Hey, this is a great idea with enormous potential, please don't let it down!
Your trees are gorgeous, and that was the hardest part! Rocks and boat are OK too.
So, work on light, textures, transparency, it will take time but it's definitely worth it! ;-D
Thanks Riva. This is really good information. I always wondered about the color count thing. Maybe I've limited my colors on some pieces when I shouldn't have. Using an average of 8 shades for one color scale is what make your shading look so good.
I've only been here a few months and have tried a wide variety of images so I guess I'm still trying for find my own style. I would like to get better and this info you gave me will hopefully take me to the next level. Thanks again.
dpixel - (first of all once again sorry for my bad english ;)
Well imho the most important things are changing the palette and adding details.
And here comes the style, because (Im sure you know) adding just a lot of noise everywhere isn't what I mean.
What I do mean:
Theres a big part of grass, but its just big single color spot. Add real grass structure there. If you're not sure how, there are a lot of tutorials for grass specificaly on the net. (Look in Forum into Resources and there are links somewhere)
Same with the brown ground (dirt). Add details to it. Again if you dont know where to start - look around the gallery for some well rated pieces. Theres plenty of images that represent various styles of this.
Then water - its the hardest (even for me). Again, there might be tutorials or (my choice) look again how pros do it.
Don't fear to steal somebodys style. As long as you don't steal part of theyr image directly, its all right (I do that all the time ;) . Eventualy, if you'll like the style, you'll change it a bit and that will make your own style. etc etc
Palette: Please (!!) dont listen to people here who will tell you that you will only be king if you'll use 4 colors total. They are usually unexperienced stoops, trying to look smart. (sorry guys but its true)
Theres a point in not using a huge palette, because some beginners abuse that and create horrible, blurred, pillow-shaded images then.
But you have to use as much colors as the image needs,not less.
Eg I usually use 8 shades for one color scale including white and black. You can go from there.
Again fell free to 'borrow' somebody elses palette (or pick scales from different ones and put them together), look at it, analyze it, see what colors they have there, how many, how they use it etc.
Use that palette for your image.
Im sure theres a lot of experimenting waiting for you so I dont think its a good idea to rush and try to finish edit for the challenge. Take your time.
I agree with you about the palette being too bright. I have a hard time with my palettes, but I'm working on it. AA too. I was trying to limit the colors. This piece was a strech for me, but I have to push myself. What concerns me is what do you mean by " better style"? I'm trying to find my style but I don't want to move in the wrong direction.
So let me ask you this: What's the one thing that this needs most? Maybe I could do an update before the deadline.
I agree with Riva. Hrm, the first post
Love the idea !
Don't like: the palete too 'bright', too 'toxic'. Really lacks AA, shading, details, better style.
...may I make an edit and win the contest ?
Nah, just joking ;)
What AdamPlays just said
I like this because it's a clever use of the circle restriction.
Cool. I like it. Maybe you could use less colors... But still great.
Best atm, great job!
Wow that's a great idea, I just think it could have been a little better, seems kinda boring. Are there really that many colors?
This is my favorite piece in the contest right now.
That's cute :) loving the trees..