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So, I decided to start working on my Necromancer Illustration for the Activity I run (in sig) and I doodle out some thumbs for composition. Feel free to let me know which one you like, and anything I can do to make it better.
p.s.- I know these aren't very dynamic, but it's a short deadline with a lot of work needed.
First one has nice background, but lack a good focal point. I assume you want the necromancer to be the attention grabber, but if that's the case, he's too far on the side. The bottom two are better composed, I'd suggest use the bottom left one and change the necormancer's pose to make it more active, or more creepy.
Also, I think it may help to make the simple thumb more interesting if you use a few simple shades to show the general shading and lighting.
thanks look, appreciate your time. These little doodles are even less then thumbs for me, but with everything else going on I didn't want to spend too much time. Thanks.
I started to sketch out the one Look suggested, The shadows are off on the figures a bit and the middle ground is in need of work (can't hide everything in mist) suggestions welcome
I just started working on something else at the same time, you know jumped overboard and didn't return. . .but there will be more stuff back there, eventually.
So McLean, when you coming by the stand and working again? Eric is out of town thursday-saturday, food for thought.
Love the sketch, looking real good.
It is, however, quite far from the subject given (Description: A powerful dark Knight Necromancer in a cemetary, summoning skeletons and zombies. He is covered in robes and armor, spellbook, etc.).
Then you should probably trace it and do another piece, or something, because I really like the secret society gentleman feel this piece has. It'd be a shame to let it go to waste
Looks very promising!
I'm looking forward to seeing it being rendered. His thigh is a bit long, isn't it? That is.. his kneecap is placed too low.. I think
hmm.. i agree with Aremah, the version that has him in the suit is a lot more effective than the one with armour. armoured necromancers are completely done to death (scuse the pun). please, i emplore you to keep the suit, its a refreshing depiction to say the least. the armour and sword, coupled with the expression makes me think hes a warrior employed by a ravaged village to get rid of their zombie infestation, and hes gone and become a scared statue to avoid the masses. dress him in the suit again, lose the sword and replace it with an ornamental cane, and perhaps adjust the expression to be a little more sinister, or at least confident/cocky. nice piece, i look forward to see which option you take.
In my opinion (which hold as much weight in art as feather in space) I think the late 1800s/1900s suit gentleman feels scarier and just seems to be more effective then the cliched armored necromancer. But again we haven't really seen youre vision played out yet.
do what you feel is best!
thanks guys, I'm actually doing both versions of the image. One will be the knight necro, the other the suit necro. . .It's a matter of preference, I've had people tell me they like one over the other for both versions.
The legs are an issue, they look short (I have short legs and tend to do draw them that way, I will try to fix it painting)
Cool! I can't wait to see both of them!