what is the point of the butterfly? I doesn't seem to add anything to the piece, neither does the green light from the helmet. And the gun is really short, looks like you are going for a rifle of sorts, and that is way to short, use ref?
I wanted to paint something with a special forces kind of soldier that really really contrasts the meaning of them. So you've got your special ops soldier who is an elite in his field, a trained killer. On the other hand you have the butterfly who lands on the barrel of the gun, in the middle of the combat. The butterfly could be described as being one of the most harmless and innocent things in nature. The butterfly causes the soldier to have a flashback of what things were like back home, the peaceful and quietness of it all.. This was my kind of thinking behind it.. And yes I used a reference for the gun, I think I made it slightly longer than it was in the reference, .. and also this is my 6th digital painting so I was trying new brushes and techniques and all of that.
tbh it doesn't even look like the soldier noticed the butterfly at a glance, you need to make the eye the focal point, or else most people are going to miss the fact he is even looking at the butterfly. And the blood is a little over done, I mean I understand a little blood put that is kinda an over kill, I think that a little blood could go along way. And the light on the gun should be reflecting off the top barrel. Other then that I like this piece a lot.
Why is he buried in wool?
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Dude, PLEASE get reference for that pose with that M4. Looking at it is making my teeth ache.
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