This is a style that I've been working on for a while. The style is an exploration in forces and speed. This is my 3rd and final version. I'm quite pleased with this one and I hope you will be as well.
Inspired by Marie-Jose Perec.
Painted in Sketchbook Pro 1.1. C&C welcome
Last edited by digi; September 9th, 2004 at 09:45 AM.
wow. The really like how it looks like her back calf is tearing off because she is running so fast. Very cool. The only two things I suggest would be to shorten the back leg a little - I understand it is exaggerated on perpose, but it looks a bit too exaggerated for the composition, and make the front hand less cartoonie. Overall great picture.
btw, sketchbook pro eh???? You into s&m? hehe jk. You gotta admit photoshop is soooo much better!
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Dynamic!! Different from every running picture I´ve ever seen !!
hey that looks great man! reminds me a lot of an episode from the animatrix.....maybe you've seen it....
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Bizarre, but very well done. - mh
I dunno why, just like the first one better for some reason.
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I really like it. My only suggestion would be to work on the anatomy of the raised hand. Great work.
Thank you all sooo much for all the great c&c. It has paid off. I've updated this thread with my 3rd and final version of this piece.
I've straighted out the left arm a bit and straightened out the the fingers on the left hand as well.
Fixed up the face... the last one was pretty ugly I thought.
Darkened the background... higher contrast in the lighting.
I ended up starting back from the line drawing again and repainting the whole thing from scratch but it was worth it to me. The great thing was that I've painted this painting 2 times before so this time it took me only a fraction of the hours spent.
Painting duration: 6 hrs.
ColeNuckols - Hey Thanks. Yes I've seen it. Great short! I was inspired by a photograph in Life Magazine... but I see the simularities
Scubasteve - Thanks Scubasteve! I hope you'll find the new version even more awesomerrr
yelahttam - Thanks! Different is good
JOSHUATHEJAMES - Thanks Joshua! I hope you'll like the new one better! btw, I already told you this but great portfolio!
BLX - Thank you
NukeouT - Thank you for your honesty. I liked the drawing more than the 2nd version as well! I think this 3rd version does the drawing justice though
mackdknife - Thanks!
Once again, thank you all for the great c&c. Very incouraging and smart
I know this will sound counter productive towards your effort but I think the first one is much better. The new one feels over saturated and too much contrast. And this is very subjective, but I like the first face better.
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Well, I like the runner. I think it looks cool - all three versions. (big help, aren't I?
btw, just checked your site. Love your illustrations.
Hey, excellent work.
-- I agree with Nardfog that the trailing left leg is stretched out just a smidge too much or that the leading right leg isn't stretched enough to match. You might consider cutting out little sections of the left trailing leg... one just above the knee and one just above the ankle.
-- I also agree with Nardfog about the left hand looking a bit cartoony. In addition to that, though, curving/bending the left fore arm also bothers me. There should be hints of the speed bending other body parts as well, or the forearm should be drawn straight to match the runner's other limbs in my opinion.
-- The bunching lifting of the left buttock should be exaggerated more with the trailing pose of the left leg. It was almost working in the original drawing, but the lack of highlights created by light reflecting from bellow in this image tend to make it look like both buttocks are at the same height, with the same degree and stretching or bunching. Raising and bunching the left buttock more should also enable you to thicken the left thigh so that it is a little more in balance with the right thigh even though the right thigh is supposed to be thicker due to the bunching (contracting) of its muscles.
I really like the original pencil sketch. There are some subtle but powerful things in there that didn't quite translate to the image above. (I hate it when that happens to me. Drives me nuts when some of the power in the concept sketch won't transfer to the final piece, Hehehe.) For example: the apparent position (slight tilt/turn) and features of the runner's head in the sketch strike me as more powerful then what is seen in the color version shown here.
This drawing came out so well though that I feel like I'm nit-picking with my C&Cs. I must say that I to... also like the way in which you depicted the runner's flesh tearing/peeling off with the runner's momentum.
Again, great work!!!
Last edited by 7thStone; September 9th, 2004 at 02:06 PM.
Oregano - hehe... Thanks O!
7thStone - Thank you very much for taking the time to give me your c&c! I think most of it is a case of opinion. The great thing about painting is that there's no rules. I like the point about the buttocks. I'll adjust it as soon as possible. As for the arms and legs... they look better to me because they don't match
that shits hella clean man... love the feeling of speed i get from it...
I think it looks great - a very unique style too. I think the exaggeration is wonderfully done. A nitpicky point is the left hand. It's better now but I think what bugs me is the bent index finger. It sort of looks like she's making an odd "okay" sign with her hand. If she's running really fast, I'd expect her hand to have all the fingers flying straight out with only a slight curve to them. Try running or waving your arm back and forth really quickly and you'll see what i mean. Also, maybe straighten the leading left arm a bit too - looks really rubbery right now. If I cover it up, it looks so much more awesome. But overall I still like it a lot.