View Full Version : This Is Killing Me

02-03-2009, 11:23 PM
So. I've been working on this picture. Or rather, I was working on this picture over Christmas and I was really into it, but I hit a stumbling block and now I have no idea where to go. I pulled it up today, and it definitely doesn't feel complete at all, but I have no idea what I really want to add.

My main goal was to just see how large and how much detail I could add to a picture that I'd be doing from scratch.

Here it is (ignore my watermark):


To fully view the MASSIVE image (If people still use 56k, don't click here):


If you have a DeviantART account and would rather leave comments there, fell free to use this link: http://theseeker417.deviantart.com/art/A-Lost-World-111744032

02-03-2009, 11:42 PM
Your massive image doesn't fit my monitor :(

I was wondering what happened with you and this picture, but I honestly can't think of any advice to give you on what to add to it.

02-03-2009, 11:46 PM
His kind eyes and reassuring smile should be integrated in this piece.

Det. Bart Lasiter
02-03-2009, 11:56 PM
Do you perhaps have a watermark-less image to use as a wallpaper?

02-04-2009, 01:19 AM
I don't want to release a wallpaper until I'm sure its finished, haha.

Det. Bart Lasiter
02-04-2009, 01:31 AM
Hmm... well, you could add lighting to the buildings, add a bit more color to the galaxies, stars, and nebulae, and maybe add different types of grass to it. I really like it as-is though.

02-04-2009, 01:52 AM
look at the size of that thing! :o

02-04-2009, 03:06 AM
I call for moon-lit accents. Like, you know how you can see the reflective light of the moon off shiny leaves? Add those in... maybe. They'd probably be pretty tough to get right, cause they could probably look messy if you're not careful. Same thing for the buildings, light outlines and such...

02-04-2009, 03:10 AM
well, you could add lighting to the buildings

I agree with this, other than that I'd say it looks brilliant.

02-04-2009, 10:34 AM
I think it looks great Wally, lights on the buildings is the only thing I can really think of to add as well.

02-04-2009, 10:39 AM
I like it as well. :) The buildings in the background kinda don't fit the overall theme of the picture though.

My advice would be to remove them or make them more 'alive' maybe with more detail or a different color.

02-04-2009, 05:16 PM
It needs a Stargate! :p Looking awesome so far.

Dath Maximus
02-04-2009, 06:42 PM
it needs a raccoon

02-04-2009, 07:09 PM
the planet/moon in the background would be better suited as a death star getting ready to fire the superlaser!

02-04-2009, 07:24 PM
Thanks for all the feedback!

I actually really like the lighting around the buildings idea. I tried it before and I liked it, but because of the way that the layers and the layer styles were ordered it was impossible to get right. I'll go back and give it a shot, I suppose.

I showed it to my computer graphics teacher and he said that with the tree on the left and the Child kind of dividing the image in half, the right seems somewhat lacking. He suggests either adding another subject on the right (maybe flying birds or another, smaller tree/plants?) or moving the child to the right, just a bit off center.


Det. Bart Lasiter
02-04-2009, 07:46 PM
I don't know if you should add anything too overt to the foreground, it would disrupt the silhouette/minimalist feel to it and lessen the contrast to the detail in the background. Taller grass, plants (similar to the ones at the base of the tree) or anything of that sort could work though. I also think moving the child around would disrupt the focus, I guess, of it. Honestly though, I can't think of much else to add to it, even the buildings have subtle details when you look closely at them, and it's pretty amazing.

02-04-2009, 07:47 PM
Between adding birds or another tree to the right side, I'd say I like the idea of birds more, as I think having another tree would not look very natural to have the boy standing perfectly between them. I like the child staying in the center personally.

02-05-2009, 04:37 AM
I like the child staying in the center personally.


Please take a seat.

Det. Bart Lasiter
02-05-2009, 05:03 PM
no wine coolers here, pedo-man

02-05-2009, 06:11 PM
Lets take a look in your bag...

You brought paint, brushes, an easel, a canvas, shovels, a watering can, fertilizer, an entire tree sapling in your truck, and a cage of ten white doves. But in your other bag you have four bottles of 40oz Olde English, 2 boxes of Trojan Twisted Pleasure Condoms and two dozen various sex toys.

What the **** were you planning to do tonight?


02-07-2009, 04:04 PM
Looks great to me, Wally :)