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    Lord Mortarion, digital art

    Hello everyone,
    I've been fiddling around with drawing tablets and digital painting a while. Although I feel a bit intimidated to post here among such great talents, here is the piece. Criticism and tips on how to improve from now on are most welcome.

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    Yes the Adrian Smith version.
    There is one by John Blanche too.
    This is still a fictional character and I wanted to have a go with my own design. Now, I want to know what I did wrong, what went right etc. Help me improve.

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    The colors look a bit dirty. You should try to clean the lines and paint with a 100% opacity brush. Here you have lost all the edges, and there is no real lighting source.

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    This is my point. Trying to paint a Primarch in my opinion is like trying to paint something perfect. Im not sure its possible to do the character justice,
    I think even those professional pics, while cool, don't really capture how immense of beings they are.
    You have an admirable attempt here, the overall feel of him is pretty much spot on. Especially the head, that really works.
    To enhance the pic I suggest a more heroic pose, add lots more detailing and to really embellish the weapons.

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    Wow, a real fan...
    I have to disagree. There is no subjet "too perfect to be painted" There is just infinite possibilities.
    Here, the point is that his drawing skills are not develloped enough yet to render a beautiful image, but this has nothing to do with the subject of the drawing.

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    I don't know man, from what I hear, its rather difficult to portray a god with our puny human hands...

    But thats beyond the point of this thread. Okay, I forgot to mention that you also have a pretty good grasp of the best colors to use, so all you really need to do now is pop some detail and realist rendering in. After that we can see what else we need to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duman View Post
    I don't know man, from what I hear, its rather difficult to portray a god with our puny human hands...
    What a strange judeo christian thought!
    There is A LOT of god's representations in art.











    ...so, it just means that men are totally able to paint a god portrait with their little hands, they just have to work a lot to.
    And here it's a god from a game, designed by a human concept artist at the beginning, so stop idolize it...

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    You have to really try to push the overall design of you character... he looks like a basic Marine to me. He is a Primarch... he needs to be over-the-top in every possible way.

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    Find reference on how smoke wafts in the air. Just rising up looks wrong.

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    Grand father Nurgle will be most displease to hear that. Most displeased.

    And in regards to those portraits, I really don't think any of those come even remotely close to representing a god. Most of those pics do come from ancient times, but still. In my eyes the pictures don't do justice to the near intangible importance of these intangible beings.
    And for the record, Im the most non religious person I know, and I wont go into any of my cynical beliefs because the possibility of being banned would be great.

    So lets stay civil and change the subject back to the pic.
    Have you read any of the books from the black library with Mortarion? Some fantastic stuff, great read.

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    Thanks everyone!

    Duman: Yes I've read some of the books. I'm currently going through the Horus Heresy series so that originally sparked my interest. I will try to use your advice to the best of my abilities on the next piece.

    Clochette: Yeah I really need to work with my colouring and lightsourcing. Thanks.

    Jubjubjedi: I'll remember that on the next piece.

    Bai Fan: Thanks. I'll use more reference next time.

    Thanks again everyone, this helped alot.

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    Cool. Can't wait to see the next one.



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    PS... Make sure it has smoke in it for me.



    See that? You get two smileys.

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    Will do Bai Fan.
    Two smilies? Thanks!

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    The way he's holding the weapon looks unnatural. It doesn't look like he could whip it into action from that underhanded position very easily. Try holding your arm like that and it doesn't feel very strong... Dang it's actually difficult to grab something like that.

    Otherwise, cool. It reminds me of Starcraft, Protoss meets Terran.

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    Dude, the flight of the Eiesinstien was amazing. A veritable gold mine of Death Guard fiction. Its a great series.

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    Waru: Thanks for pointing that out. I have to reference more real stuff.

    Duman: Yeah Eisenstein is my current favourite too. A shame there currently isn't much more stuff about Death Guard.

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    There are a few online data banks and the Adeptus Astartus tomb games workshop contains some pretty good info. A site called red elf (instead of white dwarf) has some pretty decent free info. A good background account of Mortarion is in there.

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