This knight is accompanied by his faithful Saint Bernard.
The best way to do it is to do your preliminary sketches only from photoreference, and your final sketch based on those. Then, don't look at the photographs again. Define your lightsource (or sources, if you have several), and always keep them in mind as you add highlights and shadows. Don't copy the lighting out of a photograph, whatever you do, especially if your photo was taken with a flash. It will be really, really obvious. Also, one place where a lot of people screw up is that they try to make their final image look as much like the original photo as possible. If you are going for photorealism, OK, this'll work. Otherwise, why on earth would you want to do that? It might seem easier to do on the surface, but making photorealism interesting is very, very hard.
i love your work.....really really love your work and i had a question... when you work from photo reference on these sorts of subjects how do you manage to keep a consistent and believable light source? it's a problem i've been dealing with for some time and it's making me hesitate to start my projects.
every picture has a window, a window to your soul
and what a fantastic knight - a really wonderful immage!!!!
This is the mightiest painting ive ever seen. The colors are truly amazing! One thing though... The dog just messes things up. It gives the picture a soft childish feeling, and that just ruins everything. Anyway, i love your work!
hay I likw it just change the lighting on the horse... ya I know... going for real...but I still would like to see the horse more....but keep up the good work
man, socar, I love your trees!
The dog and the forest really work for me, the horse is a bit to dark...ya I know shadow and lighting and all, but It would still be nice to see the horse wee bit more.
Keep up the good work
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