Leafycat Picture Collection
#1
Cash and concise curation for all of these leafycats please.

1. Battle Scarred Leafycat 1
2. Leafycat Basking in Sunlight
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#2
1. Battle Scarred Leafycat 1
[Image: IMG_20190404_214339.jpg]
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#3
2. Leafycat Basking in Sunlight (Photo Manipulation)
[Image: leafycat.png]

Source images:
https://www.google.com/search?hl=en-SG&t...nMiBD3uvYM:
https://www.google.com/search?hl=en-SG&b...E7-5hjbS3M:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:...or_(5).jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:..._trees.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:...73254).jpg

Proof (background removed, ear's position changed):
https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/5..._proof.png
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#4
(04-05-19, 06:33 AM)W32Coravint Wrote: 1. Battle Scarred Leafycat 1
[Image: IMG_20190404_214339.jpg]

pokeballLeafeon! pokeball 
Things you did well:
  • You've got Leafeon's major details! I recognized this as a Leafeon right away, and I can see each anatomical detail that you worked to put in, including the front, back, chest, head, and leg leaves.
  • You've got a great sense of narrative going on! From the sharp red of the blood, to the slight hunch of Leafeon's shoulders, to the flat top of the harrowed eyes, you've created a narrative that this Leafeon has, quite frankly, has just had one heck of a time. The overall sketchiness of the background makes the whole thing seem pretty eerie as well.
  • Despite having limited color options, you portray different color in the scene very well! I can see some softer yellow that gives the impression of Leafeon's beige. Pastel/light tones like that are very difficult with pen, and you managed to create that! As aforementioned, the bright red is striking atop the beige impression, and the way that you've incorporated a ton of different shades of green (or, rather, have given the impression of different shades by mixing the black, neon green, and dark green pens) is really nice.

Things you could improve on:
  • Carry Leafeon's shadow throughout the other objects. Whatever is casting that deep, black diagonal shadow from the Leafeon should also be casting it from the trees--it seems like most of the ground should, in this case, be in shadow. This honestly would make a neat opportunity to up the eeriness of this work, as that seems a mood that you were going for. Carrying these deep shadows across the ground and onto certain parts of Leafeon's body (like underneath the chin where you have it, but also on the stomach, on certain parts of the legs, etc.) would make her lighter pelt and the cuts on it really stand out. The eyes would work great with that, also!
  • Take a little more time to think about the direction you draw in with the pen, and how that direction relates to the texture of the object. You used this really well in places like the trees, where the sharp verticals make them stand out nicely as solid pillars of wood, and the grass, where the vertical lines come across well as blades. Carry this direction into the leaves, as well! The leaf detail on the left tree has some crosshatching diagonals overlapping, but that technique fails to communicate the texture of the leaves. Try more round, bushy bunches of arcs to give the impression of clumps.
  • When working in an immutable medium like pen, plan out your scene, then work from the front to the back on the background. There are a few spots where different objects transparently overlap seemingly unintentionally, like the bush behind Leafeon and the strokes that overlap the base of the tree on the left. With pen, you want to start from the front and work your way back, since layering pen from back to front can make it difficult to block background objects with foreground ones. I'd definitely recommend doing a brief sketch in pencil first to ever-so-lightly build out what's in front of what, and then going back and filling it in. Mediums like this take a bit more planning!
  • Define a little more solid forms! Some of your sketchiness hurt how well we understand the background--the rightward copse of trees in the background start to get a little confusing due to their sketchiness. The stray strokes flying from the trunks takes away from their solidness. While stray strokes are good for things like spindly branches and leaves, they don't do as well for creating thick, structured things like trunks. Define the edges a little more so we know what we're looking at and where!

pokeball Final Verdict pokeball
Overall, I really enjoy the boldness of this work and the branch out in medium to work with pen, even limited pen. This was difficult to place--the overall messiness of the pen work makes it seem a little rushed, hurting it a little bit. You have a decent figure, even if some of its details could be more prominent, with a bit of an underlying narrative present in the work, and you managed to make it all work, in a way. Right now, I'm going to place this at Simple, $5,000 in cash. I may revisit this in just a little bit, because I think it's a really high Simple, but I'll sleep on it and let you know if you end up with more cash!
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#5
(04-05-19, 06:38 AM)W32Coravint Wrote: 2. Leafycat Basking in Sunlight (Photo Manipulation)
[Image: leafycat.png]

Source images:
https://www.google.com/search?hl=en-SG&t...nMiBD3uvYM:
https://www.google.com/search?hl=en-SG&b...E7-5hjbS3M:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:...or_(5).jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:..._trees.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:...73254).jpg

Proof (background removed, ear's position changed):
https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/5..._proof.png

I was super excited to see/curate this since I love photomanipulations, and love giving critique on 'em!!

pokeballLeafeon! pokeball 
Things you did well:
  • Good cutouts! For the most part, you did well on removing the cat and the leaves from their backgrounds. The edges seem smooth, with only a little bit of artifact from the cat's previous background. The time you took to cut these out neatly paid off!
  • Nice recolors! I can see you attempted to unify the different leaves to the same green so that they matched on the Leafeon's form, and that you gave the cat fur itself a touch of beige to emulate Leafeon's. These are nice touches and features that help Leafeon remain recognizable!

