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July 15th, 2008 #1
Items up for Critique
Ok I'm moving my orc picture to a WIP thread (probably should have posted it there first anyway) but here is a piece that is ready for the chopping block. So hack away let me know what you think.
I've recently gotten into playing a RPG call Dark Heresy which is based in the Warhammer 40k setting. I have found the game setting to be a great source of inspiration. This is a picture of a Tech-priest that I did for the game I'm playing in. It's also actually my first attempt at digitally coloring my work. I don't have a tablet at the moment and have been working with my mouse so far. Thanks for taking a look. I hope you like it.
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I'm no one to give some critic but I think you shouldn't paint the metal pieces or the boots or whatever just with one color.
The metal should have some white areas and other areas should be very dark. It would be nice if it reflected some green of the creature.
The creature itself is interesting but you should give it some more colour and especialy more contrast.
Anyway, speaking is easy XD, I wish I could make something like that.
keep on and sorry about the bad english
By the way, would you give some advice? http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=122927
July 15th, 2008 #3
First thanks for the feedback A Tua Mãe its much appreciated.
As far as the picture goes... the only parts of this picture that I've really worked on so far are the orc's skin and the severed head. Everything else the armor, his teeth, and the equipment he is carrying are all just flat colors I put in so that it would be easier to go back and select those areas later and so I would have some sort of base color to work on. I've tried working on some of the armor but keep getting results that just don't look right. So for now I've gone back to the base flat color. Any info anyone can give me on creating good metal textures would be a big help, and I will keep in mind to use highlights and the reflective color of the orcs skin tone, thanks A Tua Mãe.
July 17th, 2008 #4
Well... I got a chance to do a little more with his shoulderplate. I'm still not sure that I'm satisfied with it but I think its better to keep working at it rather than just let it sit there. So what do you all think?
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July 17th, 2008 #5
This is another picture based off off Warhammer 40K/Dark Heresy. The figure in the picture was drawn then scanned. I made the background in Photoshop.
July 17th, 2008 #6
Always good to see WH 40K guys, a bigger source of sweet inspiration there is not. These guys are looking a tad bit cartoony, but that could just be your style, comic book like. The biggest tip I could give you would be to make these guys a lot darker, grittier. Most of them have seen hell, and look accordingly. Now lets see a space marine!
July 18th, 2008 #7
Thanks for the Feedback Duman.
Two things: (these are based on Duman's coments but anyone who has some insight please feel free to contribute )
1) Would you say that it is the colors I use, the style of my coloring (the brightness/small size of the color palette/brushs used/textures/etc...), or the fact that I'm coloring drawings instead of painting on top of my pencils that makes them look more cartoony?
(Here are the pencils for the pics I posted just so you can see what they looked like before colors.)
2) Warhammer 40K is a dark and gritty setting and I would really like to push myself to reach the dark gothic level of decay and despair that the setting goes for. Any suggestions on increasing the grit in my pics?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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July 18th, 2008 #8
They all are cool pics, but I would try to stay away from round shapes. The machine arms of the tech priest is a example. Yours look a little rounded, they need to be basic shapes with lots of nutz, bolts and signs on them. The inquisitor has a nice dark feel to him, but I feel his head is a little to big. The ork is spot on, but he needs a gun and some ammo chains. If you have played gears of war, that is the feeling you should try to bring out, make everything rusty, worn, scratched, and dirty. Overall, just try to make them literaly darker, but the trick is to make sure you dont lose any detail in the process.
July 19th, 2008 #9
Ok so here is the orc again. What do you all think?
Hey hummi! I tink you forgot something!
Last edited by Adam Schumpert; July 19th, 2008 at 12:48 AM. Reason: uploaded wrong version of the picture
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i have to say i really love that orc pick. a good way to make it seem more gritty and dark would be to add some blood splatter. nothing to unrealistic though. when people start drawing charecters dripping in blood it just seems gross not gritty. a dark backround would also help set the mood of despair. when a place is empty and dark people lose any sense of cartoonism
July 19th, 2008 #11
Your stuff could really benefit from a strong light source. Particularly Mister Machine Hands there...it's so complicated, my eye doesn't know where to light. Of course it's possible to paint form and ignore light, but then you have to use other gimmicks to draw the viewer's attention where you want it to go.
I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).
July 19th, 2008 #12
July 19th, 2008 #13
First off, thanks for the great crits.
PiggyWiggy - I agree some blood splatter might be called for. I've run into the problem before with adding too much. Which is why I didn't really add any in this pic, but I do think it would benefit from just the right amount.
Stoat - You know, I didn't really think about that when I was coloring my Techpriest, but now that you point it out it would probably help to have a strong light source. Pushing my lighting is something that I really should work on.
Duman - Thanks I was particularly proud of my severed head in this pic. As far as guns and such when I drew this picture I actually started it as a Warhammer Fantasy picture. Now afterwards I did go back and modify the pencils adding in a gun and some grenades. I'll see what I can do about adding those parts in.
Thank you all I really appreciate the feedback. Thanks again for the suggestions, I'll get right on it.
Last edited by Adam Schumpert; July 19th, 2008 at 11:06 AM. Reason: I should really spell check before posting :P