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Landscapes by Xamag Landscapes by Xamag
Recently :iconthewafflefactory: asked me for critique. The picture on the left is theirs, and while looking at it, I realized that often my backgrounds have similar mistakes, since I'm not yet good at them either. So I decided to put this here to help all of us figure it out. 0u0

First of all, these clouds are cool, though I'd give them more cartoony look to match the trees. Sky colors are nice, too.
The trees are cute, but if they're all similar, it gets boring. Make some trees shorter or thicker, bend them, play with the crown.
The most noticeable thing here is perspective: you see there's quite a distance between the red and the yellow ones, and yet the yellow seems even BIGGER (sure that's possible if in fact it's much more larger than the red tree, but looks weird anyway) Moreover, don't forget that the futher objects are from us, the more transparent they become, so the purple tree is too vivid.
The landscape may seem to be kind of deserted, because everything you can see is bare soil and trees. Add grass, bushes, flowers, more trees, birds, butterflies, forest in the distance, small town, whatever is your purpose!
As for colors: try not to use black for shadows, especially when you have such bright light. Plus, remember that when light is warm (yellow), shadows are cold (blue) and vice versa.

The right picture is how I would draw that landscape, considering everything stated above. I guess I learned something useful today 8D
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mouseanderson Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great piece.
Vyperion Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So is that how shading always works? The shading will be tinted the opposite color of the light? Because I never know what color to use for shading.
Xamag Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I was constantly told that in my art school, though I don't always follow that rule XD
SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist
Awesome :D you're so talented~
artnerdx Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist inspired :O
Choppywings Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this beyond words.
goobfishy-is-i Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
You've learnt that you're a badass artist, right? Tell me that's what you've learnt
JubliantTroo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I like your version of the background a whole lot. Excellent choice of colors!:')
Ahhh I just love your art and how colorful it is- the texture on the path looks fantastic too! beauuutiful picture~
It's just that it conveys a totally different atmosphere and feeling than the original one, which indeed IS rather lonely, yet hopeful in some way. There could/should be things added but rather rougher things like rocks or maybe some structure (craters?) in the ground.
Just a personal suggestion though~
Xamag Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I didn't know author's original idea, so that's just my vision. It can be whatever we want, right? :з
alittleofsomething Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Вот так мы и учимся друг у друга :D Попробую эти советы в будующих рисунках спасибо с:
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