So I submitted an entry to the Art Order Challenge (theartorder.com). I didn't place in the finalists. I did receive a critique from someone I know in the industry and was looking for some clarification on it from the ConceptArt community. This is from a busy AD and I didn't want to bother them with follow up questions.
As well, any further critiques would be most welcome.
So... Here is the critique...
What to improve?
Look at proportions and perspectives in the space.
The tomb stone the skeleton is standing on confuses the eye with the other tombstones: they don't appear to be on the same plane.
I see where the light source is, but what is it? What could give that much light to Levi and his buddy but not on the church or tree?
The skeleton's face is great but where is his neck? Should he have a neck? If not, why not?
Notice the skeleton's leg bones compared to his ribcage, why are the legs so far behind?
Here is what is confusing me... Or maybe I just don't see it. I don't see what is meant by the tombstones not being on the same plane. Does it mean the one that the skeleton is standing on is too small, compared to the background ones (which are larger)? Or is it a perspective issue?
When it's said the lighting should be more spread out, "on the church or tree"... I feel like this runs counter to the things I know... group my lighting, make choices and bring the focus where I want it. Is my lighting difference just too much? Looking to Rembrandt or Rubens I see very extreme differences.
And then the neck... This is something maybe I don't see as well, I feel like the skeleton is leaning over, sort of looking down as he steps up, at least that was my intent. I feel like you would not see his neck... In the reference image I shot there was not much visible neck.
So yea, not saying the AD is wrong or i am right... Just want to hear some second opinions.