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June 27th, 2012 #1
Red Hood and Wolf Crit
Here's a piece I made on Red Riding Hood.
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I think her eyes are mis-aligned.
Also I'd shoot reference for that hand. It doesn't look inhuman, but it doe look unnatural in the position.
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June 27th, 2012 #3
Looks like a pretty good start. You might try introducing some more texture work and hardening up some of the edges on your focal points.
Look at the work of Dan Dos Santos for some good examples to follow. At this stage, it's who your piece reminds me of in terms of subject matter and style.
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Also, just so I'm not confusing you. By 'introduce texture work,' I mean actually paint them in. Create texture with thoughtful brush work...
June 28th, 2012 #7
put some highilghts in there too, and a little bit of color variation will help a lot. It's not red riding hood without at least a bit of red.
June 28th, 2012 #8
Just a small crit - I think there are parts here that are well-done... but careful with the nose. The hood is supposed to be more red than her nose.
It's true that the skin on the face has slightly different colors, but latley there's a red-nose syndrome going on. It looks awkward.
Ok, but the big critique is that it's lacking impact. There's not much to look at:
She's the focal point, there's a small wolf silhouette. And that's about it.
Did you think about what mood/feeling you want to convey? Did you think about composition? Did you do a research on intersting pictures and set-ups you could've used to spice this picture up? That's how you could start your next picture.
June 29th, 2012 #9
I don't feel like the colors are doing anything to make her pop out of the image, consider increasing the saturation of red riding hood and bringing some harder edges in there as it feels like everything is in a haze right now
might wanna ref a few tree textures for the trunks and some forests as the depth just doesn't look that believable right now
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As for the impact, I meant to keep it simple so you didn't wander all around the piece, but I see how it can seem kind of dull. For the composition, I was thinking a halo of brightness around her would make her pop. Keeping her clothes dark and brightening her skin for the same effect. I didn't want too much detail on the background so that you wouldn't miss the wolf silhouette. But I understand I might have gone too far with the blur. These are good things to keep in mind for the next one, thank you.
June 29th, 2012 #13
If you want to go this particular way, I would suggest you make her face brighter and more saturated than the light in the background. That would be in line with the style I think. Right now her face and the light in the background are exactly the same saturation, hue and value.
I get that you want to go for a stylization that involves a black silhouette, but if that is the case I think you need to make her profile stronger / more interesting for the image to pop (this is where thumbnailing silhouettes would be a good idea). Maybe she could be carrying the basket with food for grandma or something else if you want to be less traditional.
Consider using the lasso tool and painting in the selection to make some really sharp edges too, because that would improve the graphic effect of the silhouttes.