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Hello my friends, watchers and passing by visitors.

This will only be a short journal and only interesting for participants of the tournament.

You can still submit your entry for round 2 untill end of this week. Winners of round 2 will be announced
on saterday or sunday. 
Your entry for the last round has to be due on the 12th of May 2017.

The Themes:

The knights will have to make a surrealistic work this time!!

Knights1: theme: Insomnia
Knights2: theme: Alter Ego

The wizards 1 and 2 will have the same theme this time. Theme: The hour of the Witch
Your work has to be in the form of a bookcover.

The theme of the novice: A Knight's tale. inspired by this movie www.imdb.com/title/tt0183790/
Looking for a realistic scenery in medival style

Special league:

Visualize one of the seven deadly sins in tonal-style (ton sur ton ,only using nuances of a color!)


Greetz,
Ed
Hello my friends, watchers and passing by visitors 

For those who managed to create a work for round 1 for The Tournament, thanks for your effort and time.
The Quality of the works submitted is really amazing and surprising. Really hard to pick the winning entries!!
Unfortunately some participants haven't submitted a work for this round. Did visit their gallery and looked for it,
but could not find it. Also no one did use their golden ticket. So i will look into how the tournament-award for the most
succesful group can be awarded.


For the Best entry in the special league we need your vote!!

Theme: make a work representing spring and use a child, a moon and a pond in it.

Entries:

1                        2                      3
My Little World by Secretadmires       Spring Child by Shirokibo   SpringColors by ED-Creations

You can vote by giving a comment below  (1 ,2 ,or 3) or vote by note
Thanks in advance for taking the time to vote.



But for now, the winning entries for this round!!

(winners will receive their prize within two weeks from now)

A dream within a dream: Knight 1

 Between two worlds by Rui-Abel

Darkness against light: Knight 2

A Light In The Dark by Lolita-Artz



Landscape/scenery Lord of the Rings: 
Wizard 1

At the end of the world by MoAChuuuttt

 Landscape/scenery Alice in wonderland: Wizard 2

Wonderland Fashion Show by aaTmaHira


Dungeons & Dragons: Novice 

Revenge by aweldeng







All entries Round 1 Tournament

Knights 1

 
:icongwendolyn1: A Mermaids Dream - above the clouds by Gwendolyn1 
 :iconrui-abel:  Between two worlds by Rui-Abel
 :iconbenjaminhaley: Dream within a dream by BenjaminHaley  
 :iconslichoart:    Dreams Under The Sea by SlichoArt
 :iconanna-roberts:  Tsarevna's dream by Anna-Roberts

Knights 2

:iconstarfirearizona: Suffer the Children by StarfireArizona  
:iconhelenakiss:  light and darkness by HelenaKiss
:iconamethystmstock: The Dark Prince by amethystmstock
:iconmagicladycharm: No entry found
:iconlolita-artz: A Light In The Dark by Lolita-Artz

Wizards1

:iconlubov2001:  Elven valley by Lubov2001
:iconmoachuuuttt:  At the end of the world by MoAChuuuttt
:iconfairling: Paysage Seigneur des Anneaux by Fairling
:iconapelaths:  No entry found
:iconmichaelkrtikos: No entry found

Wizards2

:iconaatmahira:  Wonderland Fashion Show by aaTmaHira 
:iconjulianez:  Survive in wonderland by Julianez
:iconrenata-s-art: Falling to Wonderland by Renata-s-art
:icontheheek: Magical escapades by theheek
:iconevanscene: No entry found

Novice

:iconaweldeng: Revenge by aweldeng
:iconhlaurenf0216: No entrty found
:iconkarmarae: Roll Wisely by KarmaRae 
:iconsupersnappz16:  Dungeons And Dragons by supersnappz16
:iconnewbiephotoshop: No entry found


Themes Round 2

Knights 1: The strange concept of time
Knights 2 : Breach of reality

Wizards 1 : A victorian horrorstory
Wizards 2 : A American horrorstory

Novice: Future Perfect ( what would be a perfect future for mankind and our earth ?)

Special league: The past future (theme given by :iconsecretadmires: )  Meaning of this theme is that you had dreamt of certain future which remains unfulfilled, life went on and the future turned into a past!

Note me if you want more info or suggestions about your theme.

Your entry has to be due on april the tenth 2017

Good luck,

Your gamemaster Ed



Hello friends, watchers and passing by visitors.

This will be the first issue of the Critiquehour where i will be looking at 
the work of photomanipulationArtists.

Because this is the first issue, i will critique one of my own works. It's a 
fantasy landscape/mattepainting i made in juli of last year. At the time when i
was working on it, i was content with the endresult, but looking at it, a good
half year later, i discovered some things that really bothered me and so i did 
some repair and additions to it.

