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    Chris Bennett paintings/illustrations UPDATED January 12, 2009

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    Here are five completed paintings made specifically for the illustration portfolio which is now 'ready to go' and to help me in search for work in this field. Being trained and working the last 20 years as a fine artist I've tried to bring some of that sensibility to my illustration work, yet try and keep the 'sense' rather than a too literal interpretation of a story to the forefront.
    I wonder what you guys think...

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    I remember frog saying something about naming all the works in your portfolio not necessarily being sucha good idea; artist often get jobs in concept art or storyboarding that require a lot of quick sketches and aren't expected to invest enough energy to name every single piece.

    But hey, I'm not deadfrog and therefore do not necessarily know what I'm talking about.

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    Go get 'em, Chris!

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    Technically very well done! The only crit that I could give to you(and I feel bad because I know these must have taken you a long time!) is that there is very little range of expression in these paintings. Do you have other pieces that you will be using in your portfolio?

    Still very good! and good luck.
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    Beautiful work! I cant tell what the white mass is on the kiss one, since its a different color than what he is wrapped in. Not sure that they need those large borders either IMHO.
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    mmmh, I think you should check the legs position of the woman, last frame.
    the thighs are too thin and I guess there is some anatomy prob...

    I think that's the only problem, maybe it's the perspective
    I just know that it looks quite weird to me..

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    Lovely work Chris, the second and last are very poetic, very nice.
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    Very nice work! I especially like Twilight and Venus. The modeling of the face in Orbit is very nice to look at, it's like a composition within the face, very harmonic. The eye is a perfect focal point there. Good luck!

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    chris. I envy the uniqueness of your style. ITs all great and beautiful but what makes it so extraordinary is that I feel I could spot your work among 1000 other painters on an art fair. Ride on!!

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    I'm seconding Lewiston here. I love the work. My crit is this. Every illustration has a stillness to it. It's like you've taken a moment in the story and given it a pause, for emphasis. It's great, but what about the drama of motion? When something's hurtling toward you, or people are yelling, or there's blood spraying, etc. If I were viewing your work as that of a fine artist, I wouldn't say this, because it would be your voice/your choice. But when viewed as an illustration portfolio, I'm curious about how you could widen your range of subjects - maybe throw composition out the window for a second and make something look disorderly and wild?

    Any real artists correct me if what I'm saying is nonsense.

    Just another thought, when I think of great illustration, besides all the classics, I like to think of the Akira comics. If you haven't thumbed through one of those books, get to your nearest comic shop. No one I've ever seen expresses motion so believably or with so much excitement. Each page is like a slap in the face. The same approach taken to a movie poster or book cover, etc would be pure gold.

    EDIT: just to reiterate. What you do, you do exquisitely. If you like it and you get jobs for it, then feel free to disregard. I'd only take this crit seriously if the idea of trying something new intrigues you.
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    Great stuff Chris, I love the Twilight peice.

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    I adore this http://www.conceptart.org/forums/att...8&d=1221810499

    what a great great great painting.

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    Hi Chris! here's your quote: "Here are five completed paintings made specifically for the illustration portfolio which is now 'ready to go' and to help me in search for work in this field. Being trained and working the last 20 years as a fine artist I've tried to bring some of that sensibility to my illustration work, yet try and keep the 'sense' rather than a too literal interpretation of a story to the forefront.
    I wonder what you guys think... "

    I think you did a great job and it is refreshing to see the gap really bridged between fine art training and illustration! This is a very important thing you are doing and these could be sold in either a gallery or for commercial work!! Way to get the message and story across without being blatant! Love your style and some of your light and mood reminds me of Edward Hopper (my favorite artist)

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    Beautiful work. I love "invisible kisses".

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    Zaxser: Thanks for the input but I'm mainly looking for work involving high finish and playing to my particular 'bag' as it were.
    Elwell: Thanks Tristan! Always good to get a thumbs up from you!
    Ian Mack: Thanks Ian - if you look at my website you will see a greater range of expression, however, I have taken note of what you have said.
    MoonVisionStudio: Thank you! The white shape you are referring to is a sort of abstracted waterfall - I think the weakness in this painting is that it should have gone for a greater rendering concept in the environment rather than the stylised one I opted for. I only realised this when things were finished and by then the DNA of the painting had been cast.
    Chris B: I can't see this myself, but you observation is of much interest because someone else felt there was something not quite right with the length of the legs rather than the hips. I'll probably realise what it is when I see the thing again in ten years or so!
    poise; Thanks Tiffany, allways good to hear from you!
    Serpian: Thanks Serpian! - interesting thoughts on 'Orbit' too.
    lewiston: Wow, you have just paid me the highest complement that any of us could ever hope for. It is extremely kind of you and....well...I'm......well....jeez....that's really kind of you and a million thanks!
    TASmith: Thanks for the lengthy response good sir. As I said to Zaxser, I'm going for work that plays to my strengths and not trying to muscle in on people who do the kind of stuff you are talking about more naturally than I do. However, I think the spirit of what you are saying is right in that I should include some more energetic subjects. I will say however that wether one is painting 'stillness' or crazy foot-to-the-floor energy in movement, the role of composition is the fundamental arbiter of whether it succeeds or not. I mean, what else can convey movement in pictures other than the way you compose it?
    Mr. Scribbles: Thank you very much! - you are obviously a romantic at heart!
    archipelago: That's extremely kind of you! It's always interesting to know what particular painting is really firing someone up. Thanks for the feedback.
    Kelly x: Hi Kelly, you seem to have understood very well what I'm after here. As I've said to some of the others who have been kind enough to post their feedback, I'm trying to bring my particular 'take' on things to the table. On a larger issue I also think there should be no percieved 'quality difference' between so-called fine art and commercial work. Quality is quality, no matter where you find it. In fact, the gallery world is generally extremely limiting since much of what one has to do is really interior decoration. Oh, and Edward Hopper; I guess it's that slight tinge of melancholy that seems to sit at the centre of much of what I do. Which is strange, because I'm generally upbeat and grinning my head off most of the time!
    Mikael Leger: Thank you very much - it does seem that 'Invisible Kisses' is a bit of a favourite with people!
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