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    MARVEL MATERIAL? You tell me

    My goal is to work for a major comic company as a cover artist.
    I need 10 cover illustrations to hand in for my portfolio.
    What do you think?

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    Mike Maher

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    looks better then alot of the covers i see thats on sale today!
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    looks great but I for some reason Venom's face looks a lot like alien.
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    I like the Venom in the shadows with reflectivity reminiscent of Alien. You should be able to get a job working for someone with skills like this.
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    Marvel material?

    Don't aim so low, you're better than alot I've seen on the shelves.
    "Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."
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    You definitely have the potential to land on the shelves, but don't be content when that happens. Keep studying aspiring for greater things. You're still nowhere near the likes of say, Marko.
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    they are OK and you are probably gonna get the job, but they lack some stuff
    like for instance the venom one- venom is more bulky with bigger body(spidey must look like a bug compared to the gorilla dude that is occupying the venom suit) now looks more like carnage material then venom and the thumb(looks like it's the thumb- might not be) on venom's right hand looks kinda twisted in the wrong direction
    check this link to see what I mean: http://i27.tinypic.com/1zcd5jd.jpg

    the nightcrawler is the best out of the three- it has kinda Marko Djurdjevic feel coming out of it maybe cuz of the colour palette, but all the same pic is nice

    on the first one- the clothing and the monsters render is not ok- maybe if you put some black on the monster then darker green the monster will look ok
    about the clothing I'll say check some refs about clothe foldings cuz right now it looks more like a speedpaint then finished on

    but as a whole pics are nice, just need a little more rendering
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    Well done on the pics
    I agree with what Drazen said. I also have a few things to add.
    On the first picture what bugs me most is the sharp highlights on the monster. It looks like it's chiseled out of a very reflective rock. Also, the area around the shooting guy's shoulder lacks depth.
    On the Venom pic the eyes seem really gray to me. Almost as if they are stickers on top of his head. Maybe add some light comming from them.
    But, as with the monster from the first picture, that may be what you've been after.
    About the Nightcrawler picture - I think it's the best of the three. Love the pose and the general feel of the picture! Well done!

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    Very nice!
    Really strong compositions.

    My only problem is the consistent level of unrefinement.
    You have handled things is a beautiful, loose manner...
    but at some point you need to pick a focal point and refine it a little bit further.
    You don't need to tighten everything up, just a few key elements, notable the faces.
    As a viewer, we want to linger there a bit, and you aren't giving us any incentive to.
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    I'll be surprised if you don't get something from this Mike. The comments above concerning focal points I can only echo. There is energy, dynamism and good posing in all three, so good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by riceface View Post
    looks better then alot of the covers i see thats on sale today!
    You're right, I sometimes grab a Spidey issue and think to myself: "Sure it's a decent drawing, but cover material ???"

    Anyway, the Nightcrawler piece is the best, visually striking. The rendering on the Wildcats piece could be better and the backround on the Venom piece a little more interesting, even if it is just meant to be a dark place. I have no idea if Marvel would hire you based upon these. Better just finish the remaining 7 pieces and find out for yourself
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    and they already have a marko.
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    I'm noticing they're all about cooled down color wise. S little bit of warmth to the pics might help them pop a bit. Nice work, though. There's definitely worse out there on the shelves today.
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