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    Icon [WIP] Archangel St. Michael

    Hi everyone,

    I'm posting this for mainly myself but also for anyone else who's interested in^^
    Surely critiques are always welcome.
    This is my 2nd grayscale painting and I'm eager if it will work.
    I'm using a reference for this image, maybe some of you have seen it before.

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    Hi Lux.

    It appears as if you've drawn lines from your ref and that was your main focus throughout. I suggest examining the basic forms of the figures in this piece. Draw out guidelines to give the illusion of depth, which will help you when you're ready to paint on top.



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    hey akkibox,
    thanks for your critique.

    I have refined the shapes a bit while adding some shades and highlights ^^
    Maybe / hopefully it looks better now.

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    I'm very familiar with your reference you are using. I know that it has been reproduced numerous times so it shouldn't be difficult to find shots of it from many different angles.

    I think this should help you understand the forms better.

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    yes, i have seen it many times on the internet in different variations.

    Anyways I am happy when I'm finished with this. I haven't found some proper tutorials on the web yet on adding colour to grayscale images
    And I feel like having more fun when drawing in RGB.


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    starting to render stuff.

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    The light is rather chaotic, not unified. I think it may be because you're bothering too much with detail at this point and too little with the bigger planes of the picture.

    Also, a few nitpicks; His head seems rather small and fat (probably because of the large, rounded cheeks) and his left foot (right for us) is twisted rather awkwardly if you consider the position of the left knee, which is facing far more forward. Also not sure what's going on with those arm muscles on his right arm. I'm missing structure there.

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    Lhune, thanks for your advices.
    anyhow I'm just copying this image
    I rather prefer not to copy such elaborate stuff but it is a commission and I don't really have a choice.

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    Find a good ref for arm muscles and use that - rather than the painting - to fix the left arm. Muscles simply doesn't attach that way. Place his head a little higher and a little to the right, make the neck longer. Also keep in mind where exactly the muscles overlap each other, especially on the calves. And don't forget that foot

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    If your doing a copy, spend more time making sure that you marked everything correctly, there's alot of things that you haven't copies right.

    It looks like your guessing and drawing what you think you see, rather than what is really there, look harder! This is especially visible when it comes to his clothing.

    id aslo recommend that you have a grayscale version of the picture your copying, as a reference for values.

    A last note, use the "shiney" effect you seem to be using a bit more sparingly, if everything looks glossy it competes for attention, you should have a hirachy of a sort. the cloth is blurring together into one big mass because its too busy value vise. Compare your version to the black and white version of the original, it migth help you see what i mean.

    hope this made sense =)

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