I hope I’m doing this correctly. I’m new to this forum, but I’ve been dabbling in Bryce for about 2 years and Daz for 7 years. Most of the items were exported from Daz to Bryce. I added my moon (from a photo I took) and the Jack-o-lantern and the frame in Paint Shop Pro.
Here is my work in progress, “The Van Pyre’s Halloween”. (Is the title too cheesy?)
Feedback, positive or negative, is appreciated.
The cat needs a bit of work yet. I haven’t decided if I like the choice of water. I wanted something still enough to get a good reflection, but not so much that you can’t see that it’s even there. Every other water or water adjustment I tried looked really bad, so I stuck with this one for now.
Goofygrmom3...I’m not real happy with the witch. I want to try and make her better.
Looks good, but…ooooh….messing with witches is not advised, especially at this time of year
Sean...colours are very nice – the window is a great focal feature. I think you’re right on the water reflective/still point; it might be that it’s causing confusion between where actual objects (tree, balustrade…etc.,) end and where their reflection begins. Wonder would adding some kind of ripple to the water, or dulling it down a bit, work? As for the cat – nope, works for me, anyway.
Will have to get something started for this WIP thread…ideas…emmmm…ah!
That really is a fine picture. Lighting and colours are marvellous, also the expression and gestures of the girls, the lady and even the cat looks perfectly right for me. I like the textures and the materials. From a technical point of view there is hard to find anything to improve. The only thing you have already mentionned by yourself might be the water. One point here is the dark rim below the bannister of the balcony just above the water. you can not find it on the wall on the left side.
Another thing is the composition. Don’t get me wrong please I critisize here on a very high level. I thought, what is the main thing in your picture. The title suggest it is the lady and the girls, but in my opinion it is this marvellous window. It looks really great, but it also takes the focus a bit away of the figures. Especially the two girls and foremost the left one get a bit lost in this scene. But of course this is a matter of taste, too. Another thing and here I am really nitpicking: the bannister has always a gap after three columns. No one would build it this way .
@electro-elvis, no worries, your comments did not sound too harsh. I did indeed ask for opinions.
I’m working on some minor changes. The cat’s tail got darkened a hair. I’m going to move the branches slightly, and maybe I will add the solid railing top. I hadn’t seen that dark line by the water on only one side; I took it out to fix it at first, then decided the shadow helped define the line between the water and reflection, so then I added some extra stonework back in to emphasize that, and made sure to put it ALL the way across. I’m still thinking about what to do with the water material though.
@mermaid0, the spiderweb is on the left side of the image, on the stair columns down and to the left of the light fixture. Oddly it’s invisible in the default forum image post, (maybe the lines are just too thin), but if you click on the image for the larger version, then it becomes visible.