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Saturday, January 9, 2010


This was not a study, but a concept illustration I did to see where my studies are taking me.

Ps. I have uploaded the painting as RGB first but most of the detail got lost in blacks, I had to change it to CMYK to make it look the way it is now... any tips why? (I hate this problem, even when I need to print!)

Thanks in advance.


me9a7 said...

nice work man!. i guess your studies really paid off :)

as i understand about rgb and cymk, its colors dealing with the monitor(rgb) and print(cymk). but im not sure about the detail loss here. did you paint this in cmyk or rgb?

Gibbo said...

yeh i agree this looks amazing,
RGB is for screen use stnads for red gren and blue, in this mode there are more colour options, wheras in CMYK is for print purposes (cyan, magenta,yellow and black) the colour possibilities are limited as printers are only capable of certain colours.

Luca said...

Thanks guys,

me9a7> I painted it in RGB but after I saw how it got when uploaded, I changed it's mode to cmyk and uploaded it.

me9a7 said...

perhaps its the color settings, sometimes it may appear to us differently than it actually is. but i dont recon you change the settings in PS unless you know what to change, just do what works for you now :)

but its kinda weird to have detail loss in rgb, for me its always the other way around, well not detail loss but color irregularities in cmyk.

anyway great work here bro! :)
question: did you paint this in achromatic and colored it or you went on with colors from the start?

Knuckles930 said...

Looks great.

As for the colour settings, its best to think what you will need it for. And than pick the right format.

But with RGB also remember that each screen gives different colours, depending on the screen and the settings. Like my PC gives brighter colours than my Laptop.

Luca said...

me9a7> thanks brother for the tips. appreciate, I've already did my monitor calibration tons of times... well in ps, they really appear much better though.

Regarding your question, for this one I did the basic silhouette with a midtone value after I have established a colour background. Then I went with colors straight on. Generally for me there is no fixed rule, if I don't have the color scheme in mind, I start with achromatic then see which colors fits best. For this one I already knew what colors I wanted so I went straight with them.

Knuckles930> Thank you brother, it really changes from one monitor to another, according to the calibration.


me9a7 said...

@ Knuckles930
hi bro! i'm just wondering since Luca has this prob, do we have any tutorials on setting PS colors or on monitor calibration? or is it unnecessary? well just a thought from me :)

nice technique bro, i guess it depends on what we are painting right? the colors here looks really unified, which is something that i need to work on lol.


Graham Knowles said...

Wow! That Rocks Luca. Everytime I thinkof slacking off you come out with something that inspires me to get back on the ball. Especailly like the face on this one. Great job on the nose and lips. For me they tend to be challenging areas. Your shading, value and highlights are awesome. Well placed. Love the detail on the armour also. I think greater than the art work is the imagination and thought put into this piece. Well done.

Graham Knowles said...

Question Luca:

What do you think are the top 3 to 5 things that have helped you get to the level you are at now? I'm seriously striving to improve so any tips will be greatly appreciated. This also goes out there to all fellow artist. Please feel free to offer your comments also. All the best.

Luca said...

me9a7> thanks buddy, yeah, try to keep everthing as a whole. John Singer Sargent wrote in his notes to "always paint one thing into another, not next to each other until they touch". One tip is to constantly zoom out so that you don't get off the values (go too dark/too light).

Graham> Thanks brother. Totally agree with you. One of the things that I admire in fantasy artists is the imagination behind the art itself.

Regarding tips here you go:

1. Love for art
2. Feedback from favorite artists (yeah Xia, that's right! :)
3. Hard time studying anatomy
4. Observation of life (sketch all day)

me9a7 said...

"John Singer Sargent wrote in his notes to "always paint one thing into another, not next to each other until they touch"" thats one cool note there :)thanks Luca for sharing your thoughts.

ill add another one from Luca's tips. Values, i think when we get a proper understanding on values we'll begin to see our art differently :) i still need to work hard on this too lolz.

Peace bros!

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