nice concept...can't wait to see how it plays out. just a note for the action, you might want to extend the legs of the reindere to have him on the falling side of a jump. cause sein's beard is falling from top to bottom, meaning that he is on the falling side of a jump...i think it might be more consistent if you did it that way. good luck man, i hope to see it some tuesday. hope all's well!
Plurb: Hmmm. yeah, you're probably got something there. I'll try and fiddle with it a little.
I started painting. In Photoshop. This is my first time actually painting in PS. It's nice. It's like painting with light washes of acrylic on glass. It flows fast too. I was having problems getting the "paint" to draw out fast enough in Painter. Besides the slight lag to each stroke, it just felt like I had to work the digital media more to get it to make forms.
with the christmas card, i would ask, what's the focal point? to me, the thing my eye gets most attracted to is the reindere's eye and nose, which seems to be the most detailed thing. it's legs look MUUUUUUCH better now, awesome. good job with the color scheme, definitely looks winter. and i LOOOOVE the colors with the evil monkey dude. i love a great, sunny orange. what about him makes him evil? i think you could push the pose more, cause the colors are definitely not going to help in that department. and just holding a skull stick doesn't make him evil, just maybe a bright shaman or something.
hope this helps. g'luck with it man, and i hope to see you after the new year. happy new year; enjoy!
Purb36: hey man. Thanks for the crit. I've worked on the monkey a bit today...painting in the face now. Yeah, that first drawing was just sort of so I could see what the animal looked like when drawn. I just wanted a clean base to get started. Instead of going all out on weird evil costume, I decided on un-cute, evil expression/face. I started drawing in the costume, then realized that the cool element to this animal is their hair and by having costumed up, it just covered that coolness.
updated: PS is doing some strange things when I save this as a jpg. It lightens it about 5%. It's not much, but it forces me to then adjust the lighting controls and I can't seem to get it to match the original PS file. (all the previous painted versions of this character were the lightened version. This is the first post that I've actually tried to match the original. It's closer. Maybe a little too dark in the face)
from what i hear, turning off color management should solve that problem. there's numerous threads in the PS subforum, and it should also be in the ps helpfile as well. lookin good, though yeah, he is a little dark in the face. keep pluggin man, work hard!