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    Art Order Levi Challenge

    So I'm doing an entry for the Art Order - Levi challenge, and have come to it ridiculously late. (It's been going since early December, and sketches are due at the end of the week? SPEED MODE.) Anyhow, I did a huge pile of thumbnails, and narrowed it down to these:

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    (Hopefully they're understandable - they're already tightened up a bit since I tend to thumbnail with so much visual shorthand only I can comprehend any of it.) I could use a hand picking which one to go with and/or crits explaining why none of these work. I'm leaning towards 1, 4, or 5.

    This is also posted on WIPNation, as required for the challenge.
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    #5 and #1 are definitely my favorite
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    I agree with the above. Just be sure to better break up that large super dark mass if you choose number 1.
    Please Sir, I'd like some more.

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    I like the compositions of #2 and #4 the best, but I think the contrast in #1 is very compelling. So like was said before, if you could break up the mass of darkness some, I think #1 would be your best bet.
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    Thanks guys. Here's a more worked-out sketch of number 1; I'm going to do ones like this of at least one more of them, hopefully two (5 is next, then 2 if I have time)... they're still rough and mostly compositional, so crit is appreciated on composition and lighting (oh god, especially on lighting, help), but I haven't shot reference yet, so I'm not too worried about anatomy and the like at this stage.

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    The more I look at this, the more I think I'll probably be going to final with one of the other comps. =D
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    Hey Revidescent, nice work.
    The thumb 5 is more interesting and dynamic with nice diagonals and nice poses.
    But if you go with this one i think the light is great, coming from below and a less intense light come from them back. Look for some creepy stills of movies for reference.
    Keep it up!
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    Thanks Luk, I preferred 5 as well. Here're all the sketches:

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    I'm 90% sure I'm going to go with the 2nd one (I... I just like strong light sources) though the challenge has an AD so if they say otherwise, I'll do another one. Or if you guys think one of the other comps is stronger! Do you?

    The third one kicked my ass. Trying to find a lighting situation that was compositionally nice, narratively focused, AND actually made any sense as light, well... I don't think I've done that, and trying to balance them all may have made me fail at all 3.
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    Out of your last three comps I prefer the first one. To me, it convey the most story and evokes an emotional response. The sitting character looks like he is emoting and his relationship with the skeleton is left more to interpretation. Is he there? Is he symbolic? I just like where it is going. the 3rd one could accomplish the same thing but I have a problem with the skeletons spear. It is running almost parallel to the main character and is disrupting the flow of the composition. Perhaps you might consider changing it and pointing out of the picture plane. This would lead your viewer nicely out of the picture and hopefully into the pages inside the book.

    Just my two cents but I hope they are useful to you. Good luck with the challenge!
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    Thanks, Wheeljack. Making me question my choice of final. =) I do like the first one, but I'm worried about creating a believable lighting situation, and also that - compared to the other entries up so far - it's just not dynamic enough. It is more narratively interesting than the second, though, so I'll have to think about that.
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    I agree with Wheeljack18. Out of the three I think #1 is more interesting than others. #2 and #3 has dynamic camera angles, but 1 still looks stronger because of the relationship of character gestures and background. There's more room in #1 to have creative negative space in background to complete the flow of composition. I like how background is also part of the narrative in #1...because they are placed on the left and looking right, it makes me think what they are looking at and thinking about.
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    Thanks raqmo. I suppose the two of you have swayed my opinion. =) I've got a friend coming over in a couple of hours to shoot reference, so there's the point of no return. Now to figure out how to actually shoot reference with this lighting... (Two ground-level lamps maybe?)
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    The lines are about 2/3 done, still working on the skeleton, but hoping to get some crit at this stage... I'm completely at a loss how to figure out the perspective for the distant background there; with everything turned at a different angle than the foreground, uneven ground, and a different level than everything else, I don't even know where to start.

    Also, any other crit is super appreciated!

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