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    Action group sketch

    Here I have a sketch of what's supposed to be an action group shot. I thought out how to separate the space but now the composition isn't as epic or though out as I originally imagined. I'm also not to sure if the silhouette is as dynamic as it could be.

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    The overall composition isn't very "epic." The anatomy is all a bit off, I'd recommend reading Andrew Loomis's "Figure Drawing for what It's Worth" and "Creative Illustration" (the second for composition.)

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    The one girl at the bottom is having her hair blown strongly to the
    one side, while everyone elses hair is static?

    Everyone else looks pretty relaxed while knife guy looks like he
    is getting ready to charge forward what is he looking at? He is
    breaking the dynamic of the rest of the group and the viewers
    eyes will be drawn to him continuously as he leads them right out
    of the picture.

    The standing around as a group looking serious/cool is a common
    enough pose in TV series promotions, movie posters, such and such.
    I would check those out to see what makes them work. I think you
    are being a little ambitious with the perspective right now. Your figures
    are totally flat against the angle lines in the background.

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    It doesn't look very *actiony* for an action group shot. Maybe look at some of Drew Strouzan's movie posters if you're looking for a fairly static but successful montage. Otherwise I'd check out some comic book covers for ideas.

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    Well, some of the stuff I said here: http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=234728 could be applied in this one too.
    Especially about what Star Eater said about that one guy leading the eye out of the picture, which is something that also happens a bit with the one guy's gun and the girl's hair, considering that you're more for a circular composition with the actual group.


    Also is there a reason why you have so much extra space on the sides? If this is not the final crop, I'd add that to the post too so that it can be judged based on that, but if this is the crop you're going with, it makes the huddled group look bit awkward (in the "why are they standing so close to each other for no reason") especially when the "school photo" crowd is broken by that one guy and wide images generally tend to be more calmer (considering you want this to be epic and dynamic).

    Also agreed again with Star Eater, if you want this image to be from an upwards angle, then pull out some refs.

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    I'm puzzled at everyone's sizes. Are they all human sized? And are they standing on the same floor? It looks a little as if everyone was standing on a different height platform.

    Do you have Photoshop, or another layer-based programme? What I often do to play around with so many people in the same image is sketch in PS, putting each character on his or her own layer, and then move them around, flip, enlarge, shrink... gives you a lot more flexibility with figures and their heights than pencil on paper.

    Those links from TinyBird are excellent. Great examples of good composition!

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    Looks much better. Now I'd shoot a photo ref for all the characters and re-draw them using that sketch as the composition point to get more natural gestures. Because right now there's some stuff that just looks slightly off either in perspective or gesture (like why the one guy is holding his gun so that he has to twist his arm so back? so that you could draw his weapon conveniently from the profile and avoid foreshortening it?). Also the amount of perfect profiles looks off unless you plan on making this more graphical in style and then there's just bunch of anatomy mistakes, like the guy with the dagger, in that position his thigh would would be aligned with his chest and likely press against it too (nor would we see his whole body from profile).

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