah, that's my bad. I edited to add that it was not my drawing in my original post.

                      Got Twitter? Ask Andy Schmidt (@ComicExperience) or Scott Johnson (@ScottJohnsonArt). Schmidt is a former Marvel editor who runs the online school and Scott Johnson is the instructor for Intro to Digital painting. Scott said that he and Andy are definitely going to do another Intro to Digital Painting class. When? Not sure yet, but Scott said that Andy will announce the dates for registration. Scott also mentioned that he and Andy are also considering doing an advanced class - which I will be signing up for the minute it is announced - but a curriculum needs to be decided on.

                      My guess is that they need to do a few Intro classes first beforehand to see if there is a demand for the advanced class.
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