Things you could improve on:
  • Choose photos that are explicitly stock. While I didn't deduct from you for this here necessarily, I do want to make the recommendation to use photos that are explicitly stock. Wikimedia Commons is a good place to take from, but many Google results are copyrighted, even if you use their filter--it gets it wrong, sometimes. My favorite place for stock photos are Unsplash, Flickr (search something -> change 'any license' to 'modifications allowed'), and DeviantArt (linked to the Stock Art section, but always check terms of use). It's important to only use images that you are allowed to use!
  • Choose stock that requires you to do as little editing as possible. Here, you put a great deal of effort into warping and drawing on the leaves to match Leafeon's design. Take a little more time to find images that match Leafeon's leaves already. For example, maybe you could have used a third of a maple leaf for the ears--you could cut it from the main leaf in a way that creates the slight waviness of the ear, and also get the jaggedness without editing. The less direct editing you have to do other than cutting something out, the more real it'll seem. There are plenty of pictures of leaves curling while they're falling that would work well for the curling leaf details on its body, too! The same goes for the way you've stretched things here--the human eye is really good at recognizing when something is over-skewed or stretched, and this happens with the leaves here.
  • Choose stock that has somewhat matching lighting or neutral lighting. The cat image that you chose is pretty over-exposed, with a lot of detail lost where the light hits its white fur. Already having a lot of lighting on a photo creates more stuff to change, and more details to recreate and have to convincingly fake. Here's a good example of a white cat that still has detail on the highlights of its fur. It's high quality, and if you zoom in on the highlights, you can still see a little bit of the fur detailing that you can bring out with a little increase in contrast. Since it's a presumably cloudy day in the stock, it gives you a lot of room to add in your own highlights and shadows since there aren't any sharp shadow lines or blown-out whites to try to edit out first.
  • Think about how things would "realistically" translate to real life. For example, Leafon's ear canal probably wouldn't just be a dark spot on a leaf. If you wanted to get a little more creative and move away from the idea that it's just one leaf, perhaps the leafy outer ear is multiple layered leaves, while the inner ear is a different type or color of leaf mixed in. Or on a real cat, maybe the cat's actual ear isn't replaced at all--it's just a regular cat ear but with leaves extending from the ear, similar to how elves have pointed ears but with leaves. It's also worth taking more time on the way things join, like where the leaves meet the fur--draw in the fur butting up against the bottom of the leaves! Details like this take a little more work, but it's what sells you on the realism of it!
  • Use fuzzy edges for fuzzy things! There's a little bit of the cat's background still lingering on the edges of its furrier parts, like in front of its ears/above its muzzle and on its chest. My best recommendation is to mask the edge of soft things, like fur, out with a fuzzy brush, since cutting out individual strands usually doesn't look great, while trying to preserve the fur edges leaves you with the dark bits you have here. Then, go back and draw in the fur. DeviantArt has an amazing wealth of fur-drawing tutorials. My best recommendation is a 1 to 2px soft or semi-soft brush. Lay down a base color layer picked from the fur it's attached to, then color pick and layer on highlights and shadows to try to match the fur edges you had to get rid of.
  • Match the contrast of your surroundings and background. Your leaves are really pale and detail-less in comparison to the foreground and background. Part of this is contrast--the darks on the leaf aren't as dark as the things around it, like on the cat and the background--and part of this is your skewing/over-stretching and coloring removing some of the detail. When recoloring with a Hue layer or a Hue/Saturation filter, I recommend going back over it with a High Pass sharpen to bring the detail back to it.

pokeball Final Verdict pokeball
It's really good to see some more photomanipulation around! If you ever need help accomplishing a technique, take to the internet, or just shoot me a DM and I'll happily see if I have any more tips! I always appreciate how you branch out into different mediums. This places at Simple, $5,000 cash. For a higher rank, I'd take a little more time choosing stock that works for what you're going for, and works well together, to minimize the shape-shifting you have to do so you can put more effort and detail into parts where stock meets other stock (like the leaves on the fur), and into the lighting and shadow of the work.
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#6
oh hey these got curated. maybe you oughta have pinged me on discord or something but eeeeeehhhhhhh i'll take 'em
also what if i told you the next leafycat picture will be a combination of 3d modeling and photomanip? that will come in about... uhhhhmmmmmmmmm... hesitates for about 3 minutes 2 years give or take 23 months :P

Anyways, claiming my 2 sets of 5k.
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