Hello fellow concept artists and whatnot!
Been working on this piece of art as an assignment, which is kind of a paraphrase for "Alexander the Great" by Rembrandt. Anyway, let me know what you guys think!
Last edited by InsanityVonMike; May 13th, 2012 at 05:35 AM.
@Stoat Alright, I'll take a look there Yeah, I tend to either characterize faces or simply draw the eyes etc double their real size... but I'm working on it Thanks
@wunts I don't know how much time I spent on the first time but since it was all drawn from my head without any reference, it took me quite some time... took me maybe 3 months to finish it, not sure how many hours were put into it tho
Saruman took somewhere between 10-12h
I'll get back to you all with an update on Saruman in the beginning of next week. The day before yesterday I fixed his eyes and mouth a little because I wasn't satisfied with his expression. Looked way too kind in my opinion But it's in school so you'll have to wait :o
The alexander drawing would look better if you had any highlights and dark shadows, rather than everything having middle tones. by drawing on darker paper and using a chalk, or coloring everything darker with a few highlights erased. Be careful not to oversimplify the highlight in eyes, the one of Alexander is very basic, plus the reflected light crashes with the pupil. Google "eyes" and look at the different ways light and reflection affects eyes.
The light in Alexanders portrait is a bit weird. He looks like he is lit from front, which is the most boring setting, yet the light comes from behind. Maybe he should rater be lit more like this? http://cdn.dailypainters.com/paintin...a5626c131c.jpg
Looks more interesting and dramatic.
I agree with the arm looking very short. More like a Hobbit
I think you need to practice more on hair, proportions, especially light directions, and use a better reference face, maybe one with less duck-face photo Also the eyes are way too high up, they should be about the centre of the face, with the helmet much higher.
Other than that, vey nice and simple compositions, good work with tones, obviously great drawing skills. The wizard drawing looks more professional, but would look much better with higher level of detail and more local contrasts. Great start. The last one is very interesting composition and motif wise. A bit dangerously symmetrical maybe. the far left detail is way too contrasty, it draws the eye off the main selling point. Overall, the image would look much better with more contrast, much more shadows, much darker. Remember to keep important, central areas high contrast and the rest low contrast. Also, you should make the front character either much lighter or usually darker than the background, which should become progressively brighter. Maybe ill photoshop to show what I mean.