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Old 06-14-2019, 05:12 PM
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Knight Templar - more contrast?

I'm doing this for a friend. I like it so far...but sense that it needs more contrast between the lights and darks.

Thoughts? I certainly don't want to go too far...

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Re: Knight Templar - more contrast?

I agree your instinct about contrast is correct. Plus the fabric is the same color and value as the background which washes him out. If you don't want to mess with the fabric you could tone the background. He would look more solid against a dark background.
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Re: Knight Templar - more contrast?

I was toying with that...that may be the way to go. What color would you recommend?

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Re: Knight Templar - more contrast?

Maybe a very dark green to complement the red. Here's a quick flood fill with black for a visual.

I recently got into Iconography (short lived) but did a knight in gold leaf (metallic acrylic) in the Orthodox tradition. St George and the Dragon.
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Re: Knight Templar - more contrast?

I wonder...if I do a light brownstone archway off to one side and terminating above his head with a dark interior...
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Maybe a very dark green to complement the red. Here's a quick flood fill with black for a visual.

I recently got into Iconography (short lived) but did a knight in gold leaf (metallic acrylic) in the Orthodox tradition. St George and the Dragon.

I played with iconography one, too. Lots of fun...I will return to it one day.
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I was toying with that...that may be the way to go. What color would you recommend?

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Re: Knight Templar - more contrast?

Another thing to consider is dark accents. A few dark accents between his arms and breastplate will make his chest protrude. A lot can be accomplished with just a few well place accents.
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Re: Knight Templar - more contrast?

Another thing to consider is dark accents. A few dark accents between his arms and breastplate will make his chest protrude. A lot can be accomplished with just a few well place accents.
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Another thing to consider is dark accents. A few dark accents between his arms and breastplate will make his chest protrude. A lot can be accomplished with just a few well place accents.

Sounds good. Thank you!

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Re: Knight Templar - more contrast?

Here's the latest.

I am not sure if I am dark enough on the background.

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Re: Knight Templar - more contrast?

I like the figure, but agree the background could be darker to make him stand out even more.

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Re: Knight Templar - more contrast?

I did darken it a bit more...posted in the gallery.
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