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    Hillbilly Bear Story Illustration WIP

    Hello everyone

    I'm currently working on a series of "hill billy" themed illustrations to bolster up my lacking portfolio.

    I'm about halfway through coloring the first image and I'm starting to run out of steam..and figured this is a good point to ask for crits! Changes in coloring style, elements that need to be added/destroyed, start over! Anything

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    Being of mountain stock m'self, I didn't want to like this thing, but I do. I really do.

    There's all kinds of stuff wrong with it, but if you fixed any of them, you'd ruin it.

    Can we see the others?

    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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    Oh my god. This is ****ing awesome. I love the epic battle scene between the hillbilly and the bear in the middle.

    EDIT: And please, DON'T CHANGE ANYTHING. If someone starts posting about "fix this" or "this is wrong", I beg you to ignore them! Seriously.

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    I would change the body of the guy punching the bear to look more like the body with his arm on the truck. They dont match up, hes too muscular, but honeslty thats just being picky. Good job, good interesting style, I want to see some more.

    EDIT: just had a thought, maybe some fish jumping in the air behind the bear head, or a deer, or just some random animals up top around the title.

    this make me think of Gentlemen Broncos

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    Quote Originally Posted by -BE- View Post
    I would change the body of the guy punching the bear to look more like the body with his arm on the truck. They dont match up, hes too muscular, but honeslty thats just being picky.
    But he must defeat the bear.

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    I just want to say that upon looking at your sketchbook thread, I am wondering why you aren't doing movie posters, famous gallery shows, or indie rock album covers. You have , in my opinion, created a universe in your work and you can seemingly access it through any medium. And you have your own way of making marks that doesn't seem forced or learned - it's totally your own. Hopefully you'll be featured on the front page one day or something. I'm a fan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gfxtwin View Post
    But he must defeat the bear.
    then he needs even bigger muscles. turn the exaggeration level up to 11

    I just noticed hes got his middle finger up and punching the bear.

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    Stoat-I have the same love/hate relationship with my deep country roots, which is kind of the reason I have this series planned. Just out of curiosity what are some of the things I could fix even if you think I should not fix them? I'm trying to pin point areas I need to work on.
    gfxtwin part1-thanks

    -BE- -That was honestly something I did intentionally. The idea is that the character is telling some exaggerated story or even completely made up story about this fight with a bear and in his retelling he's super muscular.

    So is there a way I could make that idea more obvious? That he's telling a story?

    You're right about having something behind the bear head. The brown on brown makes the bear portrait flat.

    gfxtwin part2- Ya'll know he won right? I mean shit, ain't no way you could fight a bear and tell about it later if you didn' win!

    gfxtwin part3- thanks again. Honestly I've been a super lazy person. Not saying laziness is the reason I'm not famous, I still have a LOT to learn, but even with as much art as I do I just kind of do what I want when i want to. No structure or goals up until now. I realized my portfolio was lacking in every area that I thought was important to me. Like pretty much every one else on CA I want to be an illustrator or concept artist, yet I have practically no illustrations or concept pieces! I have a whole bunch of fine art landscapes.

    Here's the WIP for the next image.

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    BE- You answered one of my questions! I need to make it more exaggerated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HugeHarHar View Post


    So is there a way I could make that idea more obvious? That he's telling a story?
    I think having the fight scene inside a word balloon would work. or just the triangle of a word balloon to suggest that the image is coming from his mouth. I also think it would be cool to see the bear telling his friends an exaggerated version of what really happened.

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    I tried out the word balloon idea, and I couldn't find the right way of introducing that shape with out it looking weird, so I tried changing the saturation in some areas to see if I could make there be some obvious difference between the two planes. Whatchu think?

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    Of course! He's telling the story.

    I don't think you should fix anything. You've got your own language going there and I wouldn't dare tell you how to speak it.

    Someone with a similarly symbolic approach to art might have some insights.

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    I think the saturation on the first version is better. what you have is pretty close to perfect, it really doesnt NEED anything. But you did ask for ideas and suggestions, here is just an idea.

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    I still like the first post the best, the fish and deer seem out of place. The only thing that I might tweak is the face of the bear on the right and give it a little more contrast by lightning up the lights on the right side of the face with some browns instead of greys.

    That's my two cents

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