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March 22nd, 2007, 12:46 PM
i did this piece for a group illustration show here in philadelphia. about 40 recent graduates/student illustrators were asked to interpret the theme "across the sea" and this is what i came up with.
paying tribute to one of my favorite pieces of art - "The Great Wave off Kanagawa". it's also a bit of a self portrait.
anyways, you can add me to the long list of artists who have ripped off Hokusai :confident id love to hear what you think!
March 22nd, 2007, 12:50 PM
I can't see it. You didn't save it in CMYK, did you?
March 22nd, 2007, 01:04 PM
Much better, and worth the trouble. My only crit is that the way his left hand overlaps the wave behind it flattens out the space and stops the action by visually "locking" those two planes together.
March 22nd, 2007, 02:22 PM
I love the concept very very much. It's a very good piece. My only gripe with it is that the outlines for the guy running (especially down his pant leg). It'd be nice if the lines remained thin as it does all throughout the picture. More detail or motion with the cloth would probably make it look better in my opinion.
March 22nd, 2007, 02:31 PM
Agree with Elwell about the hand try to keep you thickest lines closest to us, in this case the lifted foot and planted heel and thin them to almost nothing the farther away, often drawings that are outlined completely tend to look like a sticker or stencil, especially if the line weight conveys even distance...
March 22nd, 2007, 02:38 PM
Hey...cool. Very nice illustration. Love the colors. My only crit would be his left foot...it might be a little too long/out of perspective. If you look at it, his foot is one and half plank widths long. The top of his foot/toe touches the plank that lines up along that first railing post, which to me, seems a lot futher down the boardwalk. Also...both feet are the same size..even though one is flat to the view and one is in perspective. (If anything the one in the air, should be a little bigger since it's closer to the viewer.)
Well...that's all really minor nitpicking (and I might just be seeing things).
It's a great image.
March 22nd, 2007, 03:49 PM
This is Awesome Jim! This is a great example of a simple design exploding off the page! Love it.
March 24th, 2007, 03:04 PM
Elwell - thanks for the help. actually i thought by having the hand over lap the wave i would be creating more depth, but i can see what you mean about the two planes coming together, especially since they are similar in value.
Sleep_eden_sleep - thanks! i thought the figure called for thicker lines since he is the focal point, maybe not though
Rabid Peanut - thanks for the suggestion, ill keep it in mind next time.
Jason Snair - thanks a lot man. your right about the feet.
capprotti - thanks mike! ive been meaning to get in touch with you and reau about some drawing sessions
March 24th, 2007, 03:11 PM
I think an overlap could be fine, the problem is the way the lower contour of the foam runs through the middle of his palm, it looks like he's grabbing it.
March 24th, 2007, 10:46 PM
thats really cool!
March 25th, 2007, 11:27 PM
this is a cool piece jim, where was the show?
March 27th, 2007, 07:03 PM
March 28th, 2007, 11:05 AM
I don't see any problem with the thicker lines. To me this looks like he is leaning forwards as he runs so the legs are closer. It gives it motion imho.
I'm not sure about his torso, the height difference between his shoulders looks like he is twisting to change direction. the screen right shoulder seems to large, like he has a hump.
The Japaneses print style background with stylized comic character is a nice mix, like a manga drawn back in edo japan!
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