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I've been drawing seriously with PDN since March of 2009. In an effort to keep myself accountable and pushing forward, here's an ongoing collection of my progress with paintdotnet.

All comments are welcome - even negative ones. Constructive criticism is even more welcome! I'm posting here to improve.

Day 1 - I salute alpha displacement:

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Obviously, I also learned to salute water reflection, mandelbrot fractals, and just about everything else I could toss onto this monstrous thing.

Week 1 - bearing the moon:

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This was created following Ash's wood stems tutorial. Since I had the wood stem, I had to pack all sorts of bloody potato around it...

Week 2 - Fried Eggs:

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I learned how to use shape3d, Rotate, and Bevel. It's easiest for me if try to create something realistic. It seems to really help me to fully anticipate how an effect will render.

Week 3 - Waterfall:

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Using Dents and Jitter to simulate acrylic painting. It didn't start that way... so the water doesn't match the style.

Week 3 - Feather:

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Making use of gradient bars, jitter, and inside-out.

April 12 - Garden Tub:

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(click for a larger version) - playing with greens and yellows, and becoming impressed with paint dot net. This started as a brick reflection pool, but I wasn't happy with the brick (didn't fit in the woods.) So I mapped it to a cylinder with shape3d and ran it through about a million filters to create a washtub.

April 15 - Moon Moth

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This is a collage of stock images from deviantart (moon, moth, chain) plus original elements created with pdn. Shape3d works great when you create a few diagonal lines, duplicate the layer, then render a half sphere map on each (with the x-axis rotation set to 180 on one layer.) Stick a layer in the middle and you've captured the moon!

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I've been drawing seriously with PDN since March of 2009. In an effort to keep myself accountable and pushing forward, here's an ongoing collection of my progress with paintdotnet.

All comments are welcome - even negative ones. Constructive criticism is even more welcome! I'm posting here to improve.

Day 1 - I salute alpha displacement:

flagtut.png

Obviously, I also learned to salute water reflection, mandelbrot fractals, and just about everything else I could toss onto this monstrous thing.

Week 1 - bearing the moon:

smallmoonscapesigned-1.png

This was created following Ash's wood stems tutorial. Since I had the wood stem, I had to pack stuff around it...

Week 2 - Fried Eggs:

fryingpan.png

I learned how to use shape3d, Rotate, and Bevel. It's easiest for me if try to create something realistic. It seems to really help me to fully anticipate how an effect will render.

Week 3 - Waterfall:

waterfallpng.png

Using Dents and Jitter to simulate acrylic painting.

Week 3 - Feather:

feather.png

Making use of gradient bars, jitter, and inside-out.

Thanks for stopping by!

Well... I can see improvement 8) .

Day1: I don't think fractals and the stripes and stars fit together :P

Day2: This one is really nice, the grass, the wather and the moon are looking really awesome.

Week2: THe egg really looks realistic. THe background is not so good... I think the flat pieces on the up and down side of the border don't fit with the rest of the image. The purple color also. But overall, it looks nice 8)

Week3: The waterfall is flat, (you can see in the middle-down that the river isn't deeper than an milimeter) but the effect is nice, it looks pretty realistic, the bushes look great... Very good :)

Week4: It looks very great. I would have used some other colours(rainbow :lol: ) I think, but it looks great, and I have nothing to add furthermore.

Keep up the work :wink:

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Thanks for the tips and for the encouragement, guys (and gals.) I really appreciate it!

We all have such great ideas. It's learning how to execute those ideas that takes time. :oops:

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Thanks, Mike! Colors are tricky for me - I'm mildly colorblind. I mix colors by RGB values. Otherwise it starts looking wicked heinous.

PS - I LOVE your new sig.

Edit: I neglected to thank goonfella (oops.) Thanks, man. I hope to get better at techo-realistic painting - or whatever you call it (3d modeling?) I'm working on a butterfly now.

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The garden tub has an oily paint feel to it. The theme is dark, balanced, and punctured by splashes of color. The only thing my eyes caught was the tall grasses leaning into the tub, and the reflection didn't pick that up. I think you have a talent for "acrylic-based" painting. Good work there, man.

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my fav is the garden tub. mainly because of the textures. I'm not generally liking dark pictures as I do not see that well but in this one the dark suits, and I think it is not so important to see off to the edges. the dark serves a purpose to keep my mind and my eye on main subject.

very nice gallery and I so look forward to the butterfly.!

ciao

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Thanks all for the encouragement, and the tips. I really appreciate them! Stormshadow - I see what you're saying. I'll work on the grasses behind the tub. I intended this to be a study in green, but I went back afterward and added yellow elements to fit the rule of thirds in an effort to add interest. I hope it worked!

Oma, I'm afraid the butterfly is giving me fits. I could paint it, but rendering it is a different animal. I need to learn more about pdn.

Don't we all? :D

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Thanks, Helen! Storm, I think Oma's advice is good. I've certainly been practicing, but it seems each technique I learn suggests a dozen more that might just be better. :lol:

I apologize for taking so long to reply. I've been out of town for a funeral.

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