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Test painting inspired by Daniel Lieske by noahboapoa Test painting inspired by Daniel Lieske by noahboapoa
One of my first test paintings I did, inspired by Daniel Lieske.
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Djake Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the feel of this piece - dreamy and whimsical like a children's book.
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noahboapoa Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Its my first try since a long time. Needs a lot of improvement, but its a start.
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Djake Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As artists, we tend to be hardest on our own work.  ^^ While there may be a few things short in the technical aspect of the image, the overall feel and composition make up for it, IMHO.
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noahboapoa Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you give me some advise maybe so I can improve the painting?
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Djake Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm…  I'm a bit of a novice myself, but I'd happy to offer what insight I can.
The main thing I see "wrong" (from a technical standpoint, that is; I quite like the image as it is) would be the direction of lighting.  The light on the moss/foliage and on the people seems to indicate that the source is coming from a low angle source that is behind and to the right of the "camera" - assuming it were a photo, and not a drawn image.  On the other hand, the humans' shadows are extending behind them, as if the light source were in the vicinity of the waterfall.  Furthermore, there seems to be a secondary light source lighting the background (the hazy bluish growth in the rear), but this source seems to cast no "halo" on the foreground as it normally would, nor does it affect the waterfall.  In short, when creating an image, my advice is to remember where the light is coming from and choose your hues accordingly.  Shadows, of course, will naturally fall to the other side of that source, allowing for definition and depth.
Another small critique (and this is merely my own personal aesthetics) relates to the vignette you used at the top of the image.  Personally, I love vignettes for drawing attention to the subject; but I would recommend either using it around the entire image as a sort of border, or not using it at all.  To do something in-between only makes it look like there's a black mist in the picture.  On the other hand, it does sort of make the vibrant green mossy stuff pop out, so I frame this (no pun intended) as a suggestion, rather than a real criticism.
Now for the good stuff!  :D 
Your vibrant colours and hazy brushes make for a very dream-like feel.  The colour choices also serve well to give a feeling of depth - the bright hues in front fading to the hazy blue in the rear.  I also like the almost surrealistic feel to the piece.  The foliage and wood looks very natural - right down to the little blue fern in the foreground - and the people look like folks you might see in snapshots of someone's camping trip - right down to the way they tie their packs.  That realism serves to make the more fantastic elements of the piece feel more "real" and personal.  
As I said before, I like this picture a lot.  Really, the inconsistencies of lighting an so on may be technically incorrect, but I think the jumbled feeling just adds to that dream-image feeling from before - as if the scene were pulled together in someone's fantasy from a bunch of different exotic pictures.  On the whole, very well done!  In my humble opinion the only difference between your quality and that of Lieske (whom I didn't know about before, by the way; thank you!) is practice.  Keep bringing images like these, and I'm certain you'll get there.
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noahboapoa Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the feedback. This helps me a lot. I agree with the light problems. I also think that the overall contrast could have been done more interesting. The painting is a little flat.

Nice that you like the atmosphere so much. Finished another cheesy painting by the way. Uploaded it allready to my gallery.
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Djake Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Given some of the factors in the image (all the vegetation, the waterfall kicking off mist, etc.) I think the lack of contrast is a good thing; it lends a diffuse feeling to the light in the image.  More contrast (in my humble opinion) would detract from that.
I'll be sure to check out your new pic!  I'm hoping to have one of my own to post as well - hopefully by the end of the weekend.
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noahboapoa Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok nice, I'm looking forward to your post!
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