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    This Old...tree...

    Played around today with textures and colors. I felt like painting a tree, something old and gnarly.
    Not quite there with mastering the textures how I want in Artrage. This would've looked different (better?) in acrylics.
    Anyway, love to hear some feedback if you have any.
    Oh, and here's a video of the painting from start to finish. http://youtu.be/vgHZL1Og23k

    study of an old tree. http://youtu.be/vgHZL1Og23k is the video of my painting it.

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    It is very lovely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by byroncallas View Post
    It is very lovely.
    Thanks Byron! Not the same level as my traditional artwork but I hope to get it there. A little frustrating that I can't get the more painterly look and less computer look. Not sure what I need to do for this.

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    Really like the texture on the tree, well done
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    I second that, nice texture on the tree, good use of lighting.
    Geoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by coops View Post
    Really like the texture on the tree, well done
    Thanks Coops! I was worried I had over done it with the texture but I think it's starting to get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by limey-g View Post
    I second that, nice texture on the tree, good use of lighting.
    Geoff
    Thanks Geoff! I was really trying to get that old bark feel.

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    It's not as bad as all that. I kinda like it for what it became.

    As to your frustration with it not looking like hand done acrylics, I don't really know your style, but I think there's something in the choice of tools as you go. You can probably see that there lots of people who get painterly looks if you browse some of the galleries. It's probably just a matter of getting some mileage under your belt with the program and things will begin getting more deliberate for you.

    I think one thing that some people do is to mush paint around at the beginning and then tighten up as they shape it up. That might be more of an oil technique, but it does seem to get away from a computer tooled look. This painting looks like it was done quickly and slowing down sometimes helps the finesse aspect.

    There are a number of video tutorials on Youtube that might give you some ideas. Not all may be what you're looking for, but they're possibilities from which you can shortcut your experimentation process.

    Any, enjoy it all. Fun ride.
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    I like your painting. It has a very nice background and the main tree is well done., good texture on it. And, it has boldness and weight. Not wimpy like some paintings.
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