I wanted to try out Zbrush because I’ve been hearing so much about it, but since there isn’t a free trial, I downloaded Mudbox instead. I found it waaaay easier to use than Sculptris; it was more intuitive (though that that could be because I tried Sculptris before this). Hello new love of my life ~
As someone who likes to work from life, I really struggle with working from photos. The work seems to come out flat when compared to what I do from life. Your work seems to be so alive; more so than a photo. I feel like the trick is not being a slave to the photo reference as the camera can lie (bleached out lights and overly dark shadows). My brain doesn't know how to paint what's not there. Do you had any tips for working with photos so that it doesn't look like you just painted a photo?
Don’t paint the photo. Paint what’s in the photo.
If you need more information about the thing in the photo, get better photos of the thing. If you need more knowledge about what choices to make, practice and study.
When you’re standing in a meadow with your easel, you have ten gazillion times the amount of information available to you compared to a photo of the same meadow. That means you can make a lot more choices about what you paint. A photo isn’t complete. It’s a mechanically acquired sample. No one stands in a meadow and tries to paint what they think a photo of a meadow would look like.
I mean, you can’t measure a photo on a painting scale. The photo will always come up short. No offense to photographers. It’s apples to oranges, yeah? An apple might taste good compared to other apples, but for an orange, it’s pretty shitty tasting.
That’s why when you try to paint a photo, you end up with something unsatisfying.
It takes a lot of practice to paint the thing and not the photo of the thing. I imagine it will take a lot more practice to get into the habit of separating the two if you’re used to painting from life. But it’s totally doable.
Also, I just realized who you are. Hi. :)
Pretty sweet advice.
I got my Ayami Kojima artbook in the mail and it is just blowing my mind. It’s even better than I imagined. I’m gonna learn so much.