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September 18th, 2008 #1
Chris Bennett paintings/illustrations UPDATED January 12, 2009
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...
Last edited by Chris Bennett; January 12th, 2009 at 08:23 PM.From Gegarin's point of view
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September 18th, 2008 #2Steph Laberis Fanboy
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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.
September 18th, 2008 #3
Go get 'em, Chris!
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September 18th, 2008 #4
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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September 18th, 2008 #5
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.
September 18th, 2008 #6
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..
September 18th, 2008 #7
Lovely work Chris, the second and last are very poetic, very nice.
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September 19th, 2008 #10
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.
Last edited by TASmith; September 19th, 2008 at 04:50 AM.
September 21st, 2008 #11
Great stuff Chris, I love the Twilight peice.
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September 22nd, 2008 #13
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)