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Rock formation sunset

Postby paullorin » Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:43 pm

This painting is currently in progress and fairly early stages, as I have just blocked in the basic shapes of the rock formations.
I've had slight difficulties in the past with creating rocks, and would like any pointers or ideas.

Thank you!
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Re: Rock formation sunset

Postby victorvector » Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:25 pm

Hi paullorin.

Rock formations can take on so many forms and shapes.

The silhouette in your picture appears to me to be a little too step like and regular.

It can be very helpful during the planning of your picture to do some quick small value studies in pencil to arrive at a pleasing composition.

I think your range in values between lightest and dark areas could also be increased , particularly in the foreground.

It`s your picture , so you can give yourself all the artistic license you want.

Not my own work , but just to illustrate :
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Re: Rock formation sunset

Postby paullorin » Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:34 pm

Thank you for your input and suggestions, as it's always good to hear from other artists.
Attached is the finished painting. As you can see I have quite a lot to learn about proper technique, though enjoyable to paint never the less.
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Re: Rock formation sunset

Postby victorvector » Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:42 pm

Ahhh....

That is quite nice.

I particularly liked the light area in the sky circled here :
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Re: Rock formation sunset

Postby victorvector » Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:10 am

This is roughly what I meant by increasing the value scales of the foreground , what do you think ?
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Re: Rock formation sunset

Postby paullorin » Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:28 am

Clever rendering, thank you!
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Re: Rock formation sunset

Postby victorvector » Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:12 am

I forgot to mention that your distant hazy blue background is very good . I took the liberty to add a slightly lighter value to it in the direction of the light source .
I also added a small focus area where the sun is shining through the rock formation to give a focal point to the picture.

I hope you don`t think I`m being too critical here , but they are just my personal thoughts after all. Feel free to discard them as you will.
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Re: Rock formation sunset

Postby paullorin » Sun Jul 01, 2018 2:17 am

It does change the overall scope of my painting, though certainly a fine example of a certain light source and point of view.
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Re: Rock formation sunset

Postby victorvector » Sun Jul 01, 2018 2:21 am

Do you work from photos or plain-aire Paul ?
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Re: Rock formation sunset

Postby paullorin » Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:57 am

I work from memory, from the various trips and drives across the Southwestern Mohave and Sonoran Deserts.
My other subjects include oceanscapes inspired by the central and northern coast of California where I lived for several years, and traveled numerous times.
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Re: Rock formation sunset

Postby ambarsara » Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:49 am

I do not know what to tell you, but I think it's very pretty
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Re: Rock formation sunset

Postby yuli455 » Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:34 am

I love the colors ... the drawing itself is very good!
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