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August 30th, 2012 #1
Juggler Rescuing King - PAINTING STAGE
Leaving this post empty for ease of updating the thread thumbnail. The real opening post is below.
Last edited by thegiffman; March 24th, 2013 at 11:16 PM.
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Hi Everyone, it's Giff again with another painting in my slower-than-molasses project for my son. My sister wrote a story featuring my now 8-year-old as a medieval juggler rescuing a king from bandits. I'm illustrating it in an attempt to get into digital painting. Previous WIP's are here:
Bandits Under a Tree
General Character Work
This painting will show the juggler throwing the (now unarmed) bandits' knives up to the ropes where the king has been hanging, snapping them so that he is free to fall (hopefully) harmlessly to the ground. A few worried soldiers are running up to catch him, while another soldier attempts to run down the fleeing bandits.
I've included a layout of the scene as I see it, and also thumbnails of the last five paintings to get a sense of how this one flows with the previous ones. Finally, I've done six thumbnails to explore different ways the painting might be laid out.
Opinions on the thumbnails are very welcome, as well as suggestions for alternate angles that I haven't thought of.
Finally, just a shout out to the ConceptArt.org community: y'all rock. I've improved so much over the last couple years, and am deeply grateful for the guidance I've been given - even when I responded less than graciously at the time. Thank you all so much for the gift of your time and energy.
September 21st, 2012 #3
OK, here's my favorite thumbnail pushed a little further. Let's see if this new image uploader works...
Here's the perspective guides.
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Careful, that 8-year-old juggler is looking a bit too tall and lanky to be a convincing child.
December 13th, 2012 #5
Here's some more careful work on the main figures using some reference photos.
Last edited by thegiffman; December 13th, 2012 at 10:55 PM.
December 14th, 2012 #6
The soldier on the lower-right
January 2nd, 2013 #7
Another pass at the painting - more detail and a value layout.
January 3rd, 2013 #8
Added the knife in the foreground.
January 3rd, 2013 #9
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January 17th, 2013 #10
March 16th, 2013 #11
Here's an update - contour lines, linework, and a value breakdown.
Last edited by thegiffman; March 16th, 2013 at 03:40 PM.
March 24th, 2013 #12
Some base colors. I'm enjoying the challenge of making the shadowed foreground figures dynamic and colorful and the background figures in direct sunlight washed out.
March 25th, 2013 #13
The pursuit soldier make me laught, I just imagine him roaring while running. Love the one that try to catch the king too !
I just find the right leg of the little hero a little strange, something missing to indicate that's a shortcut I think...
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