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Above It All by MoreVespenegas Above It All by MoreVespenegas
Okay so I really struggled with this and don't like how it turned out but it's really time to move on. I was considering not uploading it but meh. I haven't uploaded anything in a while so this will go up while I get my other stuff going.
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Koyukionna May 18, 2013   Artisan Crafter
It's lovely.
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:iconeuphreana:
So pretty! I like it!
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MoreVespenegas Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, Don't think it's one of my best so far but I'm glad you like it.
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:iconseenotc:
Just a little too much white everywhere.
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MoreVespenegas Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I feel it needed to be more on the focus. The contrast is really huge and I'm not used to working with that.
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:iconseenotc:
The clouds and the moon are nice. It's the color of the mountains that's throwing things off. And the blue of the water looks the same as the blue on Luna.
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MoreVespenegas Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, the colors are all wonky. Seeing as how the detail is all in the highlights I wasn't sure what the saturations should be at all. I was actually considering just desaturating all of it and submitting it grayscale.
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Actually, desaturating a picture is a great way to see if your values are right. If you can't easily tell the difference between two parts of your picture when you look at the grayscale version, that means one of your colors is too bright or too dark in relation to the other.

As for getting the actual color saturation right... that's tricky, and I'm still working on it myself. A good rule of thumb is that highlights are always desaturated, while dark shadows are usually more saturated (it makes them bolder, but as you get close to black it's really hard to make out the color anyway). Midtones can go either way, depending on the color of the object and the quality of light. For example, a beach ball sitting in the grass on a summer afternoon would be a super-saturated red with a few white highlights, and its shadow would be a deep, saturated green. But the same ball on a cloudy winter afternoon would be much duller and would have very few highlights, and its shadow would be more gray-blue. In the end, though, the type of colors you pick just depend on what you want to stick out the most.
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MoreVespenegas Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah the problem was that I wasn't supposed to use any midtones for this piece, it was an assignment about reducing the value range used. Saturation in shadows can be cranked up but the color still looks dull because of all the black and saturation in highlights is always iffy. I think I might have put too much in the highlights because otherwise I was afraid there would be no color in the pic. Anyways it was learning experience and I can tackle it again another day. Thanks for the critique :D
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