Woh! This is a great concept. The image is pretty rough and could use sharpening. Sounds like you already know that though. Concept wise, I wasn't to sure about the nails on his fingers. I suppose thats just a personal style choice. I think the concept is great though and you have roughed it out very nicely.
Venger- wow . now THAT is a trip....my concept was so similar...long fingers , claws, subject matter and even colors.... definitely will have to push it in a farther direction...thanks for the heads up....
Elwell- thanks for the honest and constructive crit man
great idea, but I agree with Elwell. Using a custom brush to add on suckers to the tentacles is nice, but it needs to be refined further. Also, using the magic wand to select and delete something is fine as long as you clean up what's left behind. When making selections I highly recommend using the Quick Mask to give you nicer edges.
BTW, your sketches rock the house. Love your style and the direction.
It might be similar to the wizard design, but I don't really mind that. An octopus headed man is something far from new after all. Cthulhu anyone?
Now, what I really mind is the cookie cut feel in your picture. Needs to blend more efficiently with the background. Also that blue magic glow needs to be reflected on it's clothing and tentacles. Use that reflection in your favor to highlight various textures in your picture.
Ha. Totally forgot about the mind flayer. Good thing Venger brought that up. Man your sketches kick ass. I love to see that stuff from the folks. Finished stuff is cool and all but I like to see a window into how they are thinking through their composition and such. One crit about that last one. The guy seems to be a little short in the forhead area. In the sketch it looks like a stylistic choice but in the color piece it didn't quite translate that way. I think it may be the change to the style of the girl next to him that did it.
I love the last one, particularly the woman in it. Just...I don't know what it is, but it's visceral, it's just good. When I do dissect it, the anatomy is off in the length of her torso, and her left hand looks kinda man-ish, (perhaps if you shortened the palm and got rid of any scratchy lines?) but when I just take it all in, I'm diggin' it.