The work as it was juli 2016:

BluewizardsCastle by ED-Creations


Often it's a good thing to leave a finished or almost finished work for a while. When you work quite long and intensive at a work, your eyes and mind become
a bit numb and you don't see the things that are wrong or look odd. A good tip is to flip the canvas horizontally or even virtically to spot strange things in composition.
Did a good look at my work and discovered 9 points which could be improved:

BluewizardsCastle points to change by ED-Creations


1  Well it's called blue wizards Castle, so there has to be somesort of character in it that represents the wizard. I did choose a stock of a robbed monk, who is walking on a
stone bridge. When you compare the size of the wizard in relation to the castle, the wizard is a bit to large. He should be a good bit smaller to fit well inside the castle.

2  I put in some wildlife in this picture to give it some more life. Chosen for birds and deer.
    I used some dodge/burntechnique to give some highlights and shadows to the birds to give them a bit more depth and to make them stand out more. You can hardly spot it and it 
   could easily be mistaken as mist, but there is to much dodgingerror around the birds beak. Can be fixed easily to go the dodging/burning layer and erase the error or as i did paint some
   blue around the beak, sampling the blue mist.

3 The castle is built on a rock so i painted somesort of stone pathway to that somehow floats in the air. Quite unrealistic because it would collapse without proper support. In the ends version
   i painted two strange rocks that give support to this pathway. Was also a nice excersice in painting rocks and i could sample more accurate and convincing colors, so it looks quite acceptable.

4 Beneath the castle there is a meadow where 3 deer a looking for nice fresh gras. Well a thing i often see in manipulation, used the same deer 3 times flipped one horizontally and reduced the size
  a bit. Looks quite good and convincing, but all the deer have the same pose. Not that bad, but it's repetition-error which can be avoided, but taken some more time to cut-out a few more deer in different poses
  or use the puppetwarp-tool so you can change the pose a bit.


5 Oh yeah in juli i was just a bit experimenting with painting mountains and rock-structures, but didn't have a good brush to make them, so i made some highlighted line in the fog to simulate a rock-structure.
  Not that bad but in the final version i painted it better.

6 Another attempt of making rocks, mixing with stock, if i remember correctly. To be honest , they don't add to the overal mood and could better be erased. Did some erasing but left most of it, but it's still
   something that was a waste of time.

7 You may wonder what  that strange looking branches on the left and right are doing and what is their function!  Well i tried to give some direction for your eyes, beginning at the left along the a bit to blurred
   branch towards the wizard and  castle, and then going to the right to the blurred branch on the right ending at the orchids.
  
8  Although i liked the overal colors of this work, i decided to experiment with some adjustmentlayers in photoshop. I used a colormixer and a brightness/contrast-adjsutmentlayer to give the fog a more blue and so removed
   the overal yellow/greenish look. looks better for my liking, but i realize that your taste could be different, well what do you like better old or new!?

9 Last point i discovered that could need some attention was that some lines along the strange rocklike formations looked blurry due to using a to soft brush. So i repaired it a bit using the lassotool and paint a sampled color
within the selection to get some sharper edges.

Sure there a certainly more points to find that could be changed, but the critquehour is not about pixelhunting and telling you about all the things you could change or are wrong, but to motivate you to become better in photoshop
and to improve in skill.

Final version:

I did not change all the points mentioned, but here the  final version:

BluewizardsCastle FinalVersion by ED-Creations




If you are interested in a critique about a work already submitted or maybe a work in progress, well give me a note or comment and i will contact you for a upcoming issue.
I am also planning to give some more tips, how to adjust things so they blend better or how ways how to adjust shadow/ light etc.

Thanks for your time,

Greetings,
Ed

 
The Tournament by ED-Creations

Hello my friends, watchers and passing by visitors

First of all i want to thank everybody who has signed up to participate in "THE TOURNAMENT"
I was able to make 5 parties and promoted some to archers to compete with me in as special league.
Had to do this because of the number of people who wants to partcipate and otherwise i could not make 
balanced parties or had to leave some out.
If i have left someone out, excuse for this, think it wasn't clear you wanted to participate!!


Signing up for this tournament is now closed!! 




