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    Icon Cover Art

    Hi there

    This is a painting made in order to be a cover for the second issue of a new
    comics magazine in Bulgaria. There are no any signs yet, so you may thing
    that the image is incomplete, but it's not.





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    Last edited by velinov; July 16th, 2005 at 04:25 AM.
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    I like your style and this image.
    Although I'm not sure if I like the backround and the fading into black.

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    Like the face, but think that he holding sword too high, also shoulders need to get down (I do aikido more than 3 years). Also back arm is not quite clear.

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    thats awsome

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    This is really cool, I like it.

    Is the top darker to bring out the text when it's added?

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    Yes, theire must have a logo on top. Thanks for the crits...

    Cheers

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    I really like the textural way you've painted his skin, but I think the background's a bit overpowering, especially at the bottom/around your signature. Lessen the contrast in your texture back there, and I think it will integrate better with your figure.

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    Love the image especially the intense look on your characters face. Kendo is the style for japanese sword fighting not akido and he is holding it in a proper ninjitsu stance. My only problem is the actual sword itself, it seems as though you drew it hastily as well as a master would never hold a katana like that only a choku-to (ninja style sword). But I'm probably the only one viewing the image that would know that so the point is mute. Well done nonetheless.

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    Hey-- I think this is great!

    Just to hijack the thread a bit...

    Truth be told, there are dozens of ways to hold a sword. in 8 some years of training with a sword, I'm sure I've looked like that on occasion... don't get too bogged down in mechanics of swordmanship. In Bujinkan Budo Taijitsu there are no hard fast rules..

    "what works works."
    That is true in both combat and illustration. anyone who trains in physical combat regularly can open any comic book or watch any show and laugh about how it isn't done the same way *I* was trained... point is, each media has it's own method of creating dynamic effects and building tension.

    this piece really hammers home a warrior who is very focused.

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    I like the face very much. I think his whole arm are looks too flat though, I think with the hand where it is his elbow should be raised and really 'pop out' more.

    I like the shape of his head and the texture too.

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    Loving the way you've rendered the face! Beautiful

    The sketchbook thread!

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    really cool pic

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    Im in the gang, Realy cool !
    I like the head, and the way you made the facial features!

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    Just to throw in my two cents about the stance and all that stuff:

    Aikido actually does have its roots in japanese swordsmanship, when you examine all the foundation and such. As far as a "proper ninjitsu stance" goes, we don't really know what PROPER ninjutsu would look like, since it doesn't exist anymore. Only Bunjinkan stuff (and I'm not knocking its effectiveness, but it isn't a historically practiced, authentic group of arts.)


    As for the image, I dig it. Really solid and strong looking, great rendering. I think I'd like a lightsource from the top, since hes got a shiny bald head, but I don't know what sort of criteria they gave you to meet. Either way, looks good.



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    I love the water color texture you give to your paintings, and this one is no exception : well done.

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    The face looks great and I like the bkgd. His arms seem short or just too high (as mentioned). The color works well.

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    Hi Svetlin! Great to see another pic from you. Smashing stuff! I love the way you render cloth.

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    I like your style in general, I think you have a really good nack for color and backlighting.

    The thing that bothers me about this particular work is that you kinda winged the perspective and attention to detail in some places. For example, when the handle of the sword doesnt look like it's attached to the blade, the handguard is really exaggerated in its proportions, and the collar of the kimono is folded almost in on itself rather than around the guy's neck.

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    Thanks for the crits. Some of them really make mе think of their point.
    I haven't practice any fight art and those who criticize the way the
    samurai is holding the sword are right, but I think that this is not such
    important as the feeling and condition of the picture.

    cheers

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    Nice brush strokes! I really enjoy how you lay down your marks and how some areas are more worked than others. Nice design, great bounce lighting, fun stuff. You Master & Servant was really nice as well. Keep doing what you do man.

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    Nice job. I love this piece and really dig how the folds in his garment came off. Good work.

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    awesome job man.

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    Nice work!I really like the folds of his dress!

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    Thanks a lot. Sorry that I havent enought time to answear to some of you.

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    My God some of you guys are hard to please...Forget the swordsmanship thing etc...
    This is a really an amazing illustration...I wish I could do something as half as good as this.

    GREAT JOB!!!!

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    It is always hard when one is dealing with something that exists in another culture, there is no way to not make a mistake, since the people of that culture might not even know all the correct answers either, they will debate among themselves as well.

    Lovely job on the rendering, I love the face too, it's very heavy on the piece. Something about the relation of the head to his body proportion bothers me though... it almost feel as if the shoulder should come forward more and be more foreshorten? (taking bigger space?) I am not so sure.
    I agree with the other post that the sword handle itself is a point to watch out too.

    Overall a lovely piece, the expression is expressed.

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    I love the painting technique... I'm assuming it's digital, but doesn't feel digital. I'm always a sucker for a more watercolor look. The cloth folds are great!

    My only critique is that the sword looks a little unfinished or crooked... and his hand, while rendered really well, still looks a little "flat" & pasted in front of the hilt - it doesn't look like he's really holding the sword.

    BTW, I've been an Aikido instructor for over 10 years... that may not be how I would hold a sword, but I also wouldn't get too caught up in the martial mechanics part of the discussion. My point has nothing to do with swordsmanship, I just am not getting a sense of the hand's 3-dimentionality.

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    Amazing Work

    This illustration is just plain magnificent! As artist and designers, we can sometimes get so caught up in looking for what's wrong that we don't see the beauty right in front of us. If I were you, I'd ignore subjective criticism because your talent is obviously present and you're growth will come naturally. Amazing work!

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