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    Bara- God of destiny

    Hi everyone,

    I'm doing an ilustration about the god Bará, he is from a brazilian religion called Umbanda.

    Bará has various domains: commerce, destiny, crossroads, sex and is, of all the gods, the most human. He is very intelligent and charismatic but can be enraged easily, he likes hard work and despise laziness. His simbols are a key (wich he uses to unlock or lock someone's destiny, chains and a scythe.

    My main inspiration in this piece is the awesome art of Yangqi. I'm trying to achieve a painterly look since I will print the art and give to the church.

    Critiques are more than welcome!

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    Background feels secondary since he's not interacting with it in any way.

    Will he have feet because cutting him off at the ankles is a bad idea.

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    First off,what references are you using for the man and the landscape around him?

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    OmenSpirits:

    Crossrods and roads are his simbols too, and everytime someone is on a "crossroads of life" it is a good idea to give Bará a gift to have your destiny unlocked. This is why I put his siting on a stone on a crossroads, I forgot to mention that!


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    Besides Yangqi works, some images of Bará and some landscapes. What are you not liking besides his left arm?

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    The scythe is disappearing into his leg armor. The values are too similar, do something to separate them.

    The rock he's sitting on is pretty tough to notice, so it looks like he's squatting awkwardly.

    You should extend the canvas down a bit, not only to show his feet and the base of the rock he's sitting on, but to show the road before it splits in two -- make it obvious that it's a crossroads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexandre Belmonte View Post



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    Besides Yangqi works, some images of Bará and some landscapes. What are you not liking besides his left arm?
    What I am not liking is that his feet are being cut off(already mentioned by others in the thread)

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    Also there's A LOT of unnatural repetition, which makes the background look fake. Everything's placed too evenly and neatly, like somebody arranged everything, instead of them being created and growing naturally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexandre Belmonte View Post
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    Crossrods and roads are his simbols too, and everytime someone is on a "crossroads of life" it is a good idea to give Bará a gift to have your destiny unlocked. This is why I put his siting on a stone on a crossroads, I forgot to mention that!


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    Besides Yangqi works, some images of Bará and some landscapes. What are you not liking besides his left arm?
    Your cropping was a poor choice. Him being at the crossroads wasn't apparent to me until you said.

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