The Parties:

All parties will get a color: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Magenta

Red: 



Knight by ED-Creations  :icongwendolyn1: :iconstarfirearizona:           Wizard by ED-Creations  :iconlubov2001:   :iconaatmahira:      Novice by ED-Creations   :iconaweldeng:


Blue:

Knight by ED-Creations :iconrui-abel: :iconhelenakiss:                       Wizard by ED-Creations :iconmoachuuuttt:  :iconjulianez:         Novice by ED-Creations  :iconhlaurenf0216:



Green:


Knight by ED-Creations  :iconbenjaminhaley:  :iconamethystmstock:     Wizard by ED-Creations  :iconfairling:  :iconrenata-s-art:        Novice by ED-Creations  :iconkarmarae:


Yellow:

Knight by ED-Creations  :iconslichoart: :iconmagicladycharm:                  Wizard by ED-Creations  :iconapelaths:  :icontheheek:          Novice by ED-Creations  :iconsupersnappz16:


Magenta:


Knight by ED-Creations :iconanna-roberts:  :iconlolita-artz:                Wizard by ED-Creations :iconmichaelkrtikos: :iconevanscene:   Novice by ED-Creations   :iconnewbiephotoshop:


Specialleague:

:iconshirokibo:  :iconsecretadmires:  :iconed-creations:


Knights and wizards pay attention!! If i put your icon first behind the gamecard you will be knight 1 of wizard 1 the other will be knight 2 or wizard 2 


ROUND 1
 
Knight 1 will compete  in the arena against eachother : Theme: Create a Dream within a dream
Knight 2 will compete  in the arena against eachother : Theme: Darkness against light


Wizard1 will compete in the arena against eachother   : Theme: Create a  epic landscape/scenery, lord of the rings-style
Wizard2 will compete in the arena against eachother   : Theme: Create a  colorfull landscape/scenery, Alice in wonderlandstyle

Novice   will compete in the arena against eachother   : Theme: Dungeons and dragons

For a theme for the specialleague i will need a suggestion from :iconshirokibo: for this round, hope you will note me!!
(round 2 :iconsecretadmires: can pick the theme and last round i will pick one)


SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER!

Try to approach your given theme open and creative. You are free to browse DA for examples of art already made with the theme,
but avoid to copycat it. I know it's hard and not being a hypocryt are also influenced by things submitted, so won't judge it to hard.

Novices will be jugded on developing their skills, so i will look at things like blending, composition, colorcorrection etc but only mildly.

Wizards will ofcourse be judged on their photoshopskills and usage of the program, but also how close they adapt the theme.
If they make a scenery where most is about the character in it or wrong format, that will cost them points.

The knights will be judged hardest, because i must assume you now all (well a lot) about lighting, shadows compostion and blending.
Specially i will look at how creative they are and how much the are able to leave their comfortzone.

Things you should avoid!!

I knowe some artist on DA are using the oilpaintfilter to give it a special look, but to be honest really hate it when it's overdone.
That also counts for other artistic-filters!! 
If you want to paint shadows or make them otherwise, be carefull with the dropshadow-FX in photoshop. It often does not match good.
Also pay some attention to the size of things you put in. (Large birds in the background!)
Sometimes it is better to crop your work  to get more focus on the mainsubject(s) and do not put flying doves, jackdaws, ravens in some
forgotten corner, no get rid of the empty space!!

Hope you all are ready for this competition and if you have questions or other things you want to share, comment here or note me.

Your entry has be due for the first of march 2017. I will open folders in my groups :iconmanipulationhelpdesk: and :icontrueheartsclub:
Members can submit to it and otherwise note me so i can request it.

Greeting,

Your Gamemaster Ed
 

  
Hello my friends,

I want to introduce and try out  the critique-hour. Well not going to claim the credits for the idea, because it's something i stumbled on youtube,
while searching for tutorials about mattepainting. 


A really amazing person (istebrak.deviantart.com/) gives critiques and helps people who have a passion for digital painting.
I really enjoy looking at her youtube-vids and learned a lot about lighting, composition and other stuff we photomanipulators also have to consider,
when making a work.

I must admit that i haven't a degree in art or visited an artschool. Plunged in making photomanipulations 8 years ago and reached a decent level by now.
Well have a teachersdegree in agriculture and gardenlandscaping and have a good eye for things in manips that can be fixed to make it better or more realistic.

So i would like to start the critique-hour once a week starting from next week.

I would prefer to hold it on wednesdays from 20.00 hours until 22.00 hours ( UTC +1.00 hours)

Don't know if it will work, but want to try it using the shoutbox, where i assume others can also type in it. Don't know how much you can type in, but that's something
to try out.

A other possibility is, you put your work in your stash, give me a link to it, so i can download it and make notes on it.
After that i will make a journal about it.

During the critiquehour i will try to point out the things that can be fixed in your works. Things like:

Lightingproblems
Composition
Blending of stock
Using adjustmentlayers 
What to do about shadows
Etc.

Well if you are interested, comment here or note me i will contact you asap.


Here  a preview from the project i am working on rightnow (still a lot to add and  adjust, but it looks promissing so far)
WitchForest by ED-Creations


Greetings,
Ed

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