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    Two Rooks - Pinup/cover like

    An image of the characters from the webcomic "Two Rooks" by Alice Fox.
    Meant to look like a pinup or chapter cover. White background chosen due to the mood of the comic, although I am aware that white backgrounds are a risky choice. In the beginning meant as cellshading, then I decided on smooth shading. Digital coloring over traditionally inked lineart.

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    This one feels really strange to me - like the line art and coloring are fighting with each other, rather than working together.

    The arm muscles in particular don't feel as though much thought was put into them - they seem kinda arbitrarily shaded and placed.

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    Its looking really good atm, the hair on the woman especially is very nice, and awesome work on her jeans.
    Crit wise I think a bit more contrast on the skin tones would help make the image pop a bit more. Also the woman's shoulder looks a bit off, the highlight comes too far down and its giving the muscle a weird shape. I think the guy could do with a muscle rework as well as the arms seem quite smooth and lack much anatomy. He also looks like he's applying lip bald or something and has a more feminine face and pose that the woman.
    I'm not sure of the nature of the characters as I havn't read the comic but she seems rather buff, she has more defined and I think even wider arms that the male character which looks a little odd. But as I said I havn't read the story so feel free to completely ignore that.
    Umm, one last thing, you have a white background which you already explained, but have you considered putting the cast shadows of the figures or something in there just to beak it up a bit. It may not work because of the lighting position but I think it needs something to unite the image. Maybe an enlarged silhouette of the figures with reduced opacity or something. I'm rambling now sorry.
    I hope I helped and good luck with finishing it off, be sure to post the progress

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    I second MiniGoth that the thick dark lineart doesn't seem to be going very well with the coloring here, especially on the skin. You have these gorgeous, smooth colors that look very three dimensional! But the black outlines just don't seem to fit in.

    I really like how you did the hair and their expressions, though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by danlambert View Post
    Also the woman's shoulder looks a bit off
    I didn't want to be the first one to say something, but I'll take this opportunity to do so...

    I'm pretty sure there are no women in this picture. Am I right Pedes?

    If you're going for androgyny, you've certainly succeeded. If not, you really ought to define their masculinity at least a little bit.

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    Her arm is too arnold and her ass and hips are too pinocchio.. CHeck some
    referense for the proportions. Their faces are super though I think!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FourTonMantis View Post
    I didn't want to be the first one to say something, but I'll take this opportunity to do so...

    I'm pretty sure there are no women in this picture. Am I right Pedes?

    If you're going for androgyny, you've certainly succeeded. If not, you really ought to define their masculinity at least a little bit.
    If it isn't a woman then there is a lot of revision needed, the pose, the jeans pretty much everything says woman to me. A butch woman, but a woman none the less. Might just be me though?

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    Ooh, I see I need to put a lot more work in this one then.

    I completely agree with the lineart; I will try to color it to blend more in the picture.
    I will re-do the arms (must find better reference).


    FourTonMantis is right - there are no women here... I guess the confusion comes from the fact that the redhead is gay and has very strange personality and I wanted to give him more feminine pose and feeling... Maybe I overdid that? (although the author seemed satisfied).
    I will analyze everything once more and post the effects later.

    Thank you very much for your help so far!

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