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    Barbarian concept art (moved from FF)

    As a long time lurker- I've decided that it's finally time to take the plunge and start exhibiting some of my work. I come from a 3D animation background and haven't done any 2D art in a while- so in an effort to improve myself I bought a copy of Matt Dixon's Fantasy Artists Bible and created the following based on his tutorial.

    For reference, the head was created through following a separate tutorial on IDrawGirls.

    All constructive criticism is very much appreciated. There are a whole bunch of things that I would change having finished the piece, but I needed to lay it to rest otherwise I'd spend weeks and weeks refining and tweaking it.

    For those interested, I'm on Twitter (@MeteorPixel) and have a blog available here: http://www.meteorpixel.co.uk.

    Thanks!
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    Honestly, I think you have a decent grasp on rendering
    and colour use. Parts of this picture look unfinished and
    flat however.

    You need to find a better reference for this. With muscular
    half naked barbarians a lot of focus is on their physique so its
    important to nail that. Right now there are lot of flaws and
    flatness throughout the figure. The feet are way too small.
    The head he is carrying is completely flat and undetailed
    and as a result weakens the rest of the image.

    You are not realising your full potential yet. Do more studies
    of real figures and anatomy, be sure to study lighting and
    atmospheric effects. Check out James Gurneys Colour and Light:
    A Guide for the Realist Painter. I cannot stress enough how
    great this book is. He also has a blog, just look up
    Gurneys Journey.

    From a personal standpoint I would also see about pushing
    the design a bit further than topless conan-clone in a hairy
    loincloth. But thats just my own preference, try putting
    something of yourself in the image that will make people
    remember it and give it more than a passing glance.

    You have potential, but now you have to nurture it
    through some studies of the basics, such as anatomy
    lighting and composition.

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    Hi Star Eater,

    Some first rate advice there- thank's for taking the time to offer up your input. I'll definately check out the James Gurney Book and blog!

    Cheers,
    Sam

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    You sure you want to be a sword and sorcery kind of guy, Sam? There's something charming about your rendering style that doesn't really go with. Like his right hand, for example -- it's wrong, but it's pleasingly wrong. It made me smile.

    I could see you refine this style into editorial cartooning or kids' illustrations or something like that. Just a thought.

    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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    Hi Stoat

    Thanks for your comments- I'm glad you find the style charming. I've done a bit of illustrative work in the past so perhaps this is showing through?

    As for the topic, Sword and Sorcery is a genre new to me so I thought I'd at least give it a go. I may even try some Sci-Fi stuff in the future purely for a bit of a challenge!

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    You need to think about your lighting and mood. Your picture is a good start, but you have to take it much further. Use strong highlights and shadows to help define the forms in your image. I did a paint-over that I hope helps to show one possibility you could take.

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    Hi Keith,

    Wow- thank you for putting the time in to mock this up, its great. I'll definitely take your advice on board!

    Cheers,
    Sam

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    Hi,

    I like this even though there are some terrible anatomy problems.

    When I look at the head and shoulder on the left, it looks perfect.
    And I really mean it, the style even reminds me of N.C Wyeths great illustrations.

    BUT when i look at the legs and hands I just want to cry

    So next time try to get a reference for legs and hands also

    And by the way this is a style that balances between a line drawing and a painting...
    so it might help you to focus on the tight linework first and then add colors...
    Now there are some sloppy lines in the legs that might not have occurred if you
    worked with bare lines first.


    And keep drawing, I want to see more of this style!

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    Thanks for your kind words Juho- I appreciate it!

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