This video from Mark does a great job going over and using many of the tips in these tutorial videos. Starting with silhouette and fleshing out the object. Its a good video to watch after the tutorials.
Not to sound like a jerk or anything but what kind of weekly tutorial can we expect to have when its over 40 days just for the first one. I dont mean to sound impatient but people shouldn't make promises they cant keep. I really got excited for this and it turns out to be nothing.
I like the style this has. the only thing that doesnt sit right with me is the background has rays expanding out on the blue background. this makes me feel like there is a light source or sun behind it. however other things in the picture dont use it as a light source. I would either remove the rays or have them coming from the top left or top right then you can light the rest of the scene properly.
autodesk overcharges for their software big time. they want 68,000 dollars for their car design software. adobe software is just as complex and even more widely used in the professional industry and you dont see adobe trying to tap companies for 68,000 dollars for a single license. dont support them support blender. blender is justr as capable and they are not money grubbing dirtbags.
the handle looks hand painted sorta but the blade looks quite flat. If you look at the texture you can see there is some shading on the top half of the blade edge but it is lost in the rendering in game. the whole top of the blade lacks dimension. not trying to sound negative but its just a opinion. im sure many think its fine. I do like the candles though those looked pretty cool.
I hate when people say or think you have to be talented to draw. Its an instant dismissal of all the hard work any artists puts into his work. like it was effortless and required no work to get where they are.
I am just a beginner but I have seen improvement just from practicing. you can too.
I think the shading on this piece needs alot of work. you have shadows on both sides which almost makes it look like what is referred as pillow shading. pillow shading is something you want to avoid. I think the piece would look better with a light direction coming from the top left or top right. also this is a straight on side view yet the bottom curves up like your looking from the gound up to it.
i think it would look good to have a stained glass window in that empty top window space. however thats a matter of opinion and would change the piece away from a castle more towards a church.
I purchased an intuos 4 medium. it has served its purpose for learning. I know alot of folks who have gotten the intuos bamboo model to begin with but i plan on doing it pretty seriously so I went right for the intuos 4 med.
the default pen would be fine to learn with.
older tablets are just as good. there are lots of people still using intuos 3 models because you dont wear the pen tips away as fast. you get more pressure sensitivity out of the newer models but when your learning its hard tell the difference between the two anyway.
im saving up for a cintiq. I want to be able to draw directly on the screen. I dont like the disconnect feeling from tablets.