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    Hi peoples, I've decided is was time to make a serious effort at building a portfolio. These are some pieces I've created in the last month, to attempt to get some fantasy illo/TCG type work. The last couple are still at various levels of wip.

    I feel I've played it a little too safe with these pieces so far, concerning rendering, poses etc and would love some critique. I'll also be posting studies and sketches as I do them.

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    Very nice paintings so far, very dynamic with appealing color choices.

    As far as 'playing it safe' goes just try to spice some things up a bit in your illustrations. Like in your second piece, with the knight kinda chillin in front of that burning village. Did he create that fire? Did he kill loads of innocents? Or is he protecting them? Or avenging them? Try to tell a story with your illustrations instead of just thinking "fantasy stuff!" You can do that by the pose, expression, and wear and tear on your figures' clothing. The story's up to you! That's the fun part.

    Keep at it! And in future posts try to show the process you go through for each image. It could help people better advise you. Also, it's always interesting and awesome to see into the mind of another artist.

    Hope this helps!
    Keep posting man, you're on a good path
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    I definitely like the third drawing. Good creature concept, and I feel like you're really telling a story there.
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    Woah nice start! you paint lovely. the first one's cool.

    my only suggestion is put the same amount of love you have for your characters into the backgrounds too!

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    Knightnbeast is great. Strange and magnetic.
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    The environment in the knight vs beast is really good! The pose on the beast is apathetic and like it is not sure if it will attack or run away
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    I like your creatures. In general I wish you could play with more colors, to try to give more visual impact.
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    Thanks everyone who took the time to post.

    Dana_T: Thanks for the encouragement. I agree narrative has been fairly weak for me so far, at least my ability to convey the narrative. With the piece you mentioned, I was trying to depict a sense of sadness in his face, implying regret at having to destroy the village.

    Probably missed the mark though. I'll try and show more process in future, even though my process is kind of sloppy atm

    whisper_wm: thanks

    blazinwolf: Thanks, I agree about the environments being lackluster. Originally I these were meant to be more or less just TCG samples and it seems a lot of people doing that work focussed on the characters heavily, but I've since decided to put more importance into the background. Firstly, because I enjoy environment stuff ( even if I'm fairly weak with them at the moment) and secondly because it adds so much more to the narrative putting the characters into a convincing setting.

    zhiao: Thanks, very nice of you to say.

    kitana_mk Thank you, kinda what I was gong for, the beast sort of feeling the situation out a bit, a little apprehensive.

    tronrobot: Thanks mate.

    Cojac: thanks and good point. I feel I need to add more colour variety within certain pieces. Maybe hit on some accent colours here and there to lead the eye.

    So I'm not posting without content, vairous studies and experiments from the last week...

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    One of a few similar photo studies from the great resource that is Marcus Ranum's DA stock photo account.
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    A couple of experiments I did after doing, photo ref studies of related subjects. I like to do this to try and get the studies to stick more. Really need to do more enviro studies, especially from life if I can get myself a tablet/ipad or something. The girls I posted in the Paint your perfect soulmate thread in the lounge. Check it out and please participate.
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    Hey m8y,

    I loved the knight and monster pic. The dragon has a really nice feel to it too, but it looks like the left wing is not angled right. Your recent studies are really strong. Keep posting!
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    Thanks Bolo, I agree that wing is funky. Tried fixing it a few times, should really expand the canvas and draw the full wing and re-crop it because I'm having a bit of trouble seeing it with the framing as it is. I'm hoping this hacky transform fix will do the job though It'll be fairly painted out/blurred in the final.

    Bit of progress on the background for the dragon image and a new wip of a ranger chick firing an invisible bow at invisible enemies.
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    really solid paintings i like the use of color in post #10 i think it would be cool to carry it over to the girl with the helmet.
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