so ive been working on this one for a while, i would have liked to get some input while working on it but i don't have internet at home. This is to be used as a ref for a oil painting. looking for opinions on whether stuff looks right and is readable, on the composition and colors.
This looks like it'll be sic! This sideways composition gives me a Normal Rockwellish feeling, I love it! I would desaturate the V's in the back a little more but that's just personal opinion. I think it would also be sick if you brought the camera angle even lower to give it a more menacing feeling, but that's just again my likes. Nice!!
Looks good. You put in some serious time with the design and it shows.
I think the main problem here is the way the thing reads. There are basically six very bright spots, a row of heads, and everything else is extremely dark. My eye goes straight to the torches, and then looks at the strong line of Guy Fawkeses, and then, as an afterthought, notices there's a girl, a pig and a headless cop. I sort of doubt that's what you intended.
If it were me, I'd push the entire background more to the midrange and really kick up the edge lights on the foreground figures. Paintover below.
Only thing I have to add aside from the other comments is that I get a strong (and distracting) sense of the cop's head/face feeling cut and pasted on. Maybe that goes along with the theme here or not?
Wow! Really cool image. I'd think about filling out the background with more figures and varying the saturation amongst them. You may also want to consider whether you really need the band of empty space along the bottom of the canvas. Cropping this out may give you a more theatrical panoramic feeling and focus the image on the gaze between the two main characters.
Ok this is really a nice composition, and it doesn't need a long explanation of what the story is about which is really nice to see. And it is weird, which is of course delightful. The think I like in Sone_one's overpaint (although a tad dark for my taste) is that you can really see the rhythm of the heads. In your original the up and down flow is interrupted by the flame glow so it's one flat line of reds. I also like that in his the fog effect around their heads is behind them, not in front - gives a feeling of atmospheric depth.
I'm bothered by the position of the seated figure. His foot and knee are behind the cauldron, but his right arm is stirring it. I would think that would mean that arm would have to cross his chest much more sharply and the torso twist at the waist (and it would be an awkward sort of pose).
I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).