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The Extinguished Light

By VonBrrr
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Not really sure what this image is or what it represents. Just a chance to paint with night time overly blue saturated colours. Again trying to improve digital painting skills which is a weakpoint of mine currently :P.

Created with Corel Painter oils and pencil brushes.
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This is amazing! :O

You've certainly come a long way with your digital painting skills; the brushstrokes here look great, very painterly, and the sky in particular is excellent, not least because of the swirling clouds. The colours are all spot-on, very atmospheric; it really looks like nighttime, and one feels like one is almost in the image. The figures and rocks are weak points I think... when highlighting try to treat rocks as large masses rather than concentrating on small areas at a time (this is something it's taken me ages to get right :P).

The narrative sense is very strong indeed, and you don't need to say anything for people to instantly get what's going on and make up their own story for it. I get a Sherlock Holmes vibe from it.

Needless to say, the perspective is spot-on, and the oar coming out of the picture plane like that really helps to pull the viewer into the image. The forceful perspective of the lighthouse draws the eye up, and the arc of swirling cloud stops the eye wandering too far up.
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Thanks :). I agree the characters do let this down unfortunately - I should really stop drawing them without reference lol. I'm glad you got a Sherlock Holmes vibe of the image - that was what I was going for - I'm assuming you've spotted the discreetly placed bald gun gunman in the painting?

I'm probably veering away from Corel now however, although it works in some cases - it usually takes me twice as long to plaint something on Corel as it would with Photoshop. Also Photoshop allows cheating with custom brushes lol.
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I think some reference drawing for characters would be a great thing for you to do, just as studies to increase your confidence and ability. But yea, using reference in images like this is always a good idea too. I didn't actually notice the gunman before you mentioned him; he's very discreet indeed, you're great at the kind of art where one can keep finding more things the more one looks. =p

Custom brushes can be a boon indeed. :P