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Thread: Cthulhu fhtagn no more
August 15th, 2012 #27
This is epic. Lovecraft stories are definitely a fun thing to illustrate. I really like how you've handled this and it's been interesting to see it progress. In your last image I really like the subtle green on Cthulhu, contrasting with the eerie purple in the rest of the image, well done!
Just some personal nitpicks;
If I were painting this image, I would have turn Cthulhu to be three quarter, or at least shift him a bit so he wasn't dead-on to the camera. It doesn't jive well with the angle of the beach, in my opinion. It looks like you've turned him slightly in the last image, though.
I liked the framing element the fish dude nearest the camera, now that you've pushed him back it's detracting some of the horror aspect in the sense that you can't see so much of his hideous detail and the fact that previously his form made the painting feel much more enclosed and threatening.
Watch out that the fish guys on the left side of the image don't start to look like they're repeating too much. You had a nice sense of variation going on, and in the last image it's looking dangerously copy-pasty.
I also just want to gush about how much I love the sand rendering, as it's something I've never managed to fully pin so far, and I love the long shadows, they add such an air of menace.
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August 15th, 2012 #28
Ysvyri, thank you man. I was already making some of those changes before you posted. Couldn't agree more.
Btw, Cthulhu was meant to be 3/4, or at least not completely facing the camera. I changed him a bit, maybe now he looks 3/4 as it should. If not, I will have to do something.
Next time I begin an illustration I must remember to spend A LOT more time in the sketch and concept!
EDIT: I´m not particularly good at choosing colors, I can´t decide what looks better. And I kind of like the b&w.
Last edited by Sady; August 16th, 2012 at 02:53 AM.
August 16th, 2012 #29
August 16th, 2012 #30
you said you werent so hot with colour but i think this sky on this one is really good, i like the subtle swirls of pure evil above the big guy
maybe try tilting the image a little, a flat perspective is kind of static
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August 19th, 2012 #31
Velocity Kendall, thanks man! I brought back the swirls of pure [cosmic] evil and the purplish sky. But I didn't like the tilt so much. The figures are not dynamic enough for that, I think.
I think I´m getting to a point where I can´t evolve the picture without repainting it. Unless a wild idea to improve appears, I´ll call it finished.
August 20th, 2012 #32
yep looking like its time to lock it.
what you thinking for the next one?
August 20th, 2012 #33
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August 20th, 2012 #34
wow, I really like your final version! like that the purple is no longer so dominant.
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August 20th, 2012 #35
The time would be easy to know, for then mankind would have become as the Great Old Ones; free and wild and beyond good and evil, with laws and morals thrown aside and all men shouting and killing and revelling in joy. Then the liberated Old Ones would teach them new ways to shout and kill and revel and enjoy themselves, and all the earth would flame with a holocaust of ecstasy and freedom.
August 20th, 2012 #36
"V" my mate I worry about you sometimes!!
A great kind hearted lumbering bullock
http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=209918 = my Sketchbook
August 20th, 2012 #37
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I personally prefer the color you show in the #29 post. I honestly think i'ts really cool! Nice perspective too.
The only weird thing is the wings of the "celestial chtulhu entity" (or something like that^^).
The left wing have a weird perspective for my eye, too much like a dome but may i'm wrong.
About the arms of the big thing, you don't know if they are behind or un "front of" (sorry for my bad english...) the wing, especially on the right wing cause it too transparent.
I keep trying to learn how to draw since I was 3 years old... except that I just understand that I have to pratice and that's all.
BTW i'm a french native speaker so my english can be really bad... I apologize...
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