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Quote kaedeneubauten Replybullet Topic: WIP Narwhal
    Posted: 25 June 2010 at 7:26pm
Hi everyone, just to show my new project, i like the draw but... i haven't ideas yet about background or color.
Any advice, Ideas??
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Quote StepDragon Replybullet Posted: 25 June 2010 at 9:07pm
right now your picture looks like the wall for a baby's room, or a shower curtain. I would suggest getting (and posting) some references, which illustrate both what you're going to draw, as well as the style.

you say you're working on a 'project'. is it just that picture? a game? an image set? movie? what?

even for a cartoon, i would work on the anatomy a little bit, add a little bit of 3d to the lineart. and shade with a blue-hued gray.

as for the background are you looking for underwater? the problem i see here is conflicting subjects. you're subject is a whale (or whale-like creature). but you have a happy child-like innocence in the style.

for a whale picture, i would suggest going deep sea with dark colors, maybe the sea floor, and some volcanic vents, to make it interesting.

but for a more innocent, colorful picture, i would add choral and a reef, even if it dosen't match the (whale-like being). It gives you more colors to work with, and higher saturation.

Hope this helps!
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Quote kaedeneubauten Replybullet Posted: 25 June 2010 at 9:53pm
Thanks for the reply StepDragon
This is only a personal proyect.
An artic scenario works fine for now

Some references here:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narwhal




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Quote StepDragon Replybullet Posted: 25 June 2010 at 10:36pm
ok, now that i know what you're getting at...

the tail is sideways, flat with the body, instead of perpendicular.

the boddy is stubby short. it could be lengthened without disturbing your style. (which i'm still not really understanding, but lets go with it)

the horn is WAYYYY too short,

i know its hard with sea creatues, but throw something in the picture to indicate size. right now i'm imagining your version as the size of a goldfish, hardly three times the size of a man, as per the image on your wikipedia article...



as for shading, this reference is good...



you just need to decide how you want to interpret it with your style.

cheers!

EDIT, you said arctic right? maybe you could have its head popping out of an ice hole or something, that way you can show underwater, and above water, to get a more complex scene... just an idea

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Quote kaedeneubauten Replybullet Posted: 25 June 2010 at 10:40pm
UPDATE

Smoothing the tail, and working on pallette




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Quote kaedeneubauten Replybullet Posted: 28 June 2010 at 10:54pm
Another update working on dithering and colour

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Quote kaedeneubauten Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2010 at 10:42pm
One more update.... the dithering its too hard!!! i will try to mix 2 or 3 blues
Well... Comments?

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Quote Manupix Replybullet Posted: 01 July 2010 at 3:02am
It's too early to think dithering. You should work on the main issues first: layout (what with the bg?), lines (not the best outline yet), shading (light source?) and colors.

I'd suggest editing your former posts so we can see the images.
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Quote kaedeneubauten Replybullet Posted: 01 July 2010 at 11:21pm
former posts updated!!!

Thanks for the advise
Im working on the outline, what do you think?





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Quote Manupix Replybullet Posted: 02 July 2010 at 3:14pm
Honestly, I don't really understand what stops you there. Outline looks good, except a little jaggyness on the top. But is a plain side view the best option? What about the bg if any?
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Quote kaedeneubauten Replybullet Posted: 08 July 2010 at 8:48pm
Another Update


I think I'm pretty close to a decent piece, but not satisfied yet.
It's a test-error work
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Quote StepDragon Replybullet Posted: 09 July 2010 at 1:34am
it needs CONTRAST!!!
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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 09 July 2010 at 2:00am
The tusk is looking good. But you've definitely gone over the top with the dithering everywhere else; dithering shouldn't be used as a substitute for detail. Take this piece here as an example, there is hardly any dithering at all.
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Quote cure Replybullet Posted: 09 July 2010 at 7:09am
definitely needs contrast, either in hue or value- unless you want the narwhal to disappear into the background :P
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Quote onek Replybullet Posted: 09 July 2010 at 7:30am
maybe this helps

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Quote Buddy90 Replybullet Posted: 09 July 2010 at 9:33pm
both the narwhal and the sea are almost the same colors. the narwhal should definitely pop out from the sea, not melt into it.

Try changing the colors. Raise the saturation and value in the colors of the narwhal, as well as a hue shift (maybe a blue-violet) and lower it in the sea, and the piece will be more balanced.
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