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    Viking landing WIP

    Here is a new WIP, its at a very rough stage at the moment as you can see.

    The Viking ships have been copy pasted from a Ref I found on the net just so i can work out compositions, I'll paint them in myself later on.

    Also I know the back anatomy isn't right, at this stage I am just trying to get an impression down and I will try and make the Anatomy more accurate as I progress.

    I'm happy to hear anyone's thoughts and crits!

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    The dude in the picture -- is he there to repel the Vikings? Or is he a Viking, in which case, why is he facing the sea and the ships?

    Other'n that, looking good for early stages. You'll have to handle the ships carefully so they don't muddle up his silhouette.

    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).
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    The guys is meant to be a Native American brave who happens upon the Vikings landing. I think of him as some super bad ass who is convinced he is invincible and he's about to show these Vikings how tough he is.

    bit more work on it-

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    The issue is that he looks like a bodybuilder (his back and arms). If you want him to be read as an American Indian make him more slender, with even darker hair. Feathers & tomahawk more visible. Our stereotype is vikings = big guys / indians = slender guys. Not saying thats realistic, but thats how people are gonna read it visually.

    Composition - you need to balance the right site, since you went for symmetric composition. Maybe another ship, something.

    Perspective - the camera could go up a bit, so you would have more space to portray other characters (approaching)

    just some pointers, good luck with it

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    I agree with Nrekkvan. I think Native Americans were typically more wiry and hard. Lean muscled. I feel like he is obscuring something we should be seeing.

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    Thanks LAG and Nrekkvan for your feedback. I'm playing around with the balance now, also added in some more beach.

    Again the ships are just copy pasted for composition. I'll change the angles and stuff in the final, I'm just figuring out where everything goes.

    As for the size of the Brave I kind of want him to be bigger than what you might expect.

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    I'm going to suggest you do some more research on Native Americans, rather than just using a standard Great Plains Indian.
    There are many tribes on the East coast that have strong visual elements in there tribal designs that could really sell the image as an Indian warrior.
    I know its not a historical piece but base it on fact and then extrapolate.

    Check out Robert Griffing's art - even though they are more French Indian wars it gives you a good basis to play from:

    Robert Griffing

    Oh and you'll probably need to find which tribes to play with, image wise.

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    Venger I think you're right, its time to start thinking about making the costume seem cool and authentic.

    I didn't go so far as to actually pick a tribe, but I think these read a bit more as Native Americans.

    here are a few costume designs. Needless to say they are just basic block ins.

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    I do like this version

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    Now this one is my favourite. I imagine that the Brave has hunted these white skinned people before and he's kept their skulls as trophies. On his left arm I think he added a white stripe for every white man he's killed in battle. He's sees the ships and immediately recognises what is in them. I'm strongly leaning towards this version.

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    Nice start. I like the concept.
    Maybe you should make a variety of those sails. Not exactly the same on all of the boats. And make them a litle torn since they have traveled a long way. Just a little hint, but I'm not an expert.
    I think it has good potential.

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    I might be the only one thinking this, but I feel that it's a little cramped height-wise, I think I'd like some more space above the indian's head.

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