A small note: I did not do anything for the sky, as it is supposed to be a sunrise, and I do not know how to draw one with pencil (skywise) I know that objects are set in high contrast, casting long shadows etc. I could not find any tutorials on the internet. If anybody could give me some tips or direct me to a tutorial that would be wonderful. Thanks.
Drawn on cheap (although pretty good) paper with free pencils that came with the cheap, pretty good paper
I really need to invest in some new equipment for sketching don't I?
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But it is sad, that this work is uncolored(
Well posed, too. I also like the roughness of the texture, adds to the mood.
If you mean drawing clouds, well it's a bit hard to do. But you'd get something like this:
The sky that is nearing the horizon will have dispersed light, hence the yellow haze.
High up, the colour will shift to the blue. With regards to shading, you could just make the horizon a bit hazier and slightly more shaded than the upper part of the sky. Plus you get a very narrow beam reflecting on the ocean.
How the light interacts with the sky really depends on the clouds. If you have a thick blanket, you will get some sort of triangular distribution of light. If there are only clouds at the horizon, then you will see them illuminated and some kind of kind of disc-shaped area of light will appear. You can see it here a bit:
The real trick is to use your 'white' sparingly. The shading could be a bit darker; it would make the lighter parts pop out more.
Other than that, it's a bit tricky. I'd probably shade the skies with H1-H2 pencils and the dark parts with 4B+
The falloff area around the sun is what makes it pop out. The brightest parts in the drawing are the sun and its reflection. Those should be the parts that are most white, the rest would be a bit less shaded. Now the sky looks equally lit as the sun itself
Regarding equipment. I'd say, buy pencils when you feel like you're missing a shade. It's fine if you just have an all-round pencil for anything, one for deep darks (6B-4B) and a hard one for lighter shades, like 2H.
I've actually gone back to that painting that crashed. I've added plenty of detail as it's set to a very high resolution. I think I need a new computer though... It takes a couple of minutes to load compared to the usual 3-4 seconds.
I have two sets of pencils. One came in a sketching kit, and the other actually came with an A3 sketchpad. I use both since the set in the kit has smaller increments, but lower range of pencil hardness (2H to 6B) and the free one goes from 4H to 8B, but misses some of the other grades in between. I probably just need to get a much higher quality set with it's own box and includes all different types...
Don't fall into the trap of buying expensive pencil kits. Really. You'll end up not using 80% of the kit at first anyway. Getting more expensive pencils is only useful if you really notice faults in the pencils you are currently using, like inconsistent leads or damaged graphite. The more expensive pencils usually just have graphite of a higher purity and a fancy box. But such things are nuances rather than a difference of day and night. (Then again, if the kit you're currently using -is- bad enough that it bothers you, then do get some, but start with a small range of pencils. You'll be able to learn them more focused as you gain experience and then expand your kit as you see fit.)
Oh well, tweaking it on the computer is fine, most scanners make everything very washed out and cold anyway. I always use a lamp with warm light to get that orange effect when I need it. But that's mainly because I don't like scanners xD (But sometimes, scanners are better because they suffer less from reflections on the graphite like lamps/cameras do. They just require a bit of editing in PS afterwards.)
Crashing programs? Boo, learn to love ctrl-s (save) a lot. xD
I've made a habit of pressing that keycombination every x minutes. But are you really sure the computer is that unstable? Did you try to google whether other users of artrage are experiencing similar problems?
Also, if the resolution truly is that high, try putting it down a bit, you might be on a memory limit. Like, don't leave it at 6949×4565! That's ridiculously high! Honestly, it gets compressed down to a smaller size on the web anyway. Having your original at 2560x1600 or something like that is already high. Scanners upscale the resolution in a raw way. Besides, if you don't have so much detail in your images, you won't need to have such high resolutions; they will only hog down your computer.
(To put it into perspective, most vfx-cinematics in the cinema have texturemaps of about 4k (4096*4096), so your 6k is highly overkill xD)
If loading times are your issue, it's most likely just your harddrive being a bit slow, if the program doesn't stutter/lag after you've loaded it completely it shouldn't be that much of an issue.
Anyway, whenever you get a pc, try to stay away from Intel Graphics...their processors are fine, but their graphics cards are bad. Dedicated graphics are much more reliable.
[Reason for edit: Saw the original resolution size and edited opinion.]
I did a bit of research into some PCs. There is a decent priced one with an intel core 2 quad processor, nvidia graphics (2gb) which is pretty hefty, 1tb hard drive, and 8gb of ram. it's around £220. Do you think that's any good? I only have experience with AMD components. Funny how we are discussing computers on an art site. I suppose it's related to digital art.
My main point is that you shouldn't burn like 20 bucks xD Save yourself some money then.
AMD/Nvidia is a matter of price/performance.
But unless I can see the type number (8800GT/gtx260/gtx450, etc) I can't really tell.
The memory on a card says the least about its performance.
hmm, the core 2 quad processors are quite old already, but honestly for 220 pounds it is a steal, depending on the brand (!), the case and the graphics card.
(I put the case there because small cases/small form factors tend to overhead rather quickly.
What does the bluescreen tell you? Any error codes? (Win8 should say something like:
: ( blablalba error blalabalba restart; search for this error: DRIVER_UNLOADED_WITHOUT
(The driver_ part is just an example, can be eany error.)
Out of personal preference I still need to say that custom built PC's are superior to branded ones, but for that price there's barely competition because the cheapest custom built is still going to cost around 400 pounds ._. and then you also need to go through the hassle of building it yourself.
Is your current PC old and perhaps full of dust? A lot of problems are caused by too much dust building up in the pc leading to stagnant air and thus overheating issues. Do crashes occur after an arbitrary amount of using the pc for intensive tasks?
Oh don't worry about discussing computers ^-^ I built mine too.
For the price it seems fair, given it is an older model. But whether to take it or not is a decision you need to make for yourself because:
1. Invest now and have less to invest later.
2. Have more to invest later and deal with issues now.
I'd say, try to see what the problem is with your monolith. Maybe try to combine parts of the monoliths. That's how I survived mine. I took memory and other parts from one case and stuffed them in a single one which made that one better.
But my main point is that imho it's better to get something you'll use for 3-6 years. I built mine in 2010 and it's still able to perform top of the line: dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/67…
And I too started with a monolith xD Pentinum II, grey box. After that, dell dimension 8300, pentinum IV, darker grey box.
Then I found out about building computers and I've decided never to buy a branded pc again
The step from 250 pounds to 450 might be a bit steep for you now, but it pays off in the end because the system will last much longer.