Beautiful to see how u don t copy your reference but rather use it as a source of inspiration. U made her more beautiful then she already is in the picture. Thats the way people schould work on HQ pieces imo.
people like Marko D don't do it, so it seems to me more like a clumsy crutch that ends up producing stiff images.
Nothing very wrong with that cover but it looks always too posed and stiff to me.
I don't think u can compare those two: Marko works for Marvel wich has to be verry dynamic. I don't think Elwell need such dynamic poses for a book cover...
And besides I'm sure Marko uses refs also from time to time. It would b foolish not to do. In the sence that making use of refs. (like looking in a mirror for the hands or a global pose) saves alot of time...
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Ack! What the fuck? I know the whole stars thing is a big fat joke in the first place but cmon! why would anyone rate this thread any lower than a five? I'm guessing some morons think that in order to be "granted" a five star rating they have to meet some sort of mega buff, bazooka lazer canon wielding space marine quota or something... I mean obviously technical ability CERTAINLY doesn't warrant it under that criteria...
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you're awesome! I saw you lecture in upstate NY a couple of years ago in a library, your stuff is killer in person. this is great, thanks!
one question, instead of doing gouache sketches, wouldn't it be faster to do all the prelim stuff in photoshop?
Man, leagues above me bud! I cant paint to save my life, well except digital but thats it. You have given me inspiration to get back to practicing real painting where the skills at! Keep up the good work Elwell!
Thanks, Patricia, I would never presume to sticky something in Finally Finished. I have, however, posted an edited version in the Tutorials section, with a link back to this thread if people want to comment.
Fantastic rendering Elwell. I do agree with hugenegrophallus that the model could have been posed and rendered to better portray the gravity of the situation.
Thanks for the insight on how you work. I've been meaning to look into finding ways to acquire custom reference like you have for your work. Do you or anyone else know of any links to some good photographers?