oww, my bad, I missed that ... normally I'm thorough with reading before posting, but I scrolled too fast this time
And, well, my bad with the confusion, too. damn, I really put my foot in it ...
Now about your workshop. I must say I like it very much, good thing you did not post link by the way, thank you Maybe we can teach few tricks each other? what do you say?
have you tried to put the first pic over the later version and used a blending mode like 'darken', 'multiply', 'color burn' or so? I tend to use them more often recently. they are very helpful with adjusting contrast and light with much control. I might be enough to duplicate the basic layer and make it greyscale and then use the blending modes.
the light source problem is a bitch, is it?
maybe you could just cap the hills in the back right to where the sun seems to be, and make it a cliff? this way you can keep the sun at this position and you have more interesting shapes in the background too.
ahh ... well, I guess you know what an overpaint is, would you give me permission to make one for this picture of yours?
I've tried that with study mates and it proves very effective to see the own faults.
in return I'd like to have your overpaint for one of my paintings of course
how does that sound?
also look here, steven stahlberg, a digital artist, is making overpaints for all those who want, and simply looking at the changes was teaching me so much! I wouldn't wanna miss it!http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=199&t=359226&page=32&pp=15