Just finished a render of a Nike Huarache Lacrosse Turf shoe based on an image I downloaded. Thought I'd emulate a real photo of a product to try to make my visual as realistic as possible, learned quite a lot from this. Any tips/advice? I feel like I could definitely communicate the laces better in terms of texture and shading. Find detailed areas of shading difficult to construct using the brush tool sometimes.
Look forward to hearing some constructive comments!
PS: find more of my visuals at http://djones3291.tumblr.com
Good work. You seem to have a pretty solid grasp on rendering skills. I would recommend finding a good lateral view template instead of a photo, because photos sometimes appear skewed and can make it tricky to communicate your sketch. For instance, the photo you used looks to be angled slightly past a straight lateral view, but not enough to make it a true 3/4 view. You have a very strong start, take it to the next level and apply it to an original design.