View Full Version : Swan...Reflecttions and water

07-14-2009, 05:32 AM
Hello, trying to work on my water effects,
Any suggestions on what i can do to finish/improve what I've started here.


07-14-2009, 05:39 AM
That's a great Swan.
As for the reflections have you checked out water tutorials by Khalid and another one by Peter pinkeney?
they're there in the tips and tricks section as a sticky.

07-19-2009, 05:57 AM
Well done! Beautiful.... I think it just needs some blue water and wala. You might consider a round shoreline and trees... in the background. Other than that.......Wow!

07-23-2009, 03:49 AM
Thanks for the kind words...... I'll ahve to get on and finish it then :p

Peter Pinckney
07-23-2009, 04:57 AM

I'm originally from Portsmouth so we were neighbours!:D:D:D

Please excuse me for taking your painting without asking but at the moment my life is pretty frenetic...........too much to do and not enough time........I hope these images will help you..........the first lines were drawn/scribbled with the pencil at 1% size and precise on the rest is explained by the screenshots.........use the knife a little at a time to get the effect...........I hope this is of help to you and again excuse me for not asking permission to take the images:):):):):)

07-23-2009, 07:42 AM
Hello peter!

Well I've live in portsmouth for a few years!

Thanks for the tips

07-23-2009, 07:43 AM
Oh and ps i dont mind at all!

07-29-2009, 11:09 AM
Keep in mind that reflections tend to be shorter than their counterpart, because the water is not flat. Also since the water is not flat the reflection will not be flat either, think wavy, obviously :) Not bad for a start though, they are very hard to get the hang of and I still suck at reflections.

08-03-2009, 01:49 PM
my issue is with the angle of the ripples. The ripples on the far side of the swan appear to be at something like a 60 degree angle from the body of the swan, while the ones on the near side are closer to 30. Other than that, beautiful swan. I used to feed them as a little kid.

12-06-2009, 04:03 PM
reflections determine viscosity. so a tighter highlight is more waterey than a blurred highlight which would be common to a denser and softer liquid (like pancake batter). but I think that you need some depth in your water. reflection is not enough. think of what lies beneath and what is mixed in the liquid. it will help the perspective and when you can dress up the surface with highlights afterward and they may make more sense. good luck it is a challenging